Power to the peo-POLL: The John Lennon Hits Poll

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
Instant Karma (We All Shine On) 20
Jealous Guy 11
Gimme Some Truth 6
Imagine 6
Watching the Wheels 6
Cold Turkey 5
#9 Dream 4
Give Peace a Chance 3
Mind Games 2
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) 2
Whatever Gets You Thru the Night 1
Woman 1
(Just Like) Starting Over 0
Stand by Me 0
Power to the People 0


late adopter, Saturday, 9 October 2010 23:50 (six years ago) Permalink

'instant karma'

balls, Saturday, 9 October 2010 23:54 (six years ago) Permalink

Cold Turkey but I prefer the one from Toronto.

Trip Maker, Sunday, 10 October 2010 00:05 (six years ago) Permalink

money for dope

David Allah Coal (sexyDancer), Sunday, 10 October 2010 00:07 (six years ago) Permalink

I know it's overplayed but "Imagine" really is a beautiful song.

scott pgwp (pgwp), Sunday, 10 October 2010 00:13 (six years ago) Permalink

1. mind games
2. #9 dream

iatee, Sunday, 10 October 2010 00:20 (six years ago) Permalink

Instant Karma

EZ Snappin, Sunday, 10 October 2010 00:23 (six years ago) Permalink

gimme some truth, to give it a vote

iago g., Sunday, 10 October 2010 00:24 (six years ago) Permalink

"Instant Karma" over "Jealous Guy" (though I think I prefer the Faces & the Roxy covers of the latter to the original)

Euler, Sunday, 10 October 2010 01:29 (six years ago) Permalink

Nearly a tie for me between Jealous Guy and Imagine, though I do have a strange attraction to Whatever Gets You Through the Night as well.

Imagine is just too wonderful to not vote for.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 10 October 2010 01:32 (six years ago) Permalink

I like all the Double Fantasy singles a lot.

Euler, Sunday, 10 October 2010 01:33 (six years ago) Permalink

Hey, it's still his birthday..."Instant Karma," followed by "#9 Dream."

clemenza, Sunday, 10 October 2010 01:34 (six years ago) Permalink

wait where's Borrowed Time I wanna vote for that one

acoleuthic, Sunday, 10 October 2010 01:35 (six years ago) Permalink

Had to be "Imagine" although I would have voted "Oh My Love" had it been on that compilation.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Sunday, 10 October 2010 11:29 (six years ago) Permalink

'Give Peace A Chance' over 'Instant Karma' over 'Watching The Wheels'. But this is a pretty thin return for half of a stellar career.

Ismael Klata, Sunday, 10 October 2010 11:57 (six years ago) Permalink

Cold Turkey or Mind Games. The latter (and #9 Dream) somehow always sounded great - really full & enveloping - on car radio in the 70s

modest marky (m coleman), Sunday, 10 October 2010 13:19 (six years ago) Permalink

Pretty difficult, but I went with Jealous Guy.

Tim. E "LazRus" Lucas (Prose b4 Hoes...and Big Hoos), Sunday, 10 October 2010 13:39 (six years ago) Permalink

This needed "Nobody Told Me."

raging hetero lifechill (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 10 October 2010 13:41 (six years ago) Permalink

These are my favorites. I guess I like his sentimental side.

Jealous Guy <---- voting for this
(Just Like) Starting Over
Watching the Wheels
Imagine

Waldstein Sinatra (Paul in Santa Cruz), Sunday, 10 October 2010 17:17 (six years ago) Permalink

Instant Korma

Histrionic-Dependent (PappaWheelie V), Sunday, 10 October 2010 17:24 (six years ago) Permalink

#9 Dream

In "Bob" There Is No East or West (WmC), Sunday, 10 October 2010 17:26 (six years ago) Permalink

nothing from jl/plastic ono band? you'd expect "mother" and "working class hero" at least.

my sex drew back into itself tight and dry (abanana), Sunday, 10 October 2010 17:32 (six years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 14 October 2010 23:01 (six years ago) Permalink

Imagine narrowly over Instant Karma.

i was like a person at a table at a place (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 14 October 2010 23:10 (six years ago) Permalink

"Imagine no possessions. I wonder if you can." FUCK OFF, BILLIONAIRE.

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 14 October 2010 23:12 (six years ago) Permalink

I really really really hate that line.

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 14 October 2010 23:13 (six years ago) Permalink

Neil Young once said that the "you" addressed in the majority of his songs was himself

may wanna keep that in mind

i was like a person at a table at a place (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 14 October 2010 23:21 (six years ago) Permalink

more than the browns-steelers line this week snrub? harsh

balls, Thursday, 14 October 2010 23:21 (six years ago) Permalink

"Imagine no possessions. I wonder if you can." FUCK OFF, BILLIONAIRE.

There's more than a little self-criticism in that line.

raging hetero lifechill (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 14 October 2010 23:48 (six years ago) Permalink

Listen to his singing.

raging hetero lifechill (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 14 October 2010 23:48 (six years ago) Permalink

Not a single song from his best solo album is a bit weird. "Mother" is better than all these songs.

