22 Best Songs of Hope for Humanity and a Better World
Looking around at the world, it's easy to become overwhelmed by all that is happening. It's easy to turn a blind eye to those in need. However, we all have a responsibility to this planet and we all 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 deeply connected to each other. We can use it to celebrate some of our greatest moments or to motivate us to make change happen. Not only can music motivate us to accomplish things in our own lives, it can also motivate humanity to get things done on a greater scale.
While music is frequently used for entertainment purposes, some artists have chosen to use their musical platforms to highlight the need for action and change in our world. They truly want to make the world a better place.
Here are 22 high-quality songs with strong messages. These songs are about having hope for humanity and creating positive change!
Songs of Hope for Humanity
- "Keep Changing the World"—Mikeschair
- "One Day"—Matisyahu
- "One Love"—Bob Marley
- "Waving Flag"—K'naan
- "We Are the World"—Michael Jackson
- "Hey World (Don't Give Up)"—Michael Franti
- "With My Own Two Hands"—Ben Harper
- "East to the West"—Michael Franti & Spearhead
- "Seasons of Love"—Rent
- "Imagine"—John Lennon
- "Once a Day"—Michael Franti & Spearhead ft. Sonna Rele
- "Galactic Love"—New Nobility
- "The World Is Ours"—Aloe Blacc & David Correy
- "Change the World"—Colby & Awu
- "One Tribe"—Black Eyed Peas
- "We're All in This Together"—Ben Lee
- "One Song—A Song for World Peace and Togetherness" by Mitchell Jay
- "Do Something"—Matthew West
"I'm Good"—The Mowgli's
- "Letter to the Future"—You I Am
1. "Keep Changing the World"—Mikeschair
This song is a shoutout to other activists. It's a song about empowerment. It encourages us to work to make the world a better place by fighting for the broken and the lonely.
To all the people who are fighting for the broken
All the people who keep holding onto love
All the people who are reaching for the lonely
Keep changing the world— Mikeschair, "Keep Changing the World"
2. "One Day"—Matisyahu
Genre: Reggae, Alternative/Indie, Rock
I like all the songs on this list, but this one is my favorite. It is 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.
All my life I´ve been waiting for
I´ve been praying for
For the people to say
That we don´t wanna fight no more— Matisyahu, "One Day"
3. "One Love"—Bob Marley
Who hasn't heard this song at one point or another? Bob Marley always had such a strong message of coming together as "one love."
One love, one heart
Let's get together and feel all right
Hear the children crying (One love)
Hear the children crying (One heart)— Bob Marley, "One Love"
4. "Waving Flag"—K'naan
Recently, this was played during the World Cup. It brings everyone good feelings.
When I get older
I will be stronger
they'll call me freedom
just like a wavin' flag— K'naan, "Waving Flag"
5. "We Are the World"—Michael Jackson (25 Artists for Haiti)
This is a remake of the song that was originally sung by Michael Jackson. These artists collaborated to raise money and awareness for Haiti. This song has a great message, reminding us that "we are the world."
We are the world (we are the world)
We are the children (we are the children)
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving— Michael Jackson, "We Are the World"
6. "Hey World (Don't Give Up)"—Michael Franti
Album: All Rebel Rockers
This is Michael Franti's first appearance on this list. When it comes to writing about music with powerful messages, Michael Franti could have a list all to himself. In this song, Franti reminds us about the importance of not giving up (despite the difficult realities on this planet). He reminds us about how beautiful this life can be if we just keep fighting for what is right.
Hey world, you know you got to put up a fight
Hey world, you rumble in the jungle tonight
Hey world, keep bringing it the rest of your life
You got to put up a fight, you got to put up a fight— Michael Franti, "Hey World (Don't Give Up)"
7. "With My Own Two Hands"—Ben Harper
Album: Diamonds on the Inside
Genre: Reggae, Blues rock
This song reminds us of the power that each of us has to change the world ourselves. The future is in our hands.
I can change the world, with my own two hands
Make a better place, with my own two hands
Make a kinder place, oh with my, oh with my own two hands
With my own, with my own two hands— Ben Harper, "With My Own Two Hands"
8. "East to the West"—Michael Franti & Spearhead
Album: Yell Fire!
This is Michael Franti's second appearance on this list. This song recognizes the divisions that exist between us due to religion and war, but it also reminds us to see our shared humanity.
To the East to the West
To the North and South
To the East to the West
One love people never gonna stop— Michael Franti & Spearhead, "East to the West"
9. "Seasons of Love"—Rent
You may wonder what a song from a musical is doing in this article. Well, it's a song that's filled with love and fully recognizes our shared humanity, so it definitely deserves a spot on this list. This song reminds us to keep loving, even if we have disagreements or fall on hard times. This songs asks the question "how do you measure a year in the life?" That's a powerful thought. In the end, it's up to us to provide the answer for ourselves.
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Moments so dear— Rent, "Seasons of Love"
The Lumineers are an American folk rock band based in Denver, Colorado. The founding members are Wesley Schultz (lead vocals, guitar) and Jeremiah Fraites (drums, percussion). Their music is rich with positivity and a message of love.
