John Lennon

John Lennon

As we fondly remember the moment 50 years ago that the Beatles landed in America and performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show," we're also honoring each Beatle -- and today we celebrate John Lennon's 10 biggest Billboard hits. A masterful songwriter, Lennon quickly converted the powerful creative momentum of his Beatles days into a flourishing solo career that produced iconic Hot 100 smashes all along, from 1970's "Instant Karma" and 1971's anthemic ballad "Imagine" all the way through 1980's hopeful "(Just Like) Starting Over" and "Nobody Told Told Me" (a posthumous hit in 1984).

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This tally of John Lennon's 10 Biggest Hot 100 hits 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.

10

"Power To The People" - John Lennon & Plastic Ono Band

Hot 100 Peak: 11, Debut Date: 4/3/1971

9

"Mind Games" - John Lennon

Hot 100 Peak: 18, Debut Date: 11/10/1973

8

"Watching The Wheels" - John Lennon

Hot 100 Peak: 10, Debut Date: 3/28/1981

7

"#9 Dream" - John Lennon

Hot 100 Peak: 9, Debut Date: 12/21/1974

6

"Nobody Told Me" - John Lennon

Hot 100 Peak: 5, Debut Date: 1/21/1984

5

"Imagine" - John Lennon

Hot 100 Peak: 3, Debut Date: 10/23/1971

4

"Whatever Gets You Thru The Night" - John Lennon & the Plastic Ono Band

Hot 100 Peak: 1, Debut Date: 9/28/1974

3

"Instant Karma (We All Shine On)" - John Lennon / Yoko Ono

Hot 100 Peak: 3, Debut Date: 2/28/1970

2

"Woman" - John Lennon

Hot 100 Peak: 2, Debut Date: 1/17/1981

1

"(Just Like) Starting Over" - John Lennon

Hot 100 Peak: No. 1, Debut Date: 11/1/1980

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