Imagine (studio album) by John Lennon

Imagine
Imagine by John Lennon
Year: 1971
Overall rank: 317th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 993 votes)
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Award Top 20 albums of 1971 (13th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1970s (84th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (317th)
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John Lennon bestography

Imagine is ranked 2nd best out of 19 albums by John Lennon on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by John Lennon is John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band which is ranked number 142 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 12,618.

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81/100 (from 993 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 81.4/100, a mean average of 80.2/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.6.

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From 06/15/2020 19:38
With Plastic Ono, All things Must Pass, and Band on the Run this is one of the best Beatle solo albums. Lennon's vast songwriting talent runs the gamut of emotions on Imagine. Wispy philosophical tracks like the title song, How, Oh My Love are combined with vitriolic rockers like Gimme Some Truth, How do you Sleep, Crippled Inside. Oh yeah it's also got Jealous Guy. A Lennon classic with some great piano by session wizard Nicky Hopkins.
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75/100
From 12/21/2019 23:58
By far his best release.
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90/100
From 06/29/2019 06:08
Such an important album for so many reasons

Firstly its by John Lennon , enough said

Secondly it contains "Imagine" one of the most significant songs in recorded history

And thirdly it's only 10 tracks long but there is so much packed into these 10 gems. There is the heavy weight icons in "Imagine" and "Jealous Guy" , the Lennon soul barring tracks in "Crippled Inside" , "It's So Hard" and "How?" , the Lennon love letters to Yoko in "Oh My Love" and "Oh Yoko!" , strong political commentary in "I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier" and "Gimme Some Truth" and of course the unforgettably blistering attack on McCartney on "How Do You Sleep?" . Every word every note has meaning

The 'Imagine' rabbit hole is deep and dark , how ever here's my recommendation:
(1) Listen to the standard album and become familiar
(2) Check out 'Imagine (The Ultimate Collection)' a 61 track 4.5 hour behemoth covering demos and unused tracks from the Imagine sessions
(3) Watch the documentary "Above Us Only Sky" about these sessions
(4) Watch the documentary "Gimme Some Truth" which further expands on the making of Imagine
(5) And if your feeling really motivated check out the 1971 Lennon/Yoko produced "Imagine" which is more like a home movie than actual movie and is very weird ( wanna see Lennon eating Chess Pieces ? You got it here )

An absolutely essential album
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From 04/09/2019 16:51
Perfection. The title track is my inspiration.
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95/100
From 03/07/2019 16:53
Overall: 9.4/10

Top Tracks: "Crippled Inside", "How Do You Sleep?", "Oh Yoko"
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From 09/14/2018 18:04
John Lennon’s most accessible and successful album. Has some wonderful songs on it and it’s well produced. It’s not perfect. The title track is problematic coming from a millionaire but it’s sentiments are honourable and I think genuine. We could have done without the nasty and vitriolic How do you sleep. Despite the superb slide guitar from George Harrison ! Overall a top class album that I’d recommend.
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85/100
From 06/28/2018 22:45
Less personal album, a more political centered one. "Jealous Guy" being one his more intricate introspective expression. "Gimme Some Truth", "Cripple Inside" and "Imagine" being some of the obvious political expression in this album.
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80/100
From 05/01/2018 13:46
Beautiful, my favourite Lennon album closely followed by Plastic Ono Band. This album just feels fuller in sound as opposed to the minimalism of his debut.
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80/100
From 02/11/2018 21:37
Nel 1971 quello di John Lennon era ancora uno dei due o tre nomi davvero imprescindibili.
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75/100
From 01/29/2018 05:14
Ultimately a little uneven, but it's still John Lennon and some of the songs I didn't already know are worth hearing.
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Best Albums of 1971
1. Untitled (Led Zeppelin IV) by Led Zeppelin
2. Who's Next by The Who
3. Hunky Dory by David Bowie
4. Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones
5. What's Going On by Marvin Gaye
6. Blue by Joni Mitchell
7. Meddle by Pink Floyd
8. Tago Mago by Can
9. L.A. Woman by The Doors
10. Fragile by Yes
11. Tapestry by Carole King
12. Bryter Layter by Nick Drake
13. Imagine by John Lennon
14. Electric Warrior by T. Rex
15. Aqualung by Jethro Tull
16. Master Of Reality by Black Sabbath
17. At Fillmore East by The Allman Brothers Band
18. Ram by Paul & Linda McCartney
19. There's A Riot Goin' On by Sly & The Family Stone
20. Maggot Brain by Funkadelic
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