John Lennon's Top 10 Albums & Singles

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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
RankTitleDebut Date
1(Just Like) Starting Over11/1/1980
3Instant Karma (We All Shine On)*2/28/1970
4Whatever Gets You Thru The Night**9/28/1974
6Nobody Told Me1/21/1984
7#9 Dream12/21/1974
8Watching The Wheels3/28/1981
9Mind Games11/10/1973
10Power To The People**4/3/1971

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

John Lennon's Top 10 Albums
RankTitleDebut DateBB200 Peak
1Double Fantasy*12/6/19801 (8 weeks)
3Walls And Bridges10/12/19741
4John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band**12/26/19706
5Rock 'N' Roll3/8/19756
6Mind Games11/24/19739
7The Plastic Ono Band -
Live Peace In Toronto 1969**
8Milk And Honey*2/11/198411
9Shaved Fish11/8/197412

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


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