I have posted on John Lennon each year around this time, because honestly, he was my favorite Beatle and he continued to be a favorite singer long after the Beatles broke up.
Today ( October 9 ) would have been his 75th birthday, had he not been taken from us in 1980, so I am doing our usual 5 best of… A little early this month to honor him. I do not claim to be an expert on his music, these are just the top 5 songs that are played on my Lennon playlist, that is much played on my iPod.
#5…. Jealous Guy
Jealous Guy first appeared on his 1971 album Imagine. It is one of the most commonly covered Lennon songs
#4…. Love Is Real
Love Is Real first came out on Lennon’s 1970 album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.
#3… Beautiful Boy
A song written for his son Sean, the song was released in 1980 on Double Fantasy, the last album made before his death. It contains on of my very favorite lines…”Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
#2… #9 Dream
One of my very favorite Lennon songs, it almost could be interchangeable with the number one choice.
#9 Dream was first on his 1974 album Walls and Bridges.
Probably predictable at being number one, but if any one ever asks me my favorite song of all time, this will come out of my mouth. Such a beautiful song, and probably his best selling in his solo career, and contains a message we could all learn from today. I know people diss Yoko, but she was beautiful in the video and I think the love her and John felt was beautiful.
Oh No… Can I post three honorable mentions? I know….it makes it a top 8…but these can’t be left out just because they didn’t make my top 5….
Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
What started out as a protest song against the Vietnam War has now become a Christmas tradition at my house and countless others. The song was released in 1971 as a single and includes the Harlem Community Choir.
Was released in 1970 by Apple as a single
Watching The Wheels
Released posthumously in 1981 after his murder. It was the third single off the Double Fantasy album.
You can usually find me traveling, queuing, or at barricade for a band. I am most likely doing all three things in a day.
If I'm not at a concert you can also find me digging through crates for that coveted black disc of vinyl.