Imagine

~ Song

Wikipedia

"Imagine" is a song co-written and performed by English musician John Lennon. The best-selling single of his solo career, its lyrics encourage the listener to imagine a world at peace without the barriers of borders or the divisions of religion and nationality and to consider the possibility that the whole of humanity would live unattached to material possessions. Shortly before his death, Lennon said that much of the song's "lyric and content" came from his wife Yoko Ono, and in 2017, she received a co-writing credit.

Lennon and Ono co-produced the song and album of the same name with Phil Spector. Recording began at Lennon's home studio at Tittenhurst Park, England, in May 1971, with final overdubs taking place at the Record Plant, in New York City, during July. One month after the September release of the LP, Lennon released "Imagine" as a single in the United States; the song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and the LP reached number one on the UK chart in November, later becoming the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed album of Lennon's solo career. Although not originally released as a single in the United Kingdom, it was released in 1975 to promote a compilation LP and it reached number six on the chart that year. The song has since sold more than 1.6 million copies in the UK; it reached number one following Lennon's murder in December 1980. In 1985, the Central Park Conservancy memorialised a portion of the park in honour of Lennon, called Strawberry Fields, with a mosaic that reads "Imagine".

BMI named "Imagine" one of the 100 most-performed songs of the 20th century. The song ranked number 30 on the Recording Industry Association of America's list of the 365 Songs of the Century bearing the most historical significance. It earned a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. A UK survey conducted by the Guinness World Records British Hit Singles Book named it the second best single of all time, while Rolling Stone ranked it number three in their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Since 2005, event organisers have played it just before the New Year's Times Square Ball drops in New York City. Dozens of artists have performed or recorded versions of "Imagine", including Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Joan Baez, Elton John and Diana Ross. Emeli Sandé recorded a cover for the BBC to use during the end credits montage at the close of the 2012 Summer Olympics coverage in August 2012. "Imagine" subsequently re-entered the UK Top 40, reaching number 18.

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Relationships

composer: John Lennon (Beatle)
lyricist: John Lennon (Beatle)
Yoko Ono (Japanese-American musician and artist)
publisher: Downtown DMP Songs
Lenono Music
SecondHandSongs: http://www.secondhandsongs.com/work/5917 [info]
Songfacts: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1094 [info]
Wikidata: Q1971 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/John_Lennon:Imagine [info]

