In Honor of John Lennon's Birthday, 10 Memorable Post-Beatles Songs

His solo career was almost as prolific as his time with the Fab Four

October 9, 2019

They probably didn’t realize it at the time, but The Beatles were churning out more material in the sixties than can be reasonably expected of a rock band. And despite releasing twelve studio albums in less than a decade as the Fab Four, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were far from done writing and recording. After “Come Together,” “Let it Be,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Yellow Submarine,” there were “Woman,” “Band on the Run,” “My Sweet Lord” and “You’re Sixteen.”

White all four Beatles enjoyed prolific solo careers – McCartney’s and Starr’s are still going – it was Lennon who arguably became the most experimental and thought-provoking of the group. He began his second chapter with free-flowing statements like “Give Peace a Chance,” which came after initial, even more avant-garde albums recorded with Yoko Ono.

Lennon’s solo career began in earnest with 1970’s John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, and not many artists before or since had as much to say on record as the man who wrote think pieces like “Working Class Hero” and “Imagine.” By the time his life was cut tragically short in 1980 at the age of 40, Lennon had released nearly a dozen studio albums of his own while making a statement along the way.

Let’s take a look back at some of Lennon’s most memorable tracks.