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John Lennon

If people in the world understand John Lennon's 'Imagine' the world will be a better place. In "All You Need Is Love", his lyrics espoused a pacifist message, and some of his songs were soon adopted as anthems by the anti-war movement and the larger counterculture. "Imagine" is one of the greatest songs of all time. Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter said, "In many countries around the world - my wife and I have visited about 125 countries — you hear John Lennon's song 'Imagine' used almost equally with national anthems." It was the first social message song by John Lennon (single released on August 30, 1968). John Lennon gained worldwide fame as the founder, co-lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist of the Beatles. His songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney remains the most successful in history. - Newman, Jason (23 August 2011). "It Takes Two: 10 Songwriting Duos That Rocked Music History." Lennon produced many records with Ono, including a trilogy of avant-garde albums, his first solo LP John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, and the international top 10 singles "Give Peace a Chance", "Instant Karma!", "Imagine" and "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)." Mark David Chapman, an American criminal who murdered John Lennon had been a fan of the Beatles, but was incensed by public statements, such as his remark about the Beatles being "more popular than Jesus" and the lyrics of his later songs "God" and "Imagine."

Imagine there's no heaven, It's easy if you try, No hell below us and Above us only sky. Imagine all the people Living for today...

Imagine there's no countries
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

Lennon's solo equivalent album sales had exceeded 72 million units worldwide. In 2002, he was voted eighth in a BBC poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, and Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth-greatest singer of all time. In 1987, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Lennon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, as a member of the Beatles in 1988 and as a solo artist in 1994.