The song "Imagine" by British musician John Lennon refers to imagining the world in a better state, a place where people are not divided by political differences and by war, religion or possessions. The song was the best-selling single of John Lennon's solo career and was also the title of the album that contained it. Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, released an accompanying 81-minute film in 1972.
The implication in Lennon's "Imagine" lyrics is that humanity has the capacity to live in peace if it abandons extreme positions and live for the day in hand. He asks the listener to imagine no possessions, no countries, no heaven, no hell, no religion, no hunger and no greed. He acknowledges that many consider him a dreamer, but states that he is not the only one who believes in the potential of a world governed by pure motives and a lack of polarizing convictions. The song issues a call for the world to join him and become as one, sharing the world in peace. Detractors argue that such a world restricts capitalism and thwarts the foundation of individual success. As a tribute to the everlasting sentiments expressed in the song, it has been covered by many singers, including Madonna, Elton John, Dianna Ross and Stevie Wonder.