Recordings

Date Title Attributes Artist Length
performance
1971 Imagine (live, 1971: The Apollo) live John Lennon 3:11
1972-01-19 Imagine cover and live Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders 8:52
1972-08-30 Imagine (live 1972-08-30: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, USA) live John Lennon 3:17
1972 Imagine cover Joan Baez 3:27
1973-11-07 Imagine (live in studio, 1973-11-07: Liisankadun Studio, Helsinki, Finland) cover Wigwam 3:45
1980-12-04 Imagine (1980-12-4: Frankfurt) cover and live Queen 2:24
1980-12-14 Imagine (live, 1980-12-14: Festhalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany) cover and live Queen ?:??
1980-12-14 Imagine (1980-12-14: Frankfurt, Germany) cover and live Queen 2:18
1983-12-08 Imagine cover and live David Bowie 4:39
1987-03 Imagine cover and live Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler 2:53
1991-12-12 Imagine cover and live Tori Amos 3:09
1991-12-12 Imagine (live: 1991-12-12: Sunderland, UK) cover and live Tori Amos ?:??
1993-07-16 Imagine (Live in Argentina) cover and live Guns N’ Roses 2:11
1999-06 Imagine cover and instrumental Karumanta 3:07
2004-11-22 – 2004-11-23 Imagine cover and instrumental Vijay Iyer 3:44
2004 Imagine (studio demo 2004) cover Madonna ?:??
2011-04-23 Imagine cover and live Chris Cornell 4:07
2011-07-08 Imagine cover and live A Perfect Circle ?:??
2011-11-16 Imagine (live; 2011-11-16: The Howard Stern Show: New York, NY, USA) cover and live Chris Cornell 3:31
2011-11-16 Imagine (live, 2011-11-16: The Howard Stern Show, New York, NY, USA) cover and live Chris Cornell 3:30
2011 Imagine cover Waterloo 4:22
2013-03-30 Imagine cover and live A Perfect Circle 4:51
2014-07-18 Imagine cover and live Eddie Vedder 3:57
2014-10-03 Imagine (live, 2014-10-03: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO, USA) cover and live Pearl Jam 3:35
2014-10-05 Imagine (live, 2014-10-05: Zilker Park, Austin, TX, USA) cover and live Pearl Jam 4:49
2014-10-09 Imagine (live, 2014-10-09: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, NE, USA) cover and live Pearl Jam 3:37
2014-10-16 Imagine (live, 2014-10-16: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI, USA) cover and live Pearl Jam 4:18
2014-10-17 Imagine (live, 2014-10-17: iWireless Center, Moline, IL, USA) cover and live Pearl Jam 3:23
2014-10-19 Imagine (live, 2014-10-19: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN, USA) cover and live Pearl Jam 4:21
2014-10-22 Imagine (live, 2014-10-22: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO, USA) cover and live Pearl Jam 3:40
2014-12-07 Imagine cover and instrumental Orquestra Ouro Preto 5:02
2016-04-11 Imagine (live, 2016-04-11: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL, USA) cover and live Pearl Jam 3:49
2016-04-30 Imagine (live, 2016-04-30: International Jazz Day 2016: The White House, Washington, DC, USA) live Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin, Al Jarreau, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jamie Cullum, Sting, Terence Blanchard, Dianne Reeves, Terri Lyne Carrington, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Wayne Shorter, Christian McBride, Marcus Miller, Lionel Loueke, Trombone Shorty & Zakir Hussain ?:??
2016-05-10 Imagine cover and live Pearl Jam 4:06
2017-11-10 Imagine cover and live A Perfect Circle 4:50
Imagine John Lennon ?:??
Imagine John Lennon 3:03
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Imagine John Lennon 3:23
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Imagine John Lennon & Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir 4:25
Imagine John Lennon 3:24
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Imagine John Lennon 2:55
Imagine John Lennon 3:17
Imagine John Lennon 3:02
Imagine John Lennon 2:57
Imagine John Lennon 2:47
Imagine John Lennon 2:57
Imagine John Lennon 3:11
