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"Silly Love Songs" is a song written by Paul McCartney and performed by Wings. The song appears on the 1976 album Wings at the Speed of Sound. It was also released as a single in 1976. The US single was released on 1 April 1976[3] and spent five non-consecutive weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4][5] "Silly Love Songs" was the number 1 pop song in Billboard's Year-End Charts of 1976. It was also the group's second of three number ones on the Easy Listening chart.[6] The UK single was released on 30 April 1976[3] and reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart.[7][8] The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over one million copies.[9]


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  • Tony Dorsey
  • Thaddeus Richard
  • Steve Howard
  • Howie Casey


McCartney had often been teased by music critics as well as former Beatle and friend, John Lennon, for writing lightweight songs and he wrote this number in response.[10]

Not unlike "Goodnight Tonight", another of McCartney's singles from the era, the instrumentation in Silly Love Songs features a distinct disco flavour. Both "Silly Love Songs" and "Goodnight Tonight" appear again on McCartney's second greatest hits compilation, All the Best!.

This song was used in the pilot episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air when Carlton Banks is heard singing the first verse while taking a shower.

In 2005, the song was sampled in Jenn Cuneta's Come Rain, Come Shine.

In 2008, the song was listed at #31 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All Time, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[10]

Author Tim Riley suggests that in the song, McCartney is inviting "his audience to have a laugh on him," as Elvis Presley had sometimes done.[11]

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