"Imagine" is a song written and performed by English musician John Lennon. It is the opening track on his album Imagine, released in 1971. Rolling Stone ranked "Imagine" at #3 in the 500 greatest songs of all time.
"Imagine" was issued as a single a month after the album in the United States, catalogue Apple 1840, and peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. It reached number one in Canada on the RPM national singles chart, remaining there for two weeks, and was Lennon's only solo Australian number one single, spending five weeks there. When asked about the song in one of his last interviews, Lennon declared "Imagine" to be as good as anything he had written with the Beatles. The song is one of three Lennon solo songs, along with "Instant Karma!" and "Give Peace a Chance", in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Rolling Stone ranked "Imagine" the third greatest song of all time in their editorial The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The song's central theme was inspired by Cloud Piece, a three-line instructional poem that appeared in Yoko Ono's 1964 book Grapefruit. The words were reproduced on the back cover of the Imagine album. Similarly, in 1963...