Imagine John Lennon 2:56
Imagine John Lennon 2:44
Imagine John Lennon & Yoko Ono 2:07
Imagine John Lennon 2:59
Imagine John Lennon 3:03
Imagine Nils Landgren 3:52
Imagine cover Exilio 3:50
Imagine cover Madonna ?:??
Imagine cover Peter Gabriel 3:24
Imagine cover Kids United 3:08
Imagine John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band (with the Flux Fiddlers) ?:??
Imagine cover and live Paul Carrack with the SWR Big Band 5:33
Imagine cover Booost 3:53
Imagine cover Blake Lewis 3:08
Imagine cover Rachael Leahcar 3:44
Imagine cover Avril Lavigne 3:12
Imagine cover Joana Duah 3:33
Imagine cover Tommy Williams, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Carl Davis 3:31
Imagine cover Orquesta Sinfónica de la Ciudad de Asunción 3:41
Imagine instrumental [unknown] 3:25
Imagine cover and instrumental Pedro Javier González 3:07
Imagine cover Pentatonix 4:23
Imagine cover Pentatonix 4:20
Imagine cover Susan Boyle 3:26
Imagine cover David Munyon 4:18
Imagine cover and instrumental Ralf Willing and his Multisound-Orchestra 3:21
Imagine cover Pink Turtle 5:17
Imagine cover Dena DeRose 6:20
Imagine cover and instrumental [unknown] 3:10
Imagine cover and instrumental Chantal 3:15
Imagine cover and instrumental Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 4:12
Imagine cover Mark Knopfler ?:??
Imagine cover and live Pearl Jam 3:36
Imagine cover and live Pearl Jam 3:53
Imagine cover and live Pearl Jam 4:28
Imagine cover and live Pearl Jam 5:23
Imagine cover and live Pearl Jam 3:58
Imagine cover and live Pearl Jam 5:10
Imagine cover Cheryl Porter & Vox Box Singers 4:58
Imagine (uncredited instrumental synthesizer cover) cover and instrumental John Lennon 3:11
Imagine (live) live John Lennon 2:57
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Imagine John Lennon 3:01
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Imagine John Lennon 3:02
Imagine live John Lennon 0:57
Imagine John Lennon 3:05
Imagine John Lennon 3:47
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Imagine live John Lennon ?:??
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Imagine John Lennon 3:14
Imagine John Lennon 3:52
Imagine John Lennon 3:03
Imagine John Lennon 3:04
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Imagine John Lennon 3:12
Imagine John Lennon feat. Freddie Mercury 2:03
Imagine cover and live Queen + Paul Rodgers ?:??
Imagine cover and live Queen + Paul Rodgers ?:??
Imagine cover and live Tori Amos ?:??
Imagine cover and live Tori Amos 3:09
Imagine cover Tori Amos 3:07
Imagine cover and live Tori Amos 3:29
Imagine cover Petula Clark 3:41
Imagine cover Tori Amos 3:28
Imagine cover 5OL1D FU3L 4:17
Imagine cover Invisible Limits 4:12
Imagine cover and instrumental Joaquim Sanchez & Pipes of the Enamorates 3:30
Imagine cover and instrumental Kaare Norge 2:56
Imagine cover and instrumental Jack Long 3:02
Imagine cover 藤田恵美 4:04
Imagine cover and live The Harlem Gospel Singers 4:26
Imagine cover and instrumental Jan Vayne 4:27
Imagine instrumental The Button Down Brass & Ray Davies & His Funky Trumpet 3:00
Imagine cover 青山テルマ 2:59
Imagine cover Janet Kay 4:02
Imagine cover Bon Jovi 4:16
Imagine cover, instrumental and live César Camargo Mariano & Prisma 4:20
Imagine cover Musica nuda 8:24
Imagine cover Musica nuda 4:21
Imagine instrumental Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 3:34
Imagine cover Matt McAndrew 3:29
Imagine cover Chelsea Collins 2:55
Imagine cover and instrumental SOIL&“PIMP”SESSIONS 11:58
Imagine cover and instrumental Vitamin String Quartet 2:50
Imagine cover A Perfect Circle 4:48
Imagine John Lennon 3:05
Imagine cover Lotte Kestner 3:51
Imagine John Lennon ?:??
Imagine cover Petula Clark 2:58
Imagine cover DJ Nu‐Mark & Pomo 3:08
Imagine cover 386 DX 3:08
Imagine cover Bruno Pelletier 3:08
Imagine cover Nicole Henry 4:58
