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Every John Lennon Album Ranked Worst to Best

Elliot Roberts | April 3, 2024
Every John Lennon Album Ranked Worst to Best

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  1. @johnangler

    April 3, 2024 at 11:44 am

    Hi, I'm polish so english is not my native language, but I have to confirm that the title ,,Woman is the nig*er of the world" is absolutely dumb.
    Sometimes I wish I didn't know english, than this beautiful British music would touch me more.

  2. @kraai98

    April 3, 2024 at 11:44 am

    The context behind “Woman is the N of the World” made me appreciate it a lot more. I thought the title devalued the powerful lyrics but knowing the phrase originates from a Black woman makes more sense.

  3. @scottstambaugh8473

    April 3, 2024 at 11:44 am

    I've never really been too excited about Lennon's solo stuff, and this kinda confirmed it for me. There are songs I like, but there's not an album I enjoy listening to all the way through. And for all his, "I'm a rock guy, and Paul's a poofy pop guy…" posing, there's precious little "rock" in his repertoire, and his Oh, Yoko stuff strikes me as way more cloying than anything Macca ever did. I also find much of it way too confessional: That's not a bad thing in and of itself, but the navel gazing gets tedious and I'm not super keen on listening in on someone else's therapy session. Finally, it seems pretty obvious to me that he needed Paul to help make his material sonically interesting way more than Paul needed him. There isn't a single song as sonically satisfying as Paul's "Jet" or "Live and Let Die" in his entire repertoire. When I discovered the Beatles, I dug in deep. Bought every album and listened to them all intently, as though they were some sort of holy articles. Once I'd exhausted their material I dug into the solo stuff, and remember wondering "What the hell happened?" when it came to John's stuff. Just found most of it boring and self-indulgent. And when he did finally make an album with songs I really liked, he swapped songs with Yoko… which was just horrid to my ears. Anyhow, sure I'll get slammed by John fans, which is fine. You be you, like what you like, and enjoy what you enjoy. But for me, I'll be listening to Paul. He's made better albums in the last ten years than any of the others did, ever, with the possible exception of All Things Must Pass. If it makes you feel any better, I'm not much of a George solo fan either :0)

  4. @thermionic1234567

    April 3, 2024 at 11:44 am

    I had a very-similar ranking before I watched your video.

    The one thing that changed is that “STiNYC” moved up in equal parts because of your exposition on it; and also that I’ve never owned it and heard very little of it and realized there are quite a few good cuts.

    As for the top two, I’d give “POB” a ten as I never really felt loved growing up. My father was moderately-to-severely mentally ill, selfish and solipsistic while my mother was cold and distant while never avoiding her responsibilities.

    Both albums have a wonderful range of ideas; equally-wonderful, diverse sonic signatures and cover great emotional and philosophical ranges.

    One is clearly more in your face…

  5. @thermionic1234567

    April 3, 2024 at 11:44 am

    I’ll disagree on “WitNotW.” He used an ugly word to talk about ugliness.

    I think art has two purposes.

    The first is to celebrate God’s creation. The second is to provide new perspectives and/or speak truth to power.

  6. @beatrixwickson8477

    April 3, 2024 at 11:44 am

    My only problem with an album ranking is that tracks like Happy Xmas (War is Over), Instant Karma and Cold Turkey are left out and that seems wrong. I kinda put Give Peace a Chance in there too as I feel it occupies a weird space of Beatles and Plastic Ono Band.

  7. @hipstereagle6050

    April 3, 2024 at 11:44 am

    I just listened to Sometime in NYC and I think it would’ve fared a lot better without the live portion. I do know the Allman brothers did something similar with Eat a Peach but that fared much better bc their live portion was from the iconic live at the filmore album the year prior

  8. @tjcint

    April 3, 2024 at 11:44 am

    Dear Elliot, an absolutely beautiful, deeply touching, deeply moving, deeply reverent appraisal of, in my opinion, the greatest artist on this earth in the last one hundred years.

  9. @tjcint

    April 3, 2024 at 11:44 am

    A person with a heart of light cannot make the sound that can be heard at 7:10. It is impossible. Only a witch can. The sound at 7:10 is the content of Yoko Ono's heart. Her heart is satanic, hence the hideous, ghastly sound.

