Are these songs by Paul McCartney or John Lennon?

Was it the Smart Beatle? Or the Cute Beatle?


We could sit around and debate all day long which one's better. Ultimately, you can't argue that they were at their best when they worked together. There was something really special about the way these two complement one another.

But, nothing lasts forever. The Beatles broke up, and then Lennon and McCartney went their separate ways, each forging a successful solo career. What we'd like to know is whether you can tell their songs apart! We'll name a tune, and you tell us who it came from. No tricks here, it's all fairly straightforward. Even more than we're trying to test your knowledge, we just want to celebrate these two songwriters. 

One caveat: We might include some tracks from Wings (so, pick McCartney) or Plastic Ono Band (choose Lennon). 

When you're finished, tell us which one you prefer in the comments section below. Go ahead and share your score, too, if it's worth bragging about!

  1. Jealous Guy
  2. Instant Karma
  3. Maybe I'm Amazed
  4. Working Class Hero
  5. Jet
  6. Mull of Kintyre
  7. Mind Games
  8. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
  9. Give Peace a Chance
  10. Happy Xmas (War is Over)
  11. Wonderful Christmastime
  12. No More Lonely Nights
  13. Another Day
  14. Watching the Wheels
  15. Whatever Gets You Thru the Night
  16. Coming Up
  17. Temporary Secretary
  18. Imagine
  19. Cold Turkey
  20. Here Today

Are these songs by Paul McCartney or John Lennon?

Your Result...

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DeborahRoberts 5 months ago
20/20 Both brilliant. Blessed to have seen McCartney in concert. Wish I could have seen Lennon.
mda 6 months ago
18/20 I like Lennon's songs better. They were great together but I think Lennon was the genius in the band.
Dajj 6 months ago
18/20. Great song writers. I remember watching the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show; great! My sister and I waited all day to watch that show. Great times!
scaryd66 6 months ago
I did pretty good since I wasn't a big fan of their music.
BorisK 6 months ago
John Lennon was not the 'smart' Beatle, nor smart much of anything. He did have a mean streak and a sharp tongue, only rivaled by his heroin addiction from 1968 until 1980 (his death), philandering ways and terrible parenting skills. Without McCartney the Beatles would have hit rock bottom and disbanded after Sgt. Peppers.
BorisK 6 months ago
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Lillyrose 6 months ago
12 out of 20. I don't like the Beatles, except for 2 songs: Paul McCartney's "Penny Lane," and John Lennon's "Help." Really cute songs! Very cheery. Except for those 2 songs, the Monkees music is definitely way better!
Bapa1 Lillyrose 6 months ago
Monkees were my intro to rock music. Still love them to this day.
nd1irish Lillyrose 6 months ago
Lily, hate to break the news to you but you’re in the minority. Even the Monkees liked the Beatles’ music better. 😀
Lillyrose Bapa1 6 months ago
I do too. They're fun to watch and listen to!
Lillyrose nd1irish 6 months ago
I am in the minority, but that doesn't bother me. I didn't know that the Monkees liked the Beatles music better. I read somewhere that John Lennon liked the Monkees TV show. I think that he said they were like the Marx brothers.
nd1irish Lillyrose 6 months ago
You are correct. You can prefer whatever band you want. I’m a big Monkees fan too. I Love ‘ Pleasant Valley. 🎶 Have a great day!
JayBurd 6 months ago
I was hungry until I took this quiz....then I remembered that naked pic of John & Yoko and lost my appetite.
Peter_Falk_Fan 6 months ago
15/20 I would've done better if they had more songs from the "Band on the Run" album on here. It has gotten a lot of playing time on my record player.
AgingDisgracefully 6 months ago
Thought you were going to list BEATLE songs credited to both, but essentially just one.
My mistake.
Here's a lowly-viewed/listened to toe-tapper from Paul:
nd1irish 6 months ago
20/20 FYI Give Peace a Chance was originally credited to Lennon–McCartney so, in a way, both answers could be correct.
cperrynaples nd1irish 6 months ago
Yep, but it's considered a Plastic Ono song! Fun Fact: Tommy Smothers played acoustic guitar!
nd1irish cperrynaples 6 months ago
Petula Clark on backing vocals
cperrynaples nd1irish 6 months ago
She's still ALIVE!
nd1irish cperrynaples 6 months ago
91 years old. One year older than Yoko.
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