Gastro--I am relaxed as can be. I stand by each of my statements. Some of your comments are just, well, misguided, but afterall, it IS only music and I enjoy a good discussion as much as the next person. I remember the period distinctly and I am telling you, Macca was way ahead of him in any measure you'd like: Popularity--Song Quality..both in number and individually--Overall Album Quality, etc. I love JL--dont get me wrong. No doubt that he and Paul got off to strong solo career starts, but JL just gassed on SINYC, Mind Games and some of W & B. Paul had dips with Wild Life and RRS, but the awesome quality of BOTR and under-rated and quite excellent V&M, along with the prior great efforts with Mccartney & Ram, solidify my comments.
Comments about JL having more songs mentioned as "the best" in polls (and those are laughable usually---small samples and 25 years after the fact) are usually fueled by revisionism caused by Lennon's untimely death, and those who can't stand the fact that Macca was the better songwriter after 1965. We will never know what would have happened post 1980, but my guess would be that macca would have continued his dominance.
Aside from my whimsical look at post 1980, those are the facts. Sure JL had some GREAT songs. Macca had more during the period mentioned. You are certainly entitled to your opinion. Just don't portray it as the opinion of the "masses". The masses do not include flimsy internet polls and the pro-lennon, Anti-macca rag, Rolling Stone, and others like it. (PS..I'll give you 1980, but only due to the fact that macca put out an experimental album and JL had 1/2 a good album with 3 or 4 really nice songs). [:D] And your defintion of a "classic album" sounds a bit contrived if it includes POB and only includes BOTR. Must be those masses again, lol. If one chooses to look at "masses" the only "masses" that matter are the ones buying the albums.....not the critics or the 263 respondents to an internet poll.