  10. @TrustBrokerYT

    April 3, 2024 at 11:44 am

    Amazing video bud, and you did an brilliant job of discussing the elephant in the room, i agree with your ever word. Really great job, though i would give Walls an 8/10 personally. Great stuff

  11. @themain_main5745

    April 3, 2024 at 11:44 am

    if i had to rank them (excluding the unfinished musics cuz i havent and dont want to listen to the them)

    1. Walls and Bridges
    2. Mind Games
    3. Plastic Ono Band
    4. Rock N' Roll
    5. Double Fantasy
    6. Milk and Honey
    7. Imagine
    8. Sometime In NYC

    I understand it seems blasphemous to put Imagine at 7, but I think if majority of the songs are just kinda meh, would rather listen to the ones i put above it

  12. @iconicshrubbery

    April 3, 2024 at 11:44 am

    ❤Your love for John shines thru.on this wonderful retrospective (contrasting with the hate of a certain crazed scumbag) .Your videos are a worthy continuation of McDonald's Beatles Bible, "Revolution in the Head.
    Hey, all Lennon-Lovers! do not forget the R&R session tracks off' Menlove Avenue" ,the really Spector-epic trio of :-Here we Go Again, To Know Him(her) is to Love Him(her) , Angel Baby (you did mention it) and other 'unplugged' Walls and Bridges tracks including Bless You. ❤ posted with real love

  13. @lisamarieligreci-newton7804

    April 3, 2024 at 11:44 am

    This was fantastic – it took me a few days to get through, but it was so interesting. I grew up loving the Beatles, but was born after John Lennon's death (in fact, my birthday is almost the anniversary of his death, and a friend and I used to wear black on December 8 to honor it) and eventually moved on to some of the solo stuff. As a kind of gothy/bookish/moody high schooler, John Lennon was my favorite for a long time. I viewed him as the 'intellectual' one, I appreciated some of his more acerbic/biting lyrics, but also some of the more reflective/introspective ones, and some of my favorite Beatles songs are his (Julia and Dear Prudence). I went through a bit of time where I listened to a lot of songs off of Imagine/Plastic Ono Band (How was one of my favorites) along with the more romantic ones on Double Fantasy. Over time I soured a little on him, and now I would probably say George is my favorite Beatle (along with some more appreciation for Paul who I maybe unfairly dismissed a bit in my youth).

    While I haven't gone through his entire discography, I have gone back to some of it and what often strikes me is the juxtaposition of both the raw and visceral anger and hurt, and the tenderness and vulnerability he showed – sometimes in the same song. There's a line in Woman where he sings "Woman, I know you understand the little child inside the man" and while in general I'm not a fan of men who expect women to generally 'mother' them, I feel like the sentiment here is really one of acknowledging the wounds/pain he felt as a child and the vulnerability he still has. I also am not going to make excuses for his behavior but in a way I can at least appreciate that he didn't either – he was a flawed person who was at least trying to do the work, and recognized his own darkness and juxtaposition of his own tendency to anger/violence and general desire for peace/love (honestly there's a Star Wars story in here somewhere, haha. Would John Lennon be Anakin Skywalker's favorite Beatle? Discuss!) and I do appreciate that he at least tried to give a voice to the various struggles he recognized that women and others faced (even if he did not do so perfectly at all times), even if he knew it was sometimes at his own hand. I totally understand if some people still can't get past that, but one does wonder what he might have continued to make of himself.

    I appreciate that you gave Yoko Ono a fair shake here. I don't love her style but it's clear she's an avant garde artist. She isn't trying to be attractive or pleasant. And for all the 'she broke up the Beatles!' stuff…Lennon was a grown ass man and knew what he wanted. He had moved on. It's sad, but like he said…we'll just have to carry on. I do think they would have reunited in the end (at least temporarily/occasionally) but sadly we were denied that chance. It is funny that John did continually reference Paul and even refer to him as an ex-fiance – like you say, they were connected.

    On an unrelated note, I find it somewhat amusing that Janov is responsible for both some of John Lennon's greatest work, as well as two banger Tears for Fears albums. I have no idea if his work is still in 'vogue' therapy wise, but we at least got some awesome music from it!

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