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 15 October 2010 00:47 (six years ago) Permalink

"nobody told me" would be the one but it's not here so... instant karm, i'm thinking. i've got a soft spot for "watching the wheels" too.

hypnosis is the reason some Jewish people backed him → (will), Friday, 15 October 2010 00:51 (six years ago) Permalink

instant karma. fucking unbelievably brilliant. how did a song ever sound so polished yet so ramshackle so 'produced' yet so 'done-in-one-take'? Spectors's finest few minutes? it's certainly the most urgent, desperate, direct lyric of any of the solo Beatles and sounds for all the world to these ears like proto-Pistols.

i mean jesus christ have you heard this thing lately?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK_8bxovd04&feature=fvst

piscesx, Friday, 15 October 2010 01:05 (six years ago) Permalink

otm

raging hetero lifechill (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 15 October 2010 01:09 (six years ago) Permalink

I love "Instant Karma" and voted for it, but I'm not sure I understand the Pistols connection. I've never heard it as a desperate song, just sprightly and buoyant and engagingly optimistic (i.e., lots of optimistic songs aren't the least bit engaging).

clemenza, Friday, 15 October 2010 01:19 (six years ago) Permalink

Voted Instant Karma without thinking about it. Kinda surprised Oh Yoko isn't on here, just so perfectly bouncy and poppy, and was given renewed popularity by "Rushmore"

A solo Beatle--Paul, George, John, Yoko, etc. (Whitey on the Moon), Friday, 15 October 2010 01:43 (six years ago) Permalink

o there's a definite threat buried in there. sometimes i hear it in 'imagine' also.

balls, Friday, 15 October 2010 01:44 (six years ago) Permalink

instant karma def has a very unique production sound

iatee, Friday, 15 October 2010 01:49 (six years ago) Permalink

It's the drums. Alan White MAKES that song.

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 15 October 2010 01:55 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah considering how much i love his production for lennon and harrison solo i do wonder what it would've been if he'd actually been able to produce the beatles instead of just post-production. might've been a mess, but those solo beatles productions are the only post-'river deep' spector productions that actually sound fresh, still recognizably spector but not end of the century or whatever.

xpost - snrub otm! when i think of this song i think of 3 things - john's voice, that piano intro, and those fucking drums

balls, Friday, 15 October 2010 01:57 (six years ago) Permalink

haha I said "very unique"

but yeah 'post-'river deep' spector productions that actually sound fresh, still recognizably spector but not end of the century or whatever.' is otm

iatee, Friday, 15 October 2010 02:11 (six years ago) Permalink

on the one hand v. v. spector but you have lennon's vocal and the drums which are rebelling against the spector-form

iatee, Friday, 15 October 2010 02:18 (six years ago) Permalink

still voted for mind games tho

iatee, Friday, 15 October 2010 02:18 (six years ago) Permalink

I don't like his work for solo-Beatles at all. OK, "All Things Must Pass" was not all that bad because he compromised and did a more polished production than Spector usually did. But the Lennon ones sound tinny and awful. Probably because John wanted it that way (the John songs on "The Beatles" and "Abbey Roads" largely sound tinny and awful as well).

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Friday, 15 October 2010 09:07 (six years ago) Permalink

IMO Spector's last great work was the mid 70s Dion comeback.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Friday, 15 October 2010 09:08 (six years ago) Permalink

mind games
instant karma
watching the wheels
jealous guy

contenderizer, Friday, 15 October 2010 09:18 (six years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 15 October 2010 23:01 (six years ago) Permalink

Well right you are!

piscesx, Saturday, 16 October 2010 04:03 (six years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

is that 'instant karma' video linked upthread an alternate mix or a remaster or something? it's always been my favorite lennon solo moment, but i don't think i've ever heard it sound that good.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 30 October 2012 01:37 (four years ago) Permalink

that's a great song, great vid. but both jealous guy and gimme some truth are better songs

Dominique, Tuesday, 30 October 2012 05:30 (four years ago) Permalink

I would probably go for "Mind Games" these days. That album is actually pretty good in a sleeper kinda way.

"Imagine no possessions. I wonder if you can." FUCK OFF, BILLIONAIRE.

It's so funny that people still say this, it was in some Onion article recently when someone was slagging off "Imagine". No doubt JL heard it 10,000x when it came out 30+ years ago.

Imagine that song instead being about not wanting to pay taxes or some other area that would be more appropriate for a BILLIONAIRE to discuss.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 30 October 2012 19:44 (four years ago) Permalink

Sorry, 40+ years ago!

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 30 October 2012 19:45 (four years ago) Permalink

'i can't get no satisfaction' -- yeah right, you oversexed billionaire!

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 30 October 2012 19:53 (four years ago) Permalink

"Was it a millionaire who said 'Imagine no possessions?'/A poor little schoolboy who said 'We don't need no lessons?'"

