John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s songwriting partnership is one of the most famous in music history. However, the duo weren’t always fans of each other’s work. Notoriously, the candid Lennon called some of Paul’s tracks “granny music”, for being old fashioned as the sort you could tap dance to or sing in a top hat.
Tensions were high when The Beatles were recording 1968’s The White Album.
When working on Paul’s Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Lennon allegedly got pretty fed up.
According to Geoff Emerick, sound engineer on late Beatles album: “This was a McCartney composition that Lennon openly and vocally detested. As more of Paul’s granny music s***.”
Here’s a list of McCartney’s songs that Lennon considered to be this “granny music”.
The Beatles: Paul McCartney’s ‘granny music’ songs according to John Lennon
John Lennon would make fun of some of Paul McCartney’s songs in jest
When I’m Sixty Four
Your Mother Should Know
Maxwell’s Silver Hammer
Martha My Dear
Good Day Sunshine
You Gave Me The Answer
Paul’s “granny music” continued beyond The Beatles in some of his solo work
Lennon was famously not particularly a fan of Paul’s Let It Be song either, despite the track now being considered one of the most iconic Beatles tracks.
In a 1980 interview, Lennon said: “That’s Paul. What can you say?
“Nothing to do with the Beatles. It could’ve been Wings.
“I don’t know what he’s thinking when he writes Let It Be.”
Lennon couldn’t get over the apparent religious connotations of Let It Be it seems.
Which is apparently why on the album, he can be heard mocking the song on the track before.
American record producer Phil Spector was brought in to complete the record and left it in.
The previous track to Let It Be is Dig It and at the end, Lennon can be heard saying in a high-pitched squeaky voice: “And now, we’d like to do Hark the Angels Come.”
However, in a recent interview with Howard Stern, McCartney insisted that Lennon didn’t hate Let It Be.
The Beatle said: “John didn’t mind Let It Be. He never said to me, ‘Oh, it’s religious,’ because he knew my mother was called Mary.
“I told him, ‘I had a dream… He didn’t mind it. The thing about John is he would just take the p**s out of anything he wanted to.
“He would make fun of things and you just knew that was John.”