Think of music from the 1960s-70s, and the name John Lennon will immediately pop into your mind. From the uber popular Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds to the haunting solo, Imagine, that has become a cult anthem. The American singer, songwriter and musical performer was a founding member of the most commercially successful music bands of all time — The Beatles. When the group disbanded in 1970, Lennon released several politically charged songs that intensified the anti-war movement of the 1970s. He was highly influential and used his music as a medium for peace-activism.
The ace musician was assassinated on December 8, 1980, shortly after his 40th birthday. On the 35th anniversary of his death, we remember the musical legend with a list of some of his most successful singles that remain evergreen even today.
The timeless ‘Imagine’ has inspired tonnes of covers in the past 40 years. Even though Lennon himself considered it a bit naive, it still remains an anthem that will restore your faith in humanity. Even the most cynical have been known to soften within earshot. These unpredictable days of war, terror and natural calamities are when one should play it on loop, for it only serves to strengthen its influence.
Instant Karma was John Lennon’s first solo top 10 hit in America’s Billiboard Hot 100 — it made it to No. 3. Written, recorded and released within 10 days, it is a direct, yet deep commentary on the Law of Karma. Billy Preston played the organ, George Harrison played the guitar, and Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono sang along the chorus with the others.
Watching the Wheels will stay evergreen as long as adolescence stays confusing, angsty and misunderstood — which is forever. This song is like an understanding companion for the youth that is still romantic enough to daydream and pause to enjoy the scenery, while the rest of the world zooms past.
John Lennon’s first single to reach the No. 1 spot was the result of a collaboration with famed pianist Sir Elton John. The music legend also provided backing vocals to the track, which has been described as one of Lennon’s ‘breeziest solo cuts’.
Just Like Starting Over was Lennon’s first single to have been released after a five-year hiatus spent in domestic bliss, with son Sean and Wife Yoko Ono, and it is obvious. It is peppered with emotions of love and optimism for the future. Released shortly after his birthday — marking his entry into the fourth decade of his life — this song is ironical as he was killed a little over a month after the track’s release.
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