Music: Revisiting the Bops of Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono is one of the most exciting alternative musicians working and continues to be so well into her mid-80s. Outside her work associated with John Lennon, Ono has an expansive discography that although largelly centred on the avant garde has dipped into rock, dance, pop, and experimental music. With fourteen studio albums to her name, countless singles and numerous dance hits, Yoko’s discography is one of the most vibrant and interesting music bodies. We’ve taken the pleasure of dipping into Yoko’s releases to shine a light on our favourite of her tracks – we may have missed some of your favourites, so feel free to leave a comment berating us below.

Why (1970)
Album: Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band

Bursting with a primal aggression, Why is not an easy listen or a massively enjoyable one. Blending rock and roll production with hetai the Japanese vocal technique – creates a startling blend – yet Yoko has become so known for this technique that it would be a disservice not to include one such track like this in our feature.

Mrs Lennon (1971)
Album: Fly

Much more palatable than previous entry, this first single from Yoko’s second solo album Fly. This haunting ballad

Midsummer New York (1971)
Album: Fly

Listen, The Snow Is Falling (1971)
Album: Fly

Approximately Infinite Universe (1972)
Album: Approximately Infinite Universe

Death of Samantha (1972)
Album: Approximately Infinite Universe

I Felt Like Smashing My Face Through A Clear Glass Window (1972)
Album: Approximately Infinite Universe

Growing Pain (1973)
Album: Feel the Space

Coffin Car (1973)
Album: Feel the Space

Run, Run, Run (1973)
Album: Feel the Space

Men, Men, Men (1973)
Album: Feel the Space

Tomorrow May Never Come (1974)
Album: A Story

Yes, I’m Your Angel (1980)
Album: Double Fantasy

Kiss Kiss Kiss (1980)
Album: Double Fantasy

I’m Moving On (1980)
Album: Double Fantasy

Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him (1980)
Album: Double Fantasy

Goodbye Sadness (1981)
Album: Season of Glass

Walking On Thin Ice (1981)
Album: Season of Glass

No, No, No (1981)
Album: Season of Glass

Will You Touch Me (1981)
Album: Season of Glass

My Man (1982)
Album: It’s Alright (I See Rainbows)

Never Say Goodbye (1982)
Album: It’s Alright (I See Rainbows)

Wake Up (1982)
Album: It’s Alright (I See Rainbows)

Your Hands (1984)
Album: Milk and Honey

You’re The One (1984)
Album: Milk and Honey

Sleepless Night (1984)
Album: Milk and Honey

Starpeace (1985)
Album: Starpeace

Hell In Paradise (1985)
Album: Starpeace

I Love You, Earth (1985)
Album: Starpeace

Wouldnit (1996)
Album: Rising

I’m Not Getting Enough (2001)
Album: Blueprint for a Sunrise

Give Peace a Chance (2008 Remix)
Album: Mindbrain/Twisted Remixes

Yes, I’m A Witch (w/ The Brother Brothers) (2007)
Album: Yes I’m a Witch

I’m Not Getting Enough (Dave Aude Club Remix) (2009)
Single

Give Me Something (Morel Mix) (2010)
Album: Open Your Box

Wouldnit (I’m s Star) (Dave Aude Radio Edit) (2010)
Single

Walking on Thin Ice Pet Shop Boys (Remix) (2003)

Everyman Everywoman – w/ Blow-Up
Album: Yes, I’m a Witch

ONO – Move On Fast (Dave Aude Radio Edit)

ONO – Hold Me (Dave Aude Radio Edit)

ONO – Angel (Dave Aude Radio Edit)

Ask the Elephant (2009)
Album: Between My Head and the Sky

I’m Going Away Smiling (2009)
Album: Between My Head and the Sky

Basement Jaxx – Day of the Sunflowers ft. Yoko Ono (2009)
Album: Scars

Bad Dancer (2013)
Album: Take Me to the Land of Hell

Little Boy Blue (2013)
Album: Take Me to the Land of Hell

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