220px-ImagineCover#16 – John Lennon – “Imagine” – (1971)

No, this is not our #1 song for 1971. It’s good, but like with everything John Lennon touched (and Yoko was there instead of another Beatle to bring it back to reality) it kind of reeks of pretension. It’s an amazing, beautiful song. It peaked at #3 in the U.S. and is the definitive John Lennon song – and that includes everything he did with the Beatles.