John Lennon

The Beatles Top 60 Solo Songs: #10: “Imagine”- John Lennon. “Imagine” may be the most famous song that John Lennon wrote- including songs he wrote for The Beatles. It’s like “Yesterday” is for Paul McCartney. It’s hard to believe that this didn’t get to #1 it peaked at #2. It was the best selling single of his solo career. Rolling Stone which used to cover music extensively once called “Imagine”- John Lennon’s greatest musical gift to the world.” The magazine would rank “Imagine” at #3 in their 500 Greatest Songs Ever list. Former President Jimmy Carter has said “”in many countries around the world – my wife and I have visited about 125 countries– you hear John Lennon’s song ‘Imagine’ used almost equally with national anthems.”

While the song is full of contradictions- ‘imagine no possessions”- John and Yoko [ who is now given a songwriting credit for the song} certainly weren’t living that life. While I don’t necessarily agree with everything John is singing-bottom line is- it’s just a song- and a great sounding song at that.

Here is John Lennon on “Imagine.”

The concept of positive prayer … If you can imagine a world at peace, with no denominations of religion – not without religion but without this my God-is-bigger-than-your-God thing – then it can be true … the World Church called me once and asked, “Can we use the lyrics to ‘Imagine’ and just change it to ‘Imagine one religion’?” That showed [me] they didn’t understand it at all. It would defeat the whole purpose of the song, the whole idea.


  1. One part of me says #9 is too high, one part says that it should be #1 , no debate needed. It is a GREAT song, but to my ears, probably not Lennon’s best. I like “#9 Dream” better and “Mind Games” and probably “Starting Over” and “Watching the Wheels” too. BUT…man, nice lyrics and it’s a song that people know. You don’t have to be a Beatles fan or a 50-55 year old like me to know it. It showed the Beatles had relevance still even after they broke up, so for that, it might be the most important thing any of them did after the breakup.

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