By: Mike Bober
Today marks what would have been John Lennon’s 72nd birthday.
After rising to fame with the Beatles in the 1960s, Lennon eventually would become one of the most iconic musicians, activists, and overall figures in history.
A true musical genius, Lennon wrote some of the Beatles most well-known songs including “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “All You Need is Love,” “Revolution,” “ Come Together” and his solo ballad “Imagine” remains one of the most powerful and memorable songs ever.
To give you an idea of how great of an artist he was, take a look at the Rolling Stone lists he’s made an appearance on:
- 100 Greatest Artists of All Time - The Beatles sit at #1 while he sits as a solo artist at #38
- He came in at #5 on their 100 Greatest Singers of all time list.
- Beatles albums are all over the 500 Greatest Albums list, while his solo works Plastic Ono Band and Imagine sit at #23 and #80
Although Lennon’s life was tragically cut short on December 8th of 1980, the impact that he had on music, andon the world as a whole, will be remembered for decades.
His extremely confessional solo work, his participation in politics and drive to stand up for what he believed in have and will remain to be a major influence on future generations of singers, songwriters and social reformers.
Happy Birthday John Lennon, and thank you.
For more information on the career and life of John Lennon, head to Rolling Stone and make sure to leave us with your thoughts and wishes for John in the comments section.