August 1

“Imagine:” The 1970s Best Selling Single by John Lennon


This is a classic song from the ’70s written by John Lennon along with his wife Yoko Ono. This song was recorded by John Lenon, and released in September 1971 from his album, Imagine.

Upon the release of the song, it became Lennon’s best selling single and entered into the country charts. It also reached number 1 most played song in the UK.

Broadcast Music, Inc. announced that the song “Imagine” is one of the top 100 most-performed songs of the 20th century. Thus, it also achieved a Grammy Hall of Fame Award, and an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Imagine, John Lennon
Via John Lennon Official Facebook Page

Of course, being known as one of the most favorite songs of the ’70s, Rolling Stone, an American magazine featuring different popular sons has listed this song as number three on “The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.” Taking advantage of its popularity this song has been recorded by well-known music artists including Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Joan Baez, Lady Gaga, Elton John, and Diana Ross.

About the Song

Lennon began recording the song “Imagine” at his home studio in Tittenhurst Park, England. This song was produced by Lennon, Ono, and Spector. Before Lennon’s death, he shared that the song’s lyrics and content were all came from his wife, Ono. In the later years, Ono then received a co-writing credit.

You may say that I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will be as one

The lyrics of the song shows encouragement to imagine a world of peace, one without having a division of religion and nationality. I agree with that because nowadays, there are many religions and wars popping around the world whereas conflicts arise. Of course, all of us have own beliefs about who our God is. Do you agree?

 Watch John Lennon’s performance below:

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