John Lennon

English singer Website

Approval Rate: 75%

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    Sun Sep 26 2010

    I like Imagine, but not really anything else. I heard that he wasn't a good father and even disowned his son. But my rating isn't based on that, it's based on only enjoying one song by him.

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    Wed Sep 09 2009

    Better with The Beatles...a little too far "out there" on his own. Atheists/Agnostics might have liked it a lot, but "Imagine" was surely personally offensive to those of religious faith--especially the majority who don't "use" religion as a weapon as a division, but rather hold faith that it may be a unifying force. I'll go with my beliefs anyday over Lennon's prescribed vision of "utopia"...

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    Wed Jul 29 2009

    IMO: I think Yoko diluted the quality of his later work quite a bit. His lyrics came across as practically obsessed with her...

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    Fri Mar 06 2009

    Awesome songwriter. Brought a lot of depth and creativity to Paul's pop tunes. His later albums were quite good early on and then too much wealth and isolation sort of strangled his songwriting. IMO his songs after The Beatles far outstrip anything McCartney did. So sad a nutcase ended his life so young. Actually any song written individually by Lennon or McCartney never equalled the music penned by them together.

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    Mon Sep 01 2008

    A lot of arrogance and hostility here. What's wrong with you people? Settle down, kids!

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    Thu Jul 03 2008

    He was definitely the most talented and intelligent Beatle. Some of his solo records were pretty good, though I never cared for pablum like "Imagine" and "Starting Over".UPDATE: I still think Lennon is great;after all when I was 5 years old, I wanted him to wait for me to grow up so we could get married. Wasn't in the cards. I've been listening to the White Album lately  and I've concluded that I gave Paul McCartney short shrift. I think his music on this album is actually stronger than Lennon's.

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    Thu Jul 03 2008

    Excellent songwriter witch was his primary strength. For that he deserves a 4 in my book. Adequate guitarist (he's better than me) and pretty good on piano.

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    Sun Dec 30 2007

    OK an important musician,i was a big fun of him when i was 15,now i think he was overated

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    Tue Dec 18 2007

    next to dylan, the best rock poet ever.

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    Mon Jul 09 2007

    I don't really get this one at all.  I think he's okay....feels kind of like adult contemporary radio stuff to me.  The one thing is that Lennon never toured-and the Beatles seldom did.  Touring is complimentary to any band/musician.  Take that away...all you have are studio albums, which are often hard to judge because you don't know how much is studio magic...the road has a lot to do w/a solo artist/band and while albums certainly are great and often help...there is certainly something lacking in his solo stuff.

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    Mon May 28 2007

    the best solo artist ever, period. no one comes near, what this man has done. his music will be around until the end of the world. it stands the test of time.

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    Sun Apr 22 2007

    What can you say about someone that went from being an English art school bum to playing Hamburg clubs on pill speed to becoming a superstar rock icon all in a matter of just a few years? This will do things to a person's mind very quickly. I like a few of The Beatles tunes around 1965-66 and that's about it. I don't care for Sgt. Pepper, I don't think it is the masterpiece that it is touted as being and as far as his solo stuff (and really all of the post Beatles solo records for that matter),  I just really don't want to sit and listen to some doped-out, arrogant rich English jerk that lives in a fantasyland tell me that we all need to get together, throw away our possessions, our religions, our lifestyles and all hold hands and get with the idealistic peace program. Uh-huh, you first! I agree with ILikePie. I don't advocate his murder, but I certainly was no fan of his solo stuff,  his condescending, stuck-up attitude or his unrealistic quasi-socialist political leanings. Good ridda... Read more

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    Fri Nov 03 2006

    This man is not a good musician. He is not a freedom fighter. He is not a hero. He is an arrogant, stuck-up jerk, who was up his own arse.

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    Wed May 31 2006

    I have to agree with meatmaller. He is on of 4 and not even in the best 2 of those 4 in my opinion.

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    Thu Mar 30 2006

    Are u kidding me? Why is Lennon rated so high? he's one of 4. Please get him off the list before I puke. Ahead of Clapton and Zeppelin, whatever. The best thing about this guy was the bullet that went through him.