Imagine cover The Talkabouts feat. Liz McClarnon 2:58
Imagine cover and instrumental Les Fradkin 3:05
Imagine cover and instrumental Attila Fias 5:45
Imagine cover The BB Band 3:01
Imagine cover and instrumental Dan Mylotte 4:21
Imagine cover and instrumental Pedro Guasti 3:06
Imagine cover and instrumental Scott Williams 3:06
Imagine cover Sexy Lounge Players feat. Gabrielle Chiararo 3:57
Imagine cover Cheryl Porter 4:30
Imagine cover Eva Cassidy 4:36
Imagine (live, 1983-12-08, Hong Kong) cover and live David Bowie 4:48
Imagine cover Gavin Castleton 3:55
Imagine cover S.O.S. United 4:01
Imagine cover Playing for Change 3:27
Imagine cover and instrumental [unknown] 3:13
Imagine cover and instrumental Jordan Rudess 3:50
Imagine cover 衛蘭 3:55
Imagine (digitally remixed and remastered) John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band (with the Flux Fiddlers) 3:03
Imagine cover Sarah Vaughan 4:37
Imagine (original studio mix) John Lennon 3:04
Imagine cover Auscultate 3:33
Imagine cover Gregorian 5:10
Imagine cover Gregorian 4:07
Imagine cover Diana Ross 3:02
Imagine cover Angie Aparo 3:28
Imagine cover Tracie Spencer 4:29
Imagine cover Sibel 3:09
Imagine cover 15-16 puzzle 1:41
Imagine cover Richard Cheese 1:47
Imagine cover Jack Johnson 3:40
Imagine cover Avril Lavigne 3:12
Imagine cover Allison Crowe 3:13
Imagine cover Vicki Genfan 6:29
Imagine cover Kathy Fisher 3:07
Imagine cover Emeli Sandé 3:11
Imagine (live, Reinvention Tour) cover and live Madonna 3:51
Imagine cover Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:43
Imagine cover and instrumental The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 3:35
Imagine cover Herbie Hancock feat. P!nk, Seal, India.Arie, Jeff Beck, Konono Nº1 & Oumou Sangaré 7:20
Imagine cover Νότης Μαυρουδής & Παναγιώτης Μάργαρης 3:16
Imagine cover Richard Elliot 4:17
Imagine cover Ray Conniff 3:12
Imagine cover Franck Pourcel 3:11
Imagine cover Gonzalo Rubalcaba 6:29
Imagine cover and live Mia Martini 3:43
Imagine cover Collage 6:09
Imagine cover Richie Havens 5:11
Imagine cover and live Wigwam 3:32
Imagine cover John Bayless 3:22
Imagine cover and live Elton John ?:??
Imagine cover Tania Maria 5:20
Imagine cover The Shadows 3:31
Imagine cover Scram 4:43
Imagine cover Morgan Fisher 5:34
Imagine cover Scott Bakula 3:06
Imagine cover and live Zucchero feat. Randy Crawford 6:13
Imagine cover and live Liza Minnelli 3:37
Imagine cover Blues Traveler 3:45
Imagine cover Celestial Winds 3:37
Imagine cover Yoshiko Kishino 3:19
Imagine cover Frank Vignola 4:30
Imagine cover David Young 4:15
Imagine cover Khaled feat. Noa 4:07
Imagine cover Etta Cameron 3:22
Imagine cover Andy Williams 3:18
Imagine cover Ray Charles 4:29
Imagine cover Fausto Papetti 3:11
Imagine cover Susan Cadogan 3:17
Imagine cover Ray Charles feat. Ruben Studdard & the Harlem Gospel Singers 4:28
Imagine cover Paulo Ricardo 4:04
Imagine cover MakroSoft 3:07
Imagine cover Corey Feldman 5:17
Imagine cover The Fron Male Voice Choir 3:43
Imagine cover Etta James 3:38
Imagine cover Declan 3:04
Imagine cover Connie Talbot 3:05
Imagine cover The Persuasions 5:57
Imagine cover Rhythms del Mundo feat. Jack Johnson 4:13
Imagine cover Alex Parks 3:14
Imagine cover Me’Shell NdegéOcello 3:16
Imagine cover Our Lady Peace 3:51
Imagine cover Josh Groban 4:06
Imagine cover Cilla Black feat. Cliff Richard 3:40
Imagine cover Neil Young 3:01
Imagine cover and live Roberto Carlos 3:45
Imagine cover Keb’ Mo’ 4:55
Imagine cover Jordis Unga 3:19
Imagine cover Susan Wong 3:31
Imagine cover BeatleJazz 9:54
Imagine cover Rick Springfield 3:14
Imagine cover Dolly Parton 3:52
Imagine cover and live Yoko Ono 4:45
Imagine cover Chalice 4:20
Imagine cover Eva Cassidy 4:35
Imagine cover Steve Rizzo ?:??
Imagine live Pearl Jam 3:38
Imagine cover Mike Massé feat. Jeff Hall 3:25
Imagine cover and live Neil Young & Crazy Horse ?:??
