Today (Oct. 9) marks what would have been John Lennon’s 75th birthday. 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, from 1970’s “Instant Karma” and 1971’s anthemic ballad “Imagine” all the way to 1980’s hopeful “(Just Like) Starting Over” and “Nobody Told Told Me” (a posthumous hit in 1984). Take a listen to John Lennon’s 10 biggest Billboard hits and pay homage to the working class hero who created one of the most profound legacies in music history.
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.