(Just Like) Starting Over

"(Just Like) Starting Over"
Single by John Lennon
from the album Double Fantasy
B-side"Kiss Kiss Kiss" (Yoko Ono)
Released24 October 1980
Format7-inch 45 rpm
Recorded9 August 1980
StudioThe Hit Factory, New York City
Songwriter(s)John Lennon
Producer(s)John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Jack Douglas
John Lennon singles chronology
"Stand by Me"
"(Just Like) Starting Over"
Double Fantasy track listing

"(Just Like) Starting Over" is a song written and performed by John Lennon from the 1980 album, Double Fantasy. It was released as a single on 24 October 1980 in the United Kingdom and three days later in the United States,[1] with Yoko Ono's "Kiss Kiss Kiss" as the B-side. It reached number one in both the US and UK after Lennon was murdered on 8 December 1980. In 2013, Billboard Magazine ranked it as the 62nd biggest song of all time on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.[2]

It was Lennon's last single released in his lifetime.


(Just Like) Starting Over was the first single released from Double Fantasy and the first new recording Lennon had released since he left the music industry in 1975.[1] It was chosen by Lennon not because he felt it was the best track on the album, but because it was the most appropriate following his five-year absence from the recording industry. He referred to it during production as the "Elvis/Orbison" track, as he "tongue in cheek" impersonated their vocal styles; at the start of the 2010 "Stripped Down" version of the song, Lennon says "this one's for Gene, and Eddie, and Elvis... and Buddy."