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    Tue Mar 28 2006

    There would have been no Beatles without John Lennon. The same can be said of McCartney, but McCartney would not have been the song writer he was if not for Lennon. Lennon was a lyrical genius. Of course I did not agree with all of his politics, his drugs, or his view on religion, but when it comes to the category of Rock Music I have to say he was the best.

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    Tue Jan 17 2006

    Brilliant. Beautiful, caring, imaginative, creative, enigmatic, temperamnetal, romantic, lyrical, generous, poetic, revolutionary, universal, the greatest thing that ever happened to music in the 20th Century. A genius, and my favorite artist of all time. Not enough words to do him justice.

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    Mon Dec 19 2005

    With the Beatles-he would automatically get 5 star! But by himself (or with Yoko),1 isn't low enough!

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    Thu Dec 08 2005

    Today is the 25th anniversary of Lennon's death. Musically, he had some down moments as a solo artist, but he was probably still the best- McCartney had some fine moments, but produced a lot of dreck, Harrison peaked early, and Ringo had some good stuff, but was essentially just a good time, inoffensive entertainer sort. I like Lennon's Plastic Ono Band and Imagine lp's. He never made what I would consider a true 5 star album on his own, but he always had good non-lp singles, and all of his real albums, except the early weird things he did with Ono, have at least some good stuff on them. Lennon could be preachy, and sometimes took rather ill advised positions both musically and politically, and I'm not a Yoko apologist, her attempts at being musical are farcical at best- her quivering shrieks are some of the most frighteningly awful things there are. Yet I think he was rather brave, and he was not one of the ivory tower sorts: he really believed in his ideals. Lennon had an understand... Read more

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    Fri Oct 21 2005

    I remember Lennon from the early days of the Beatles - he as a great character and a very astute and witty man. That all disappeared the moment he met Yoko. He became serious and dour. And to what end? Did he put his money where his mouth was? Neither of them did anything that cost them a bean, unlike Paul and Linda. I recall J & Y pontificting on the Eamon Andrews show once about their vegetarianism and meditation, and "Buddistic" thinking. This from a couple of people who wore animal skins and kept an entire room to house their fur coats at the right temperative. Hypocrites? Are you kidding? Hypocrites is not a strong enough word.

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    Mon Aug 22 2005

    Lennon is a masterpeice I LOVE YOU WILL Chase if you cant see that you are Stew-pod!!!????

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    Sat Aug 20 2005

    the Broadway show has a showcase of outstanding voices singing John's songs.. the audience gave them a rousing standing ovation..

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    Fri Aug 19 2005

    Lennon was good but where is Paul McCartney on this list? He was MUCH more successful than Lennon after the Beatles broke up.

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    Fri Aug 05 2005

    one of my favorite Beatles...peolpe talk to much stuff about him. Hes a great guy.

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    Sat Jul 09 2005

    I guess I was pissed about the breakup of the fab four and that Yoko Ono thing to get too much into John Lennon as an artist.

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    Wed Jun 29 2005

    You people are retards. Lennon was a genius and you all are jealous.

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    Tue Jun 28 2005

    don't think he could sing at all

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    Wed Jun 15 2005

    He was another rock star who got sucked into using his talents to push his political views on the general public. His song Imagine is a perfect example.

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    Tue Jun 14 2005

    A true poet. Some of his solo work fell a bit short, but overall he was great. I didn't agree with a lot of his politics, but I appreciated the way he expressed himself and wish there were more around like him today.

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    Mon May 23 2005

    Part of a revolutionary band and a changing time in music.

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    Tue May 17 2005

    As a soloist he was overrated. Yes, he wrote some great songs but he also wrote some pretentious crappola. His peace trip is overrated. This man was a Socialist hard leftist who hibernated in the Dakota for 5 years doing Coke!

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    Sat May 07 2005

    A master songwriter taken tragically from this world by crazed gunman. His music lives on...

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    Tue Apr 05 2005

    Miss him. He literally changed music. Doing a paper on the Beatles. Anyone wanna help me? Got any good sites? HELP! --meghan

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    Thu Mar 10 2005

    I can't believe how many pigs are still out there. Some of you guys need to learn how to listen. John Lennon's solo work had something that is sorely in need in today's workL: space. Yes, he left a little for you to fill in the gaps. It's not something missing! Some of you guys need to take your cowboy hats off and listen!

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    Tue Mar 08 2005

    truely amazing song writer, but over rated as a leader in world peace.

