I fell in love with Lennon in the eighth grade. Not a romantic love, but an admiration. His music has helped shape me, my philosophy, and my experiences. They sometimes just spark strong emotion or send my soul sailing. Today is John Lennon’s 76th birthday, and I am mildly/healthily obsessed with him, so this is my second post today about him. Ha. These are the top sixteen songs of his solo music career, in my opinion. And, it is complete links to the songs on YouTube(which I do not own). Hope these songs take you down memory lane, give you inspiration, are simply added to your list to listen to/try, or make you feel like you’re floating on a cloud like me. Haha.
1. “Everybody’s talking about revolution, evolution, masturbation, flagellation,…”
GIVE PEACE A CHANCE
Obviously this is on the list. It is my favorite, and it is even my name on instagram @givepeaceachance123, since just givepeaceachance was taken. I even have it written on a necklace. Side story, I sometimes stalk the person who has @givepeaceachance to see if they have deleted their profile or something, but it’s been years so I’ve kept the ‘123’ haha. Anyways, this song is just so important, for I am a peace-lover. It is also important to remember even in this century of violence, horror, separation, and sorrow.
2. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”
Of course this is on the list. This song is also important to circulate around society. We have to think about this song and its vision. I often get teary-eyed when I listen to this song, which is why I do not listen to it often even though it’s so phenomenal, because it’s like wow look at this vision he and others have and he did not live to see them take place. Will we even live to see them take place? Will they take place.
3. “Was it just a dream…Seemed so very real to me”
I absolutely adore this song. I have never been high, but I am sure how I feel during this song is what being high feels like. Haha. Every time I listen to this song, I feel like I am in a pitch black room with colorful abstract images squiggling around on the walls, and I am floating on a cloud with a dog by my side and a fishing pole in my hand (but my vision during this song never shows what I am fishing for). So yeah. It is a mellow, unique, song that makes me feel weightless.
4. “Love is a flower, you’ve got to let it grow.”
I love this song. It’s so inspirational. I actually have this quote in my bathroom, because the theme of my bathroom is flowers. I agree though, we need love and we need to pay attention to it, desire it, and let it grow. Love>fear and love>hate.
5. “We all shine on like the moon, and the stars, and the sun.”
INSTANT KARMA(WE ALL SHINE ON)
This is another song of his with amazing lyrics. I’m sure you recognize the excerpt from many lists of his top quotes. It comes from this song. Like probably every song John has made, this has such an amazing message intertwined in the music.
6. “I was dreaming of the past, and my heart was beating fast.”
I love this song. It’s a softer, slow, and more romantic-associated song to me. But, I really love the beat of the song and think it’s soft, sweet, and apologetic.
7. “I was the Walrus, but now I’m John.”
This song is great and so deep. You may recognize it from the famous line “god is a concept by which we measure our pain”. I love this song. It’s actually kind of sad to me because I feel this is the end of The Beatles, but it is so captivating and lures you in to listen and understand what John is singing.
8. “Don’t need a sword to cut through flowers. Oh, no.”
WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT
This song is so upbeat and catchy. Plus, it’s with Elton John so trust me, it is amazing. I love the instruments used in it too. It’s a great song. The horns in the song make it so much more fantastical.
9. “But when I see you darling, it’s like we both are falling in love again.”
JUST LIKE (STARTING OVER)
I love this song. It’s obviously about Yoko Ono. It is so sweet, and it has a great beat. I love how it starts off all slow and sweet, then the beat picks up. Side note, I don’t care what anyone says about Yoko Ono, John was very in love with her. They were so in love and no one should be angry at that.
10. “When I say that I’m okay, they look at me kind of strange.”
WATCHING THE WHEELS
I love this song because it’s so personal and real. This song is about when he spent time at home taking care of Sean after The Beatles. People expected him to be sad and bored but he loved his new life and moments just being a father and husband. This song makes me happy because of its deep simplicity. And like the others, I love the beat. It’s also relatable even though it’s so personal in a way. I don’t know. I connect to it somehow.
11. “Say you want a revolution, we better get on right away.”
POWER TO THE PEOPLE
This is such a powerful song, since it should be because “power” is in the title of the song. It isa great anthem for justice, peace, love, and equality. I love the stomping in the beginning of the song for some reason too. It’s cool because there’s a coffee shop here in San Francisco called Coffee to the People, and I feel like it’s named after this song. It’s my favorite coffee shop because of the name, the decorations, and the amazing customer service. I sound like an ad, but yeah. I love this song. lol. People possess great power when they come together, and with great power comes the possibility of reform.
12. “I wish I was a baby, I wish I was dead.”
This song is so upbeat and so raw and personal.The guitar contribution in this song is also amazing. This song is simply amazing. From the surface, it seems like a crazy song but it’s very deep and about heroin withdrawal John endured when he was addicted in 1968. I also for some reason love the weird noises he makes at the end of the song. It enhances the context and experience of this song, of going cold turkey, and of John.
13. “Happy new year. Let’s hope it’s a god one, without any fear.”
HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER)
I love this song. It has a nice and simple captivating beat that makes you uncontrollably sway side to side. I never considered it a Christmas song though. I know I am analytical, but I know it’s not too analytical to assume this song is not a Christmas song. It’s about war and it ending. That feeling is way better than Christmas. I love this song, and I love that it is associated with Christmas because then I hear it in stores, the radio, and on television. Plus, then I don’t look crazy for playing it on Spotify that time of the year. (I play Christmas songs all year round, I don’t care. lol)
14. “When the night has come, and the land is dark, and the moon is the only light…”
STAND BY ME
Just to be clear, “Stand by me” is not by John Lennon like most of the world thinks. It’s actually a cover of the song by Ben E. King (his original is a great version by the way). But, Lennon made a phenomenal cover of the song. This video associated with it is so cute too. Like I said, I do not care what anyone says I loved John Lennon and Yoko Ono together. They embodied real, raw, and true love in my opinion. This song is cute too. It’s very heartwarming and confident.
15. “Keep you doped with religion and sex and tv”
WORKING CLASS HERO
I love the rhythm and tone of this song. It’s probably one of the first solo songs I heard by John Lennon. The context of the song is in the title, but it goes very deep into being a working class citizen in society. I love soul-baring music because of its authenticity and connectivity, and this song does that. The lyrics are all “quote-worthy”, every single line.
16. “Mama don’t go, daddy come home.”
This song sends chills and pain through my soul. But, the strong emotion it invokes is why I love it so much. The title is self-explanatory, it’s about his mother and his childhood. He lost his mother young due to a drunk driver who was an off-duty cop. Because of all of the emotions and issues he endured later on in life, John was involved in “Primal Scream Therapy” when he made this song about his mom. So, it’s another deep and naked song of John’s life, pain, and mind. The beat, the lyrics, the noises it all is beautifully burned into your memory and existence.
****Hope you enjoyed this list! If you know John Lennon’s music, be sure to post your favorite songs in the comments below! Or, post me any other artist or song you love! And, feel free to tell me which songs you agree/disagree with on my list. Thanks for reading!