Imagine cover and live Neil Young & Crazy Horse ?:??
Imagine cover and live Tym & Co 4:17
Imagine cover, instrumental and live Fausto Mesolella 2:59
Imagine cover Ray Charles 4:29
Imagine cover Ray Charles 4:30
Imagine cover Ray Charles 4:29
Imagine cover Sub-Level 03 ?:??
Imagine cover Antony and the Johnsons 4:36
Imagine cover Taio Cruz 3:00
Imagine cover Rachel Z 7:00
Imagine cover and instrumental Bill Frisell 4:52
Imagine cover U-Traxx 4:56
Imagine cover Charlie Landsborough 4:25
Imagine cover Mikkelborg, Knudsen & NHØP 3:19
Imagine (live) cover and live Bon Jovi 6:07
Imagine cover Tommy Emmanuel & Human Nature 4:27
Imagine cover Nana Mouskouri 3:10
Imagine cover Glee Cast 2:23
Imagine cover Keiko Lee 6:17
Imagine cover and live OS Isaak Iselin ?:??
Imagine cover and instrumental Chet Atkins 4:08
Imagine cover Average White Band 4:57
Imagine cover Roger Whittaker 3:42
Imagine cover Randy Crawford accompanied by Yellowjackets 5:58
Imagine cover Randy Crawford 5:42
Imagine cover Acker Bilk 3:25
Imagine (live: Hong Kong) cover and live David Bowie ?:??
Imagine cover Sam Tsui & Ahmir 3:45
Imagine cover and live Allison Crowe 3:17
Imagine cover and live Allison Crowe 3:02
Imagine cover Randy Crawford 4:16
Imagine cover Randy Crawford 4:34
Imagine cover Randy Crawford 4:30
Imagine cover and live Randy Crawford and Yellowjackets 6:00
Imagine cover Randy Crawford 5:47
Imagine cover Randy Crawford 5:34
Imagine cover Randy Crawford 4:28
Imagine cover Randy Crawford 5:30
Imagine cover Randy Crawford with Yellowjackets 5:43
Imagine cover PCA Problems 3:47
Imagine (2) cover and instrumental Jan Vayne 3:44
Imagine (4th Feb) live John Lennon ?:??
Imagine (acoustic) John Lennon 2:58
Imagine (acoustic) cover Invisible Limits 3:42
Imagine (acoustic) live John Lennon 2:57
Imagine (alternate mix) John Lennon ?:??
Imagine (alternate take) John Lennon ?:??
Imagine (Alternate Take) John Lennon ?:??
Imagine (alternate version) John Lennon 3:10
Imagine (Aria) cover John Bayless 1:56
Imagine (Bossa Nova version) cover Bossa Nova All-Star Ensemble 3:00
Imagine (complete solo piano take) John Lennon ?:??
Imagine (cover) cover and instrumental Damian Zantedeschi 3:04
Imagine (Imagine LP Sessions) John Lennon ?:??
Imagine (instrumental version) cover and instrumental Sexy Lounge Players 3:55
Imagine (instrumental) instrumental John Lennon 3:01
Imagine (John Lennon) cover Lex Luthor 3:25
Imagine (Live, Jerry Lewis TV Show) live John Lennon ?:??
Imagine (live) cover and live Peter Gabriel 3:24
Imagine (live) live John Lennon 3:09
Imagine (live) cover and live Madonna 3:39
Imagine (live) cover and live Tori Amos 3:10
Imagine (live) cover and live Randy Crawford feat. Yellowjackets 4:17
Imagine (live) cover and live Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:42
Imagine (live) cover and live Bruce Hornsby 4:03
Imagine (Matt Pop remix) (radio edit) Cilla Black 4:22
Imagine (Omega III club vocal) cover Sir Ivan 10:45
Imagine (outtake) John Lennon ?:??
Imagine (Piano Rehearsal) John Lennon 1:25
Imagine (rehearsal) John Lennon 1:26
Imagine (remix) John Lennon 3:04
Imagine (Sinfonia) cover John Bayless 3:24
Imagine (Solo Piano) John Lennon ?:??
Imagine (Soundboard) live John Lennon ?:??
Imagine (studio outtake) John Lennon ?:??
Imagine (take 1) John Lennon 3:06
Imagine (take 1) John Lennon 3:23
Imagine (Take 1) John Lennon 3:04
Imagine (Take 1) John Lennon ?:??
Imagine (The Voice Performance) cover Sawyer Fredericks 3:10
Imagine (version 2, take 1) John Lennon 3:15
Imagine / Woman cover The Shadows 3:35
Imagine! cover Jeff Berlin 7:38
Immagina un bel mondo cover Gino Paoli 5:05
My Love / Imagine / You're Sixteen cover, instrumental and medley Geresti 9:10
Patience / Imagine (“Unplugged” live, 1993-07-16: USA) cover, live, medley and partial Guns N’ Roses 8:17
Sweet Talking Hippie / Imagine cover and live Blues Traveler 19:46