#4 – John Lennon – “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” – (1971)

The second Beatles entry on this list. And yeah, I know the album cover says “John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band” but the words “Yoko” or “Ono” don’t register on my list of recognizable words. But I will give credit to the Harlem Community Choir for their very well done backing vocals. John Lennon’s big songs had a tendency to either insult or demand answers to questions (depending on the way you view it), and this is no different, quickly asking “What have you done?” It reminds me a lot of “Instant Karma!” but, well, more Christmas-y. And of course he has to talk about war or something controversial (like his use of “Xmas”).