Imagine (John Lennon song)

song writen and composed by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, originally recorded by John Lennon and released in 1971

"Imagine" is a song written and performed by English rock musician John Lennon. It is the first track on his album Imagine, released in 1971. "Imagine" was released as a single in the United States where it reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100. When asked about the song in one of his last interviews, Lennon said that "Imagine" was as good as anything he had written with the Beatles.[2] The song is one of three Lennon solo songs, along with "Instant Karma!" and "Give Peace a Chance", in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Rolling Stone ranked "Imagine" the 3rd greatest song of all time in their The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time issue.[3] David Archuleta sang the song in Season 7 of American Idol. The song was written to encourage people to believe/imagine a world where everyone was equal and peaceful, without the separation of different religions, beliefs, races etc.

Single by John Lennon
from the album Imagine
B-side"It's So Hard" (US)
'"Working Class Hero" (UK)
Released11 October 1971 (US)
24 October 1975 (UK)
GenreSoft rock[1]
Songwriter(s)John Lennon
Producer(s)John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Phil Spector
John Lennon singles chronology
"Power to the People"
"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"


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  3. "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. 2004-12-09. Archived from the original on 2012-03-10. Retrieved 2009-07-17.

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