Imagine: John Lennon
Soundtrack album by
Released10 October 1988
Recorded11 February 1963 – October 1980
LabelParlophone/EMI (UK)
Apple Records
Capitol (US/Venezuela)
ProducerGeorge Martin,
John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Phil Spector,
Jack Douglas
John Lennon chronology
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Imagine: John Lennon
Singles from Imagine: John Lennon
  1. "Jealous Guy"
    Released: 3 October 1988
  2. "Real Love"
    Released: 10 October 1988
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Imagine: John Lennon is a soundtrack album of popular music compiled for the 1988 documentary film Imagine: John Lennon from songs written or co-written by John Lennon. Originally released that year as a double album, it now remains available on one CD.

Bridging his two musical phases together, as a member of the Beatles and a solo artist (similar to George Harrison's earlier The Best of George Harrison), Imagine: John Lennon is a career-spanning collection of Lennon's many musical highlights. In addition there are a couple of heretofore unreleased recordings: an acoustic demo of "Real Love" taped in 1979 (an alternative recording of which would be finished by the Beatles for 1996's Anthology 2) and a rehearsal take of "Imagine" in mid-1971 before the final take was captured. It also features for the first time a clean-intro version of "A Day in the Life", that would appear later on the CD release of the Beatles' 1967–1970 compilation.

Imagine: John Lennon, with its wealth of stock Lennon footage and self-narration, proved to be a well-received film and its soundtrack sold well in the United States, reaching No. 31 and going gold. In the United Kingdom, the album peaked at No. 64.

The project arrived at a timely juncture and was successful in thwarting the then-released The Lives of John Lennon by Albert Goldman, a controversial and reputation-tarnishing book which many dismissed as fiction, including Ono and Lennon's close friends, as well as the surviving Beatles.

Track listing

All songs by John Lennon, except where noted.

Tracks 2–10 produced by George Martin.
Track 11 produced by Lennon and Yoko Ono.
Tracks 12–14, 17 & 21 produced by Lennon, Ono and Phil Spector.
Track 15 produced by Ono.
Track 16 produced by Lennon.
Tracks 18–20 produced by Lennon, Ono and Jack Douglas.

  1. "Real Love" – 2:48
    • October 1979 demo recording (the sixth take); a different demo of this song would eventually be used as the foundation of the Beatles' version in 1995
  2. "Twist and Shout" (Medley/Russell) – 2:33
  3. "Help!" (Lennon/Paul McCartney) – 2:18
    • Originally appeared on the Beatles' 1965 album Help!
  4. "In My Life" (Lennon–McCartney) – 2:25
    • Originally appeared on the Beatles' 1965 album Rubber Soul
  5. "Strawberry Fields Forever" (Lennon–McCartney) – 4:07
    • Originally appeared as a single in 1967 by the Beatles and later released on their 1967 album Magical Mystery Tour
  6. "A Day in the Life" (Lennon–McCartney) – 5:06
  7. "Revolution" (Lennon–McCartney) – 3:24
    • Originally appeared as the single B-Side of "Hey Jude" in 1968 by the Beatles
  8. "The Ballad of John and Yoko" (Lennon–McCartney) – 2:58
    • Originally appeared as a single in 1969 by the Beatles
  9. "Julia" (Lennon–McCartney) – 2:54
    • Originally appeared on the Beatles' 1968 album The Beatles
  10. "Don't Let Me Down" (Lennon–McCartney) – 3:34
    • Originally appeared as the single B-Side of "Get Back" in 1969 by the Beatles
  11. "Give Peace a Chance" – 4:53
    • Originally released as a single in 1969. It was also originally credited to Lennon–McCartney, but the credit was revised in the 1990s to cite only John Lennon as its composer
  12. "How?" – 3:41
    • Originally appeared on the 1971 album Imagine
  13. "Imagine (Rehearsal)" – 1:25
    • A 1 minute demonstration of the song to the session musicians
  14. "God" – 4:09
  15. "Mother" – 4:45
  16. "Stand by Me" (Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) – 3:28
  17. "Jealous Guy" – 4:14
    • Originally appeared on the 1971 album Imagine
  18. "Woman" – 3:33
  19. "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" – 4:05
  20. "(Just Like) Starting Over" – 3:59
  21. "Imagine" – 3:02
    • Originally appeared on the 1971 album Imagine

Other songs in the film

Medley: "Rip It Up"/"Ready Teddy"

"Some Other Guy"

"Love Me Do"

"From Me to You"

"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"

"Oh Yoko!"
"How Do You Sleep?"

"Everybody Had a Hard Year"

"I've Got a Feeling"
"Across the Universe"

"Come Together"

"Hold On"

"All You Need Is Love"


Certifications for Imagine: John Lennon
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[4] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[5] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[6] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[7] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ Imagine: John Lennon at AllMusic
  2. ^ Gary Graff & Daniel Durchholz (eds), MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, Visible Ink Press (Farmington Hills, MI, 1999; ISBN 1-57859-061-2), p. 667.
  3. ^ Cooper, Mark (December 1988). "Re-releases: John Lennon Imagine: Music From The Motion Picture". Q. p. 156.
  4. ^ "Canadian album certifications – John Lennon – Imagine: John Lennon". Music Canada. Retrieved 27 December 2022.
  5. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards ('Imagine - The Movie')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 December 2022.
  6. ^ "British album certifications – John Lennon/Beatles – Imagine - Music From The Motion Picture". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 27 December 2022.
  7. ^ "American album certifications – John Lennon – Imagine (Soundtrack)". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 27 December 2022.