12. Instant Karma – John Lennon
- #3 for 3 Weeks in 1970 (March - April)
- Best higher charting song: ABC - The Jackson 5
- Worst higher charting song: Let it Be - The Beatles
- Top 100 #3 Hits 1955-2002 Rank: #63
Phil Spector-y in all the good ways, Instant Karma really is a slap in the face. It was Lennon's first post-Beatles top ten, and with the exception of Imagine, probably represents his most Titanic single on his own. The song is both infectuous and creepy, which is one of the hardest combos to pull of well. But the production is the thing that just shines here. Wall of sound, sure, but also drums with just the right edge in the mix. Powerful but not pointing to themselves. The vocals are scaled back and up, through multitracking, to create the voice of God, but the voice of God that comes from your fellow man. It amazes that Lennon was the last Beatle to reach the top spot after the break-up.
Coming up: #11 - "'I'll be over at ten', you told me time and again"