18 Best Songs of Hope for Humanity and a Better World
Hope for Humanity and a Better World Songs
"Keep Changing the World" Mikeschair
"With My Own Two Hands" Ben Harper
"Galactic Love" New Nobility
"One Day" Matisyahu
"East to the West" Michael Franti & Spearhead
"One Love" Bob Marley
"Seasons of Love" Rent
"The World is Ours" Aloe Blacc & David Correy
"Waving Flag" K'naan
"Change the World" Colby & Awu
"We Are the World" Michael Jackson
"Imagine" John Lennon
"One Tribe" Black Eyed Peas
"Hey World (Don't Give Up)" Michael Franti
"Once a Day" Michael Franti
"We're all in This Together" Ben Lee
What brought you here?
Looking around at the world, it's easy to become overwhelmed with all that is happening and it's easy to turn a blind eye. However, we each have a responsibility to this planet and we each have the ability to make the world a better place.
Music can empower, strengthen, and inspire us. It can help us deal with difficult and distressing emotions and allow us to feel and connect at great depth. We can use it to celebrate some of our greatest moments or to motivate us to make stuff happen and get things done. Not only can we use music to get things done in our own lives, but we can also use it to get things done on a greater scale.
Music is often used solely for entertainment purposes but some artists have chosen to use their musical platforms to highlight the issues in the world, the need for action and change, and the possibility and importance of making the world a better place.
Here are songs that are not only good in quality, but also good and strong in their messages. Songs of hope for humanity, songs for a better world, and inspiration to make the world a better place.
#1. "Keep Changing the World"--Mikeschair
This song is a shout-out and a song of empowerment and encouragement to all those who are are working to make the world a better place by fighting for the broken and the lonely, keeping love present, and who are changing the world. Could this song be a shout-out to you too?
#2. "One Day"--Matisyahu
I like all the songs on this list but this one is my favorite. It is powerful, empowering, beautiful, candid, spiritual, and filled with purpose. It speaks to me on such a profound level and I love its message. I could listen to it all day.
#3. "One Love"--Bob Marley
Who hasn't heard this one at one point or another? Bob Marley and his message of "One Love?" The song has a good message.
#4. "Waving Flag"--K'naan
This was one of the World Cup song's in recent years and has an overall good feel to it.
#5. "We Are the World"--Michael Jackson (25 Artists for Haiti)
This is a remake of the song that was originally song by Michael Jackson. The collaboration of so many artists coming together for Haiti was wonderful and the song has a great message and reminds us that "we are the world."
#6. "Hey World (Don't Give Up)--Michael Franti
Michael Franti's first appearance in this list. Michael Franti could potentially just have his own list when it comes to music to change the world to, but instead he's on this list three times. In this song, Franti reminds us the importance of not giving up despite the difficult realities on this planet and tugs at the change that is possible if we do not give up.
#7. "With My Own Two Hands"--Ben Harper
This song reminds us of the power that each of us has to change the world ourselves and with "our own two hands."
#8. "East to the West"--Michael Franti & Spearhead
This is Michael Franti's second appearance on this musical list. This song recognizes the divisions that exist between us based on religions and wars, and the humanity inherent in us all.
#9. "Seasons of Love"--Rent
You may wonder what a song from a musical is doing on this hub, but it's a song that's filled with love and full recognition of our humanity. And this planet could use not only love and recognition of our humanity, but also love in spite of and because of our humanity. The song asks a good question, "how do you measure a year in the life?" The song provides some answers but we essentially provide the rest, and can potentially provide the change in how a year in the life is measured.
#11. "Imagine"--John Lennon
A great song about what can be and what can come to be if we not only imagine it but also implement it and work towards making it happen.
#12. "Once a Day"--Michael Franti & Spearhead ft. Sonna Rele
This is a recent release from Michael Franti and with Michael Franti you can't really go wrong. His music is full of purpose and filled with messages to make the world a better place. He has many songs I like, but this one is one of my favorites from him.
#13. "Galactic Love"--New Nobility
#15. "The World is Ours"--Aloe Blacc & David Correy
This song was suggested by a reader and it was a great addition to this list!
#16. "Change the World"--Colby & Awu
#17. "One Tribe"--Black Eyed Peas
#18. "We're all in This Together"--Ben Lee
I came across this in one of my social media feeds and listened to the track. It is poignant, powerful, moving, and hopeful. It brought a few tears to my eyes. The article, ‘To my future son or daughter’: Muslim doctor raps for human rights tells more about the song and what brought it about.
Are you ready to make the world a better place?
Questions & Answers
© 2015 Nalini Marquez