10. Mind Games - John Lennon
As the rock world reached the mid '70s, the lives of the Beatles became more and more complicated. Out of all the band members, John Lennon may have taken it the hardest, with his peaceful protests and political tirades causing much more controversy than he could have imagined. In the midst of it all came Mind Games, which brought all of the madness of the rock and roll lifestyle back to Earth.
From the title track onwards, the album is coated in a pillowy softness that gives you the feeling of soaring above the clouds. Instead of the musical prophet of the early years, Lennon comes off as a man content with his past days of being in the public eye. While the actual music may fall on the bland side for some fans, the actual rock songs like "Tight A$" and "Meat City" show that the young rocker behind songs like "Day Tripper" was still accounted for.
In spite of the bad blood of the time, the album features "I Know," which serves as a nice way of putting Lennon's past squabbles with Paul McCartney to rest. This probably isn't the most high-energy album from Lennon, but when you remove all the fluff, he was still a damn good songwriter.