John Lennon (Beatle)

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John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (born John Winston Lennon; 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of rock group the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney, he formed a songwriting partnership that is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century.

Born and raised in Liverpool, as a teenager Lennon became involved in the skiffle craze; his first band, the Quarrymen, evolved into the Beatles in 1960. When the group disbanded in 1970, Lennon embarked on a solo career that produced the critically acclaimed albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, and iconic songs such as "Give Peace a Chance" and "Working Class Hero". After his marriage to Yoko Ono in 1969, he changed his name to John Ono Lennon. Lennon disengaged himself from the music business in 1975 to raise his infant son Sean, but re-emerged with Ono in 1980 with the new album Double Fantasy. He was murdered three weeks after its release.

Lennon revealed a rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, writing, drawings, on film and in interviews. Controversial through his political and peace activism, he moved to Manhattan in 1971, where his criticism of the Vietnam War resulted in a lengthy attempt by Richard Nixon's administration to deport him, while some of his songs were adopted as anthems by the anti-war movement and the larger counterculture.

As of 2012, Lennon's solo album sales in the United States exceeded 14 million and, as writer, co-writer or performer, he is responsible for 25 number-one singles on the US Hot 100 chart. In 2002, a BBC poll on the 100 Greatest Britons voted him eighth and, in 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth-greatest singer of all time. He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1968 Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins John Lennon & Yoko Ono 3
1969 Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With the Lions John Lennon & Yoko Ono 3
1969 Unfinished Music No. 3: Wedding Album John Lennon & Yoko Ono 2 3
1970 John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band John Lennon 3.35 11
1971 Imagine John Lennon 3.6 10
1972 Some Time in New York City John Lennon & Yoko Ono 3 8
1973 Mind Games John Lennon 3.5 11
1973 Live Jam John Lennon & Yoko Ono 1
1974 Walls and Bridges John Lennon 4
1975 Rock 'n' Roll John Lennon 3 6
1980 Double Fantasy John Lennon & Yoko Ono 4 13
1983 Classics Meet Pops Johann Sebastian Bach, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Leonard Bernstein, William Christopher Handy, John Lennon, Paul McCartney; Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker 1
1983 Milk and Honey John Lennon & Yoko Ono 6
1986 Menlove Ave. John Lennon 1
1994 Beatles Classic Hits John Lennon & Paul McCartney 1
2010 Double Fantasy Stripped Down John Lennon & Yoko Ono 5 2
2011 Imagine Sessions John Lennon 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1975 Shaved Fish Compilation John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band 4 5
1989 The John Lennon Collection Compilation John Lennon 3 3
1990 Lennon Compilation John Lennon 2
1993 Karaoke Lennon & McCartney Compilation John Lennon & Paul McCartney 1
1997 Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon Compilation John Lennon 2 5
1998 Anthology Compilation John Lennon 2
1998 Wonsaponatime Compilation John Lennon 2
2001 Instant Karma: All Time Greatest Hits Compilation John Lennon 1
2004 Acoustic Compilation John Lennon 4 1
2005 Working Class Hero: The Definitive Lennon Compilation John Lennon 3
2006 Remember Compilation John Lennon 1
2008 Greatest Hits Compilation John Lennon 1
2010 Power to the People: The Hits Compilation John Lennon 3
2010 John Lennon Signature Box Compilation John Lennon 1
2010 Gimme Some Truth Compilation John Lennon 1
2012 The Gold Collection Compilation John Lennon 1
Best Compilation John Lennon 1
Greatest Hits Compilation John Lennon 1
Peace, Love & Truth Compilation John Lennon 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1969 Live Peace in Toronto 1969 Live John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band 5
1986 Live in New York City Live John Lennon 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1988 Imagine: John Lennon Soundtrack John Lennon 3
2006 The U.S. vs. John Lennon Soundtrack John Lennon 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1970 Mother John Lennon 3
1971 Power to the People John Lennon 1
1971 Imagine John Lennon 3
1971 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir 3
1971 Power to the People John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band 2
1972 Woman Is the Nigger of the World John Lennon 1
1973 Mind Games John Lennon 2
1974 Whatever Gets You Through the Night John Lennon 2
1974 No. 9 Dream John Lennon 2
1975 Stand by Me John Lennon 2

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