UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 23: Photo of John LENNON; posed at Tittenhurst home during making of 'Imagine' film  (Photo by Tom Hanl
Tom Hanley

The strange reality of idol worship is that invariably, a person's death anniversary is remembered more than their birthday. On December 8, 1980, John Lennon was murdered outside his New York home. But on this day in 1940, John Winston Lennon was born at Liverpool Maternity Hospital to Julia and Alfred Lennon. We can only speculate what a 74-year-old Lennon would say about the world's events, but we can always commemorate the songwriting and musical legacy of the singular musician.

While we wait for the Beatles and Lennon's music to pop up on Spotify, we thought it'd be a good day to examine Lennon's influence via this covers playlist featuring everyone from Sonic Youth to Meat Loaf to Stevie Wonder. Given the breadth of artists heard below, it's hard to overstate Lennon's influence. Happy Birthday.