John Lennon

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 1994

Inducted by: Paul McCartney

Nominated in: 1994

First Eligible: 1994 Ceremony


Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1994 (ranked #43) .


Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970)
Imagine (1971)
Double Fantasy (1980)

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Give Peace A Chance (1969)
Cold Turkey (1969)
Instant Karma! (1970)
Mother (1970)
Working Class Hero (1970)
Imagine (1971)
Jealous Guy (1971)
Watching The Wheels (1980)
Woman (1980)
(Just Like) Starting Over (1980)

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Wow, I was just at the Paul Mcartney one and only a comment by Metalsmith was there. There is non here which is hard to believe because John Lennon is better then Paul Mcartney and is probably changed the entire rock universe. Bon Scott and John Boham also did that.

Posted by Mike on Friday, 10.10.08 @ 16:51pm


WE ALL SHINE ON

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I wonder why so many talk about Madonna who s already in RHOF but little chat about Lennon,,?
It is my opinion Lennon is more important to music..??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 03.6.09 @ 16:56pm


Maybe Lennon was more impt. to music, but his solo career does little to really justify that. He did have some hits (I won't name the obvious ones), but overall, just what did he do to separate himself from the pack of singer-songwriters who ran rampant in the first half of the 70's? I would never claim that James Taylor was a better talent than Lennon (no offense to J.T fans) but in all honesty I associate him w/the early 70's far more than Lennon. Heck, I'd even associate an act like America before Lennon, yet I'd never think to place them above the Beatles in any way.

A lot of folks don't want to admit it, but outside of McCartnet & Wings, the solo Beatles had precious little to give when they did go solo. Between 70 & 73 they all had some success, but afterwards Harrison, Starr, and even Lennon really became prized by their loyal fans, but did little in terms of the general rock landscape.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 03.7.09 @ 05:20am


Maybe Lennon was more impt. to music, but his solo career does little to really justify that. He did have some hits (I won't name the obvious ones), but overall, just what did he do to separate himself from the pack of singer-songwriters who ran rampant in the first half of the 70's? I would never claim that James Taylor was a better talent than Lennon (no offense to J.T fans) but in all honesty I associate him w/the early 70's far more than Lennon. Heck, I'd even associate an act like America before Lennon, yet I'd never think to place them above the Beatles in any way.

A lot of folks don't want to admit it, but outside of McCartnet & Wings, the solo Beatles had precious little to give when they did go solo. Between 70 & 73 they all had some success, but afterwards Harrison, Starr, and even Lennon really became prized by their loyal fans, but did little in terms of the general rock landscape.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 03.7.09 @ 05:20am


LOL that is the funniest thing I have ever heard..

Lennon wrote great music After the Beatles so did Harrison and RINGO Bands are still on fire but Paul...???
Any whos still can not understand why so many here talk about Maddona or even U2.. they are one 1/2 things under the Archies.. and 7 under B Speers.. Heck SRV is better than Madonna or U2 and he{SRV} aint even in..
Having have the Above Lennon is light years in front of all of the ABOVE,, except Harrison and Ringo.!

Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 03.8.09 @ 15:28pm


LOL that is the funniest thing I have ever heard..

Lennon wrote great music After the Beatles so did Harrison and RINGO Bands are still on fire but Paul...???
Any whos still can not understand why so many here talk about Maddona or even U2.. they are one 1/2 things under the Archies.. and 7 under B Speers.. Heck SRV is better than Madonna or U2 and he{SRV} aint even in..
Having have the Above Lennon is light years in front of all of the ABOVE,, except Harrison and Ringo.!


Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 03.8.09 @ 15:28pm
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O.K., first off, you're going to have to translate this out of whatever foreign language you wrote it in, because I can't understand this???!!

I think you're against what I'm saying here (think being the operative word here). I still stand on what I said. Was the lumpen mass of rock & roll America listening to the solo work of Harrison or Starr circa 1978? I know Lennon had ducked out of the scene at that point, but the others were still out there.

I'm calling you on it, mrxyz - what was more influential in the late 70's, early 80's - Harrison's "Gone Troppo" album or Van Halen's "Women & Children First", for example? How about mid-70's? Lennon's "Mind Games" or Bad Company's debut? I'm talking the general rock public, not the sub section elitists here.

Anyone who wants to weigh in, please feel free to. I stand behind what I originally wrote... right now. I'd like to hear from anyone there at the time.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 03.8.09 @ 17:35pm


.K., first off, you're going to have to translate this out of whatever foreign language you wrote it in, because I can't understand this???!!

I think you're against what I'm saying here (think being the operative word here). I still stand on what I said. Was the lumpen mass of rock & roll America listening to the solo work of Harrison or Starr circa 1978? I know Lennon had ducked out of the scene at that point, but the others were still out there.

I'm calling you on it, mrxyz - what was more influential in the late 70's, early 80's - Harrison's "Gone Troppo" album or Van Halen's "Women & Children First", for example? How about mid-70's? Lennon's "Mind Games" or Bad Company's debut? I'm talking the general rock public, not the sub section elitists here.

Anyone who wants to weigh in, please feel free to. I stand behind what I originally wrote... right now. I'd like to hear from anyone there at the time.
Sunday, 03.8.09 @ 17:35pm


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First of all Eddie is a great guy...Love his work and his ego is /was far less than Lennon though I never met John..
a differant direction..

apples and oranges...