C-3PO Sharkey (Phil D.), Tuesday, 30 October 2012 19:57 (four years ago) Permalink

thank god elvis costello never said anything stupid or ill-considered

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 30 October 2012 20:04 (four years ago) Permalink

He just did sit down in a blue chair

Mark G, Tuesday, 30 October 2012 20:32 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Just to add that I've written about most of these songs here: http://nobilliards.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/john-lennon-collection.html - "Gimme Some Truth" sadly not included, though "Cold Turkey" is.

agincourtgirl, Saturday, 2 November 2013 18:51 (three years ago) Permalink

This needed "Nobody Told Me."

― raging hetero lifechill (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), domingo 10 de octubre de 2010 14:41 (3 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Also love 'oh yoko' thanks to Wes Anderson but it doesnt qualify as a hit.

Moka, Saturday, 2 November 2013 21:36 (three years ago) Permalink

And by looking at the wikipedia article 'ntm' was one of his most popular chart singles, fared way better than jealous guy per example. It's really odd that imagine failed to go 1 in the US at the time.

Moka, Saturday, 2 November 2013 21:40 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

The more I hear '#9 Dream', the more I'm convinced it's the best single Lennon ever released.

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Saturday, 17 January 2015 21:43 (two years ago) Permalink

Yup.

Zings of Oblivion (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 17 January 2015 21:56 (two years ago) Permalink

I mean, that string arrangement is just fucking exquisite.

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Saturday, 17 January 2015 22:06 (two years ago) Permalink

oh yeah

Mark G, Sunday, 18 January 2015 17:10 (two years ago) Permalink

pretty cool instant karma "naked" version.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IPi2DKMCgM

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 29 January 2015 11:51 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

About time.

John Lennon’s 1971 song “Imagine” is considered one of his masterpieces. Rolling Stone once called it his “greatest musical gift to the world.”

It was also undeniably inspired by Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono. Indeed, Lennon drew portions of the lyrics in “Imagine” from Ono’s 1964 poetry book, “Grapefruit.”

And in a 1980 video interview, Lennon said the song “should be credited as a Lennon-Ono song because a lot of it — the lyric and the concept — came from Yoko.”

Soon, more than four decades after the song’s release, 84-year-old Ono is likely to receive the songwriting credit Lennon said was always due her.

On Wednesday, the chief executive of the National Music Publishers Association announced that the process is underway to add Ono to the song as a co-writer, Variety reported. David Israelite, the CEO, shared the news at the organization’s annual meeting in New York, where “Imagine” received the “Centennial Song” award.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 15 June 2017 12:13 (one week ago) Permalink

damn right. i still love the bit in the 1988 Imagine film where he's playing it on piano for the first time, to those 2 geezers who's names escape me i'm sorry to say. it's really fallen off the radar that film, i think it got crushed under the weight of 'Anthology'.

piscesx, Thursday, 15 June 2017 13:01 (one week ago) Permalink

About the credits, if Lennon thought she deserved to get some, why didn't he change them at the time ?
I would have been easy since he's the only one credited... and he had 10y to do it...

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 15 June 2017 13:11 (one week ago) Permalink

Probably because she's been collecting the royalties as heir to them, so it makes no direct financial difference.

Mark G, Thursday, 15 June 2017 13:14 (one week ago) Permalink

hmm. these changes (like the mccartney-lennon inversion) so long after one of the main person concerned has passed seem a bit uncalled for imo.
especially since they won't change anything financially.

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 15 June 2017 13:40 (one week ago) Permalink

They extend the copyright, reportedly.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 15 June 2017 13:43 (one week ago) Permalink

ah ok, THAT is a good reason !
same for the mccartney/lennon, then, I suppose.

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 15 June 2017 13:52 (one week ago) Permalink

copyright extended 70 years after death of last heir

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 15 June 2017 14:04 (one week ago) Permalink

oh then that doesn't change anything, then...

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 15 June 2017 14:09 (one week ago) Permalink

That's not how creative copyright works, is it? It's not the heir, it's 70 years after the death of its author. From the Washington Post:

Adding Ono to the credits of “Imagine” is significant in part because it would extend the amount of time the song would be able to reap income for its creators, as Variety pointed out. A song enters the public domain 70 years after the death of its last songwriter.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 15 June 2017 14:14 (one week ago) Permalink

So adding Yoko extends the copyright by at least 37 years.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 15 June 2017 14:15 (one week ago) Permalink

also on the subject of her influence; the original design of the 1964 Grapefruit isn't.. a million miles away from a certain album

https://www.manhattanrarebooks.com/pictures/1079.jpg

piscesx, Thursday, 15 June 2017 15:27 (one week ago) Permalink

That's not how creative copyright works, is it? It's not the heir, it's 70 years after the death of its author. From the Washington Post:

Adding Ono to the credits of “Imagine” is significant in part because it would extend the amount of time the song would be able to reap income for its creators, as Variety pointed out. A song enters the public domain 70 years after the death of its last songwriter.

― Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 15 June 2017 14:14 (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Ah ha HA!

Which also explains why "Happy Birthday to you" wasn't supposed to come out of copyright until 2030, despite its original authors writing it in 1893. Because it got 'reassigned' to some other people in 1933 or something. (They packed all that in, you can sing it for free now)

Mark G, Thursday, 15 June 2017 17:06 (one week ago) Permalink


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