McCartney, who is currently promoting a new book, made the comments in an interview with “The New Yorker” David Remnick published on Monday.
“I’m not sure if I should say that, but they are a blues cover band, which is the style of Stones,” McCartney said, adding: “I think our network is wider than theirs.”
This is not the first time McCartney has compared his own former band to the Rolling Stones.
“Their stuff is rooted in Bruce. When they write things, it is related to Bruce. And we have more influence,” he said. “There are many differences, but I like Stones, but I’m with you. The Beatles are better.”
Mick Jagger, the lead singer of the Rolling Stones, responded to these comments in an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Low.
“Obviously there is no competition,” Jagger said with a smile.
“However, the biggest difference is that the Rolling Stones have been a large concert band for decades and other times. The Beatles have never even conducted an arena tour. Madison Square Garden has a good sound system. “Jagger said, adding: “They broke up before that business started, the real touring business.”
The Beatles and Stones were the two most famous bands in the world in the 1960s. Although the Rolling Stones were still touring after 60 years, the Beatles parted ways in 1970.
Although many fans blamed the split on him, McCartney, now 79, told BBC Radio 4 that co-lead singer John Lennon instigated the split.
“One day, John walked into the room and said,’I’m leaving the Beatles.’ He said, “It’s very exciting. It’s like a divorce. “Then we can only clean up the mess,” McCartney told reporters John Wilson in an interview clip that aired on Monday.
The full interview will be broadcast on October 23.
McCartney’s latest book “Lyrics” will be published on November 2.
The book is described as a “self-portrait in 154 songs,” including comments on its lyrics, edited by Irish poet Paul Malden.