From the tribute LP, “Working Class Hero,” I really like this cover and the thing I really like is the subtle interplay between John Popper’s harmonica and Ben Wilson’s organ during the verses - not to mention Popper's solo - which is fantastic. Popper is probably the most proficient harp player in the business today – not only is he talented, he has a distinct sound that can be recognized anywhere. In addition, the primary instrument in this rendition moved from piano to guitar on their cover - and thus, provides enough differences between the original and cover that gives a level of distinction to the Blues Traveler version.
Rolling Stone listed “Imagine” at #3 of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and it represents the three songs by Lennon slated as shaping rock and roll by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2005, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation named Lennon’s “Imagine” the Greatest Song of Past 100 Years. Likewise, the Recording Industry Association of America rated “Imagine” at #30 on the list of the top 365 songs of the 20th century. The single charted at #3, and the album of the same name topped the charts during 1971.