By Miles Raymer
November 06, 2014 at 03:00 PM EST
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The real measure of a songwriter’s skill isn’t how many albums they’ve sold, but how often other artists have performed their songs. While Paul McCartney’s had no trouble moving units over the course of his career, the fact that he’s one of the most widely covered composers in pop music history–with over 2,000 known versions of his Beatles tune “Yesterday” alone–says much more about how much he means to the form.

Nov. 18 will see possibly the biggest tribute yet to Sir Paul’s compositional talents with the release of The Art of McCartney, a massive collection of covers by some of the biggest musicians of the past 50 years, including Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, and seemingly about half the performers who’ve ever been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Billy Joel contributes two covers to the cause: “Live and Let Die” and “Maybe I’m Amazed.” We have a sneak peek at Joel’s take on the biggest hit from the ex-Beatle’s 1970 solo debut–along with some behind the scenes footage and more info on The Art of McCartney–after the jump.


  1. Maybe I’m Amazed – Billy Joel
  2. Things We Said Today – Bob Dylan
  3. Band On The Run – Heart
  4. Junior’s Farm – Steve Miller
  5. The Long and Winding Road – Yusuf / Cat Stevens
  6. My Love – Harry Connick, Jr.
  7. Wanderlust – Brian Wilson
  8. Bluebird – Corinne Bailey Rae
  9. Yesterday – Willie Nelson
  10. Junk – Jeff Lynne
  11. When I’m 64 – Barry Gibb
  12. Every Night – Jamie Cullum
  13. Venus and Mars/ Rock Show – Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS
  14. Let Me Roll It – Paul Rodgers
  15. Helter Skelter – Roger Daltrey
  16. Helen Wheels – Def Leppard
  17. Hello Goodbye – The Cure ft James McCartney
  18. Live And Let Die – Billy Joel
  19. Let It Be – Chrissie Hynde
  20. Jet – Robin Zander & Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick
  21. Hi Hi Hi – Joe Elliott
  22. Letting Go – Heart
  23. Hey Jude – Steve Miller
  24. Listen To What The Man Said – Owl City
  25. Got To Get You Into My Life – Perry Farrell
  26. Drive My Car – Dion
  27. Lady Madonna – Allen Toussaint
  28. Let ‘Em In – Dr. John
  29. So Bad – Smokey Robinson
  30. No More Lonely Nights – The Airborne Toxic Event
  31. Eleanor Rigby – Alice Cooper
  32. Come And Get It – Toots Hibbert with Sly & Robbie
  33. On The Way – B. B. King
  34. Birthday – Sammy Hagar
  35. The limited edition vinyl boxset and deluxe boxset features the following eight extra tracks;

    1. C Moon – Robert Smith
    2. Can’t Buy Me Love – Booker T. Jones
    3. P.S. I Love You – Ronnie Spector
    4. All My Loving – Darlene Love
    5. For No One – Ian McCulloch
    6. Put It There – Peter, Bjorn & John
    7. Run Devil Run – Wanda Jackson
    8. Smile Away – Alice Cooper
    9. You can preorder the album in all its different formats here.