To commemorate John Lennon’s death 30 years ago Yoko Ono has spoken out about her husband’s life and chosen what she considers to be his ten best songs.
Speaking to NME, Ono said that she is sure Lennon would be making music if he were still alive. “He would definitely be experimenting on some new music, using the computer,” she said.
Ono chose her ten favourite Lennon songs for Rolling Stone magazine, focusing on what he wrote after The Beatles split up, a time when she feels he “felt more free”.
Here’s what Ono said about her favourite Lennon songs.
1. Oh My Love, 1971
“It’s not so much about sexual interest or ‘I miss you’ – it’s more to do with true love.”
2. Gimme Some Truth, 1971
“There’s an edge to the music too – that kind of song didn’t exist too much in those days.”
3. Give Peace a Chance, 1969
“Proof that he could be very personal, but also he could cover the big picture and get people to think about that. And it worked.”
4. God, 1970
“A very powerful and daring song. The first time I heard it, when he sang, ‘I don’t believe in Beatles,’ I choked up. And so did many other people, for other reasons [chuckles].”
5. Grow Old With Me, 1984
“He was saying it to me, but also to a whole generation.”
6. Imagine, 1971
“The chord structure and what it means are very direct and simple. And that was very important. He was good at anthems.”
7. Scared, 1974
“I thought this could be in the classical-music field. It’s across the musical border.”
8. Jealous Guy, 1971
“This was hard for him to get out – he’s being very honest about being jealous. I don’t think many songwriters owned up that way.”
9. I Don’t Wanna Be a Soldier, 1971
“A beautiful anti-establishment song, not just about a soldier but also a priest. He was just being himself. George’s slide guitar is incredible. He was fantastic.”
10. Mother, 1970
“A very intense song that came from primal scream. Women have played a big role in the human race. We created it, actually, between our thighs.”
In John Lennon’s hometown, Liverpool, fans and musicians are paying tribute to the famous Beatle today.