I would say his {Lennon} Rock thing with spector and Jim ,Hal other than Stand By Me" was very mudy over done with horns...
Other than that most of HIS tunes he wrote are light years.. I would say his grung sound{JOHN LENNON PLASTIC ONO BAND} live and his Spetor with Ringo ,Klaus, Preston was early Nirvana..
The sound of the album is straightforward and hard-hitting. "I found Out" "Working Class Hero" "Well, Well, Well" ,Isolation", "God" ..is to cool and "Mother".. Heck love it all.. Plenty of real pain..plenty of air and primal scream therapy .LOL
Then Imagine LP and his Double Fantasy {Final Master Peace.}."Watching the Wheels", "I'm Losing You" "Starting Over", (Just Like }It was all good and still is.. Madonna ain't even on the same Planet less orbit.. or U2.. To bad Yoko was on some of it..LOL ..Love is BLIND..?

Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 03.8.09 @ 23:22pm


mrxyz -

You're not really answering my question here. I don't think it's just "apples & oranges" as you say. Who & what was the young rock fan listening to in the years I mentioned? I said that the solo Beatles offered little after the break-up, outside of McCartney/Wings to the 70's. I also mean beyond the 70's to a point. I still stand behind it.

It's not a knock on everything they did. The fact is that after about 1973 or so the solo Beatles were no longer reaching the en' masse group of rock fans who were checking out the VH's, the Bad Co.'s, the Foreigner's, et. al. It takes away nothing from what they did as a whole w/the Beatles as a group.

Maybe I am in fact looking at it from too much of a commercial standpoint, but for some reason this time round I distinctly WANT to look at it from a commercial angle. After all, as a group they spent the better portion of their existence in that commercial spotlight. There's some good stuff there, but little to distinguish them from the Cat Stevens's, the Joni Mitchell's, or the Don McLean's of the world at that time - other than the commercial advantages of their old name.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Monday, 03.9.09 @ 05:43am


You're not really answering my question here. I don't think it's just "apples & oranges" as you say. Who & what was the young rock fan listening to in the years I mentioned? I said that the solo Beatles offered little after the break-up, outside of McCartney/Wings to the 70's. I also mean beyond the 70's to a point. I still stand behind it.Posted by Cheesecrop on Monday, 03.9.09 @ 05:43am

Well first of all Wings to me was boring.. Lennon as menton HE {LENNON} was early grung among other directions.. .. From that ,folks like Nirvana became mainstream.. Eddie Van Halen was HOT.. but he just did what had been done before with a new litte twist..{Hendrix Surfaris, Who ,Cream etc..}
Lennon covered it all. From pop to grung...Look at "Cold Trucky" LOL...or WELL, WELL, WELL{SMILE}
I do not look at "COMMERICAL" as what is really 100% HOT in music...I mean look at what sells..!$ how much of it is that HOT or new musically... ?
ALL YA NEEDS EARS {SMILE}



Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 03.9.09 @ 10:17am


Paul McFartney & Chicken Wings suck

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RIP it was a sad day for rock and many of US.HE lives on.

Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 12.8.09 @ 11:37am


I love john, and pual and george and ringo soooooo much

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Dec. 8th; 30 years ago. And it still hurts.

Posted by Dameon on Wednesday, 12.8.10 @ 19:22pm


Was watching Monday Night Football in dorm (can't remember teams playing) when Howard Cosell broke in with the news. Sad night that was.

RIP John.

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i think john lennon is one of the best songwriters ever , my fav songs are imagine , war is over , woman & working class hero . he done most of his best music with paul mccartney , ive got the newspaper in my collection from when he was killed 1980 r.i.p

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How the hell was double fantasy ranked above plastic ono band?

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 11.22.12 @ 15:06pm


The more I think about it, the less sense John Lennon's standing as a hugely important artist makes.

Now I'll clarify here, I DO NOT MEAN HIS WORK IN THE BEATLES. That deserves it's praise. But as a solo artist, why is he praised to the point that we include him in our top 50 most important musicians in popular music?

His cataloge isn't exactly outstanding. Two fairly respected albums, followed by a bunch of fairly mediocre ones ending with a "comeback" that's only half his and sounds fairly dated. Add in a few alright singles (why Give Peace A Chance is more popular than Cold Turkey I'll never understand) and we're left with a fairly "alright" catalog. Certainly not top 50 worthy, though.

Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 01.7.14 @ 18:18pm


Unlike some of the above people, I was yet to be born at the time of Lennon's death. I know for most people, its like 9/11 or JFK shooting; you knew where you were and what you were doing. I was born 9 months after Lennon's death (Sep '81). I don't mean to put a funny bit on here, but I was being conceived the same month it happened ;)

Posted by Jason Voigt on Tuesday, 01.7.14 @ 20:44pm


Might as well put my 2 cents on John and his solo career. I mentioned on another page at this site (I think the pyramid one) that he was one of the first, if not the first, rocker who was very openly political and mixed it with rock and roll. I'm not just talking about rebellion from authority, but government, religion, the like. I think that's what made him stand out with the Beatles, besides his amazing works with Paul.

I do think 'Imagine' is an overrated song, but I do dig most of his other hit singles. I also like some of his lesser-known songs, such as 'Beautiful Boy' and 'Scared'. Double Fantasy was an alright album, but I can't say I think highly of most of Yoko's songs (lol).

It's difficult to imagine what life would be like today if John was still with us. Many believe he would be like Dylan, as in putting out albums and touring while keeping a somewhat low profile. Lenny Kravitz once said he 'would be doing heavier stuff'. I believe Yoko once said he would be cashing in on his Beatles fame non-stop. But 'what would have been' doesn't exist, so who are we kidding. His music and impact will continuously live on for decades and generations.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Tuesday, 01.7.14 @ 20:52pm


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