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    Wed Feb 16 2005

    john lennon was an individual who brought hope to mankind. the hope that this world could be a better place. having suffered much from his childhoood, much of his songs express anger towards god and this world, however we have to take into account that he was a confused depply wounded man therefore he had a right to resent the world for not giving him what he needed however his anger directed towards god seems to come out of ignorance since he relates his pain with god

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    Mon Feb 14 2005

    He's the best poet I know. I think I should study him in my 20th century poetry class.

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    Wed Feb 09 2005

    One of the greatest composers of our time the other being Sir Paul McCartney. Although John's views were a little of center, his heart was in the right place. All you need is love and Give Peace a Chance are not terrible things to say. Listen to songs like Norwegian Wood, In My Life, or Imagine just to name a few. They are brilliant songs. It is tragic to see that people like Ricky Martin, NSync and Britinny Spears are considered great performers by todays youth. Listen to the music and you will understand.

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    Sun Dec 26 2004

    Yoko was a fraction of the breakup but too were the eastmans and the EGO in the band. Lennon was great, and if you hate dirty hippies then i take it you hate nearly every 60s-70s musician.The people who don't like lennon, why leave your negative comments, i mean i wouldn't be that sad to take the time to read reviews and write about a person i hate?! Also look in the guiness book of reccords and realise that more than half the nation loved them.. so meither themselves or their music could be half bad. Lennon was a great songwriter, BE CONTENT WITH THE MUSIC.... thanks

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    Sat Nov 20 2004

    One point for the optimistic, Imagine, but that is all.

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    Sun Nov 14 2004

    This man was not only a great musician and songwriter,but also had the courage to stand up for what he believed in.Wish he was around today,because there aren't enough enlightened folks in the public eye these days.

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    Thu Jul 29 2004

    Listened to Imagine..... and could not imagine John or Yoko with no possesions

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    Thu Jun 03 2004

    he was a king .. and he'll remain a king ruling our hearts and souls ,,,

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    Mon May 10 2004

    I read a lot of him lately...but not in newspapers or magazines or whatever. If you really want to be sure about what you read about him, you've got to buy a book, such as...Beatles Anthology...or...just a book about John Winston Lennon himself. Why I give him these five stars? Well, because of these important parts I got from my books. John Lennon is from Liverpool (a working class hero). When he was in primary school, he amused his class mates with his funny stories and little drawings. Before he left home for years, his father attempted taking little John with him, but that didn't work. A few years later his mother died nearby her house, John later said he could have save her, but the tragical car accident just happened too fast. At the age of 15-16-17, he met Paul McCartney, as the started a band with George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best. When Pete left the band and Stuart stayd in Germany for a while (he later died because of a fracture), Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) ... Read more

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    Thu May 06 2004

    John Lennon people? Do we even need this stupid poll thing to tell us how incredibly amazing this man was? John Lennon was one of the most beautiful people to walk the face of the Earth. His music will remain timeless as will he, himself. There will never be another John Lennon, very sad isn't it..... there will never be abother Beatles who blew the socks of the entire world. John's words live on each and every day throughout the world. We should all feel so lucky for having the opportunity to be entertained, and to fall in love with one of the greatest men of all time. Thankyou. All you need is love....... he meant it too....

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    Fri Apr 30 2004

    Lennon's a 4 really, he wrote Imagine and Jealous Guy, I just gave him three to lower his average rating a bit because... well, because I preferred Skynyrd, OK?

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    Thu Apr 22 2004

    John Lennon was a such a beautiful man. He created so many beautiful songs, and every single one of those songs had some sort of story to tell about him, or where he was in his life. He literally opened himself up, at the sake of being scorned and misunderstood. And SO many people, even today and particularly in this board, just do not understand the message he was trying to give. So what if he was a hippy? Those were the times. He was also a genius who had this beautiful dream that he never let go of. And then he finally had to pay the most fatal price for being such an outspoken and unconventional person. He was absolutely breathtaking, arresting, fascinating, and forever and ever will remain my favorite songwriter/singer/musician. To me, he gave the Beatles their spark and made them the legends they became. He carefully mixed perfect phrasing, perfect statements, with a degree of irrationality and irreverance that made him iconic. I love that he found Yoko and was able to go int... Read more