From penning pop hits for The Beatles to deploying political anthems as a solo artist, John Lennon was never less than a searingly honest songwriter. Brutally murdered by Mark David Chapman on 8 December 1980, he left behind a legacy that few can match. The best John Lennon covers have seen artists ranging from rock chameleon David Bowie to soul legend Otis Redding reimagine his work in their own inimitable styles, proving that Lennon’s songs have what it takes to endure through the ages.
Here, then, are our 20 best John Lennon covers.
20: Jackson Browne: Oh My love (2007)
Doyen of the 70s Laurel Canyon scene, Jackson Browne plays it straight with this gentle, largely acoustic take on Lennon’s tribute to Yoko Ono. Originally penned during sessions for The Beatles’ “White Album”, the song eventually appeared on Lennon’s Imagine – a touching respite from the more acerbic songs that surrounded it.