This week in 1981


1 Imagine John Len­non

2 Ant­mu­sic Adam and the Ants

3 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) John and Yoko and the Plas­tic Ono Band, with the Har­lem Com­mu­nity Choir

4 Do Noth­ing/Mag­gie’s Farm The Spe­cials fea­tur­ing Rico with the Ice Rink String Sounds

5 (Just Like) Start­ing Over John Len­non

6 Stop The Cav­alry Jona Lewie

7 Too Nice To Talk To The Beat

8 Rab­bit Chas and Dave

9 De Do Do Do De Da Da Da The Po­lice

10 Flash Queen

John Len­non was par­tic­u­larly proud of Imagine, say­ing he con­sid­ered it as strong a com­po­si­tion as any he wrote with the Bea­tles. Nei­ther the buy­ing pub­lic nor the crit­ics dis­agree. The song has sold more than 1.6 mil­lion copies in the UK alone, mak­ing it Len­non’s best sell­ing sin­gle in his home­land. In 2002, a sur­vey by the Guin­ness World Records Bri­tish Hit Sin­gles Book ranked it the sec­ond best sin­gle of all time be­hind Queen’s ‘Bo­hemian Rhap­sody’. And Rolling Stone ranked ‘Imagine’ No 3 on its list of the 500 Great­est Songs of All Time, be­hind Dy­lan’s ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ and The Rolling Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Sat­is­fac­tion’. First re­leased in 1971, Imagine was reis­sued fol­low­ing John Len­non’s mur­der in De­cem­ber 1980, reach­ing num­ber one in the UK for the first time, and re­main­ing at the top of the chart into the New Year.

John Len­non: Imagine was his most pop­u­lar song.

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