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At number 3 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest songs of all time is “Imagine” by John Lennon. This song was recorded in the late spring of 1971, and released as a single in the USA in October of the same year, when it got to number 3. The song was not released as a single in the Disunited Kingdom until 1975, when it was used to promote a Lennon compilation album “Shaved Fish”; it got to number 6. It was re-released in the DUK after Lennon’s death in 1980, and this time it got to number 1 where it stayed for four weeks. It has gone on to become the best-selling single of Lennon’s solo career, and is also his best known solo composition.



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At number 3 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s ‘500 Greatest Songs of all Time’ is “Imagine” by John Lennon.



The lyrics are very simple yet very powerful (and naive, which Lennon freely admitted). He would say in later interviews that several of the ideas in the song were inspired by Yoko Ono’s 1964 book “Grapefruit”, but that he was too “macho” at the time to give her proper recognition for her part in the song. Lennon had only learnt to play the piano in 1970, and yet the melody of “Imagine” is deceptively complex.

It has been performed by many other artists, including recently by Lady Gaga at the opening ceremony of the multi-sport European Games at Baku (see below). But, despite the numerous covers, Lennon’s original is still the best known version.


Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

You may say 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

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one


Here is the original video of this great song. Enjoy!




Here is Lady Gaga’s recent cover, performed at the opening ceremony of the European Games in Baku.






Who has performed your favourite version of this song?

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