Win New John Lennon Reissues And More
Win New John Lennon Reissues And More

Seventy-two years after the birth of John Lennon, Billboard takes a look at the icon's top 10 albums and singles on the Billboard charts.

In one of the most bittersweet moments in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, John Lennon's joyful single "(Just Like) Starting Over" from the album "Double Fantasy" debuted on the chart and rose to No. 1 just as fans worldwide reeled from the death of the artist on December 8, 1980. The song spent five weeks atop the Hot 100 and ranks as the most successful of Lennon's songs on that chart.

"Woman," also from "Double Fantasy," ranks just below it on this exclusive Hot 100 recap of Lennon's top 10 solo hits. It spent three weeks at No. 2 on the chart.

"Double Fantasy" is No. 1 on our exclusive Billboard 200 recap. The Geffen Records album spent eight weeks at No. 1 after its chart debut on Dec. 6, 1980, on that chart. "Imagine" and "Walls and Bridges," which both hit No. 1, rank No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

Lennon's top 10 Hot 100 hits list is based on actual performance on the weekly Hot 100 chart. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Lennon's top albums are ranked by peak position on the Billboard 200. If more than one title peaked at the same position, ties were broken by the number of weeks spent at the peak. If ties still remained, they were broken by the number of weeks on the chart, and then in the top 10 and/or the top 40, depending on where the title peaked.

John Lennon's Top 10 Hot 100 Hits
Rank Title Debut Date
1 (Just Like) Starting Over 11/1/1980
2 Woman 1/17/1981
3 Instant Karma (We All Shine On)* 2/28/1970
4 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night** 9/28/1974
5 Imagine 10/23/1971
6 Nobody Told Me 1/21/1984
7 #9 Dream 12/21/1974
8 Watching The Wheels 3/28/1981
9 Mind Games 11/10/1973
10 Power To The People** 4/3/1971

* John Lennon / Yoko Ono
** John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band

John Lennon's Top 10 Albums
Rank Title Debut Date BB200 Peak
1 Double Fantasy* 12/6/1980 1 (8 weeks)
2 Imagine** 9/18/1971 1
3 Walls And Bridges 10/12/1974 1
4 John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band** 12/26/1970 6
5 Rock 'N' Roll 3/8/1975 6
6 Mind Games 11/24/1973 9
7 The Plastic Ono Band -
Live Peace In Toronto 1969**
1/10/1970 10
8 Milk And Honey* 2/11/1984 11
9 Shaved Fish 11/8/1974 12
10 Acoustic 11/20/2004 31

* John Lennon / Yoko Ono
** John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band