I say peace when I jump on a beat
I say peace when I’m walking the street
I say peace when the sun’s in the east
I say peace when I move with the fleet
I say peace when I’m facing the beast
I say peace when I’m taking you deep
I say peace cause I know I’m complete— Luminaries, "Peace"
11. "Imagine"—John Lennon
Genre: Rock, Pop
This is a great song about what can come to be if we work hard with love in our hearts.
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one— John Lennon, "Imagine"
12. "Once a Day"—Michael Franti & Spearhead ft. Sonna Rele
This is a recent release from Michael Franti (with Michael Franti you can't really go wrong). His music is full of purpose and is filled with messages about making the world a better place. This is definitely one of my favorite songs by him.
Everybody oughta hug somebody, at least once a day.
And everybody oughta kiss somebody, at least once a day.
Everybody's gonna miss somebody, at least once a day.
And everybody gotta love somebody, every day!— Michael Franti & Spearhead ft. Sonna Rele, "Once a Day"
13. "Galactic Love"—New Nobility
Genre: New age, Rock, Pop
This Sydney-based trio not only woos and pierces the ears of rock lovers with their melodious shredding and vocals, but also appeals to lovers of pop music as well.
Space mask is what's
Waiting for me tomorrow
Parents of the universe
You see me very strange
Because I believe in Galactic Love— New Nobility, "Galactic Love"
Album: Definitely Maybe
Genre: Britpop, Alternative/Indie, Rock
Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher, Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, and Tony McCarroll. They wrote some of the biggest hits in the '90s. This is one of my favorites by them.
I'm free to be whatever I
Whatever I choose
And I'll sing the blues if I want— Oasis, "Whatever"
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!
From the sky to the sea to the air that we breathe
From the depths of the earth to the stars
(Light up the world, light up the world)
Run like you're born to fly— Aloe Blacc & David Correy, "The World is Ours"
16. "Change the World"—Colby & Awu
Album: Change the World
Colby and Awu are an incredibly unique musical duo. Colby is an American rapper and lyricist based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Awu is a vocalist and guitar player from Bamenda, Cameroon. They love music and share a passion for justice.
Yo I woke up this morning with a dream to change the world,
Just want to bring a smile to every boy and every girl,
Can’t do it by myself, on my own and all alone,
The world needs changing now, so lets all get in the zone,
Every woman, every man, come and join me lend a hand,
It’s time to step it up and lead our children to the promised land,
The golden age of unity, of freedom and equality,— Colby & Awu, "Change the World"
17. "One Tribe"—Black Eyed Peas
Album: The E.N.D.
The Black Eyed Peas is an American musical group, consisting of rappers will.i.am, apl.de.ap, and Taboo. Originally an alternative hip hop group, they subsequently changed their musical sound to pop and dance-pop music. This is one of my favorite songs by them.
One tribe, one time, one planet, one race
Its all one blood, don't care about your face
The color of your eye
Or the tone of your skin
Don't care where you are
Don't care where you been
'Cause where we gonna go
Is where we wanna be— Black Eyed Peas, "One Tribe"
18. "We're All in This Together"—Ben Lee
Album: Awake Is the New Sleep
Benjamin Michael Lee (born on September 11th, 1978) is an Australian musician and actor. He began his career as a musician at the age of 14 with the Sydney band Noise Addict, but focused on his solo career when the band broke up in 1995. He appeared as the protagonist in the Australian film The Rage in Placid Lake (2003). He has released eleven solo studio albums. I absolutely love this song by him.
Woke up this morning.
I suddenly realized
We're all in this together.
I started smiling— Ben Lee, "We're all in This Together"
19. "One Song—A Song for World Peace and Togetherness" by Mitchell Jay
Far across the ocean,
From sea to shining sea.
Different kinds of people,
Sing a sweet harmony.— Mitchell Jay, "One Song—A Song for World Peace and Togetherness"
20. "Do Something"—Matthew West
Album: Into the Light
Matthew Joseph West is an American contemporary Christian musician, singer-songwriter, and actor. He has released five studio albums and is known for his songs, "More," "You Are Everything," and "The Motions." He was nominated for five Dove Awards in 2005, two of which were for his major label debut album, Happy. This song is truly phenomenal.
If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something, yeah
If not now, then when— Matthew West, "Do Something"
21. "I'm Good"—The Mowgli's
Album: Kids in Love
The Mowgli's are an American alternative rock band from Los Angeles County, California. Their music is upbeat and positive. I listen to them when I want to feel inspired.
I’m good, I’m good, I’m good, I’m good
Living life just like I should
Wouldn’t change it if I could
I’m good, I’m good, I’m good— The Mowgli's, "I'm Good"
22. "Letter to the Future"—You I Am
Genre: Spoken word
This is a spoken word performance that truly fills me with feelings of positivity!
What brought you here?
Are you ready to make the world a better place?
Questions & Answers
Where can I buy the sheet music for "One Song"? I tried on the sites I buy sheet music. I'm a music teacher, so I'm not interested in just listening.
"One Song" was sent to me by Mitchell Jay, who wrote the song but I do not know where the sheet music for the song can be purchased. I sent a message to the email address Mitchell messaged me from letting him know that there was someone who contacted me on my article page interested in purchasing sheet music for the song. If you want you can send me your email address, and I can pass it on to him to facilitate your inquiry or you might want to try sending a message to him by posting a comment to the "One Song" video on his YouTube channel if you prefer.Helpful 2
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