Top 15 John Lennon Solo Songs

After John Lennon left The Beatles, he did not stop creating and created many more hits. In this article you will find a description of the songs, the history of their creation, videos.

The best solo songs of John Lennon: video, track description

Highlight the best songs John Lennon is not the easiest task. During his career, the brilliant performer created many compositions, which charted in the US and UK. This list features some of John Lennon's best songs since he left Beatles. In our top everyone can find a track for themselves.

Give Peace a Chance

June 1, 1969 in Montreal, John Lennon recorded the first solo composition, which is called "Give Peace a Chance". At this time, John meets his future darling for the second time. Yoko Ono.

The song made a splash and immediately began to be in demand among fans of the Liverpool composer. On the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the track took 14th place, but the work achieved more success in the UK chart, taking second place.

The track also became a symbol of the anti-war movement in the United States, which at that time was actively gaining momentum - it was played at numerous rallies. In particular, because of this, they wanted to deport Lennon from the country.

Instant Karma

January 27, 1970 the world heard another hit by a brilliant composer, which was called "Instant Karma". The single was released with the support of the studio Abbey Road. It was recorded by Lennon with the band plastic ono. The solo album was a huge success - sales of the record exceeded one million. The composition was produced Phil Specter and was able to achieve huge success, conquering both the American and British charts. 

Working Class Hero

Another work that was recorded on Abbey Road. "Working Class Hero" is a hit that became part of the first record created by the collaboration  John Lennon and Plastic ono. The recording of the album lasted a month, in September-October 1970. The track received a lot of positive feedback, in particular from such artists as: David Bowie, Roger Taylor, Ozzy Osbourne.


Track God is another result of the fruitful work of the John Lennon group and Pelastic Ono. The work received the title of one of the most controversial. In the composition, Lennon spoke about those in whom he did not believe, rejecting religion. Lennon brings all this to ensure that at the end of the work to focus on the phrase:

"If there is a God, then we are all - It is he".


According to many critics and artists, this work is one of the most successful performed by John Lennon. Jamie Atkins said in 2019 that this is not a song, but a frank and inspiring prayer that will long remain in the hearts of the masses.

Jealous Guy

Single Jealous Guy became the decoration of the same record "Imagine". John was inspired to create this piece trip to indiawhere he received both a sea of emotions and spiritual enrichment. In particular, the musician visited the Maharishi in the city of Rishikesh, where all members of The Beatles had a meditation session. Together with other singles composition is included in final a variant of the band's "White Album".

Give Peace a Chance

A month after John and Yoko moved to New York, in the end 1971, the musicians started recording the album "Some Time in New York City". This move and New acquaintances gave new strength to create. All this happened against the backdrop of attempts deportation of Lennon from the USA:

“If this person wants to put us out, we will jump and scream. The Statue of Liberty said "Come!" - that was John's answer.

Happy Christmas (War is Over)

Artwork by John Lennon in collaboration with Yoko "Happy Christmas (War is Over)" became anthem for many people who support the ideas of peace on the planet. The work was created with harlem community choir. In the US, the track could be heard already on the eve of Christmas. 1971, and British listeners could appreciate Lennon's next hit only a year later.

 In the 1970s, you could hear something in this song revolutionary, as it rose issues of unity and equality.

Mind Games & Out of the Blue

Work on the work "Mind Games" was conducted already during the release of the Beatles "Let It Be". The track was first named "Make Love Not War", as the song is dedicated to love and peace. From a phrase "All of a sudden" you can understand that John and Yoko started making music together unexpectedly. 

Whatever Gets You Through the Night

This composition is first successful solo song, which was able to conquer the American Hot 100 chart, topping it in the shortest possible time. Unlike American listeners, British fans didn't like the track as much as it only peaked at number 36 in the UK.

It was one of the few creations of John, which received such high praise. This single featured Elton Johnwho plays the piano. This track can be safely called one of the most emotional and sensitive works. 

#9 Dream

This song won the hearts of many fans, some of them still believe that this one of the best works Lennon. What captivates the public the most chorus of the song, in which the artist's vocals are perfectly combined with the cello. 

(Just Like) Starting Over

Album "Double Fantasy." special in its own way. Not because it included some hit songs that won the hearts of the masses. This record is released just three weeks before Lennon's assassination. Single "(Just Like) Starting Over" achieved incredible success, topping the US and UK charts, but Lennon did not witness this achievement.


"Woman" - a work that Lennon dedicated not only to Yoko, but also to other female representatives. The author did not live to see the release of the single, so he was killed a month before. In the last interview that the musician gave to the magazine Rolling Stone a few days before the tragedy, John said: 

“The song reminds me of a Beatles track, but I didn't try to make it sound like that. I did it the same way I did "Girl" years ago. So this is the adult version of Girl.

Nobody Told Me

The single was originally going to be released on an album. Ringo Starr 1981, which is called "Stop And Smell The Roses". But the track was released only in 1984 on «Milk and Honey», which is presumably a continuation of the record "Double Fantasy.". The song won the hearts of many, which allowed it to become popular both in Europe and overseas. The composition took first place in the top 5 of the chart in the US and sixth position in the UK.


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