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77 Songs About Changing the World

FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

Whatever your social cause is, become an activist and make positive change now. Get inspired with a playlist of pop, rock, country, and hip-hop songs about changing the world.

Whatever your social cause is, become an activist and make positive change now. Get inspired with a playlist of pop, rock, country, and hip-hop songs about changing the world.

You Have the Power to Make a Difference

If you feel small and anonymous, there's a good reason for it. Along with 7.5 billion other people on this planet, you're just one person swimming in a vast sea of humanity.

What could a single individual do to make a difference? Problems such as climate change, gun control, immigration, poverty, and pet overpopulation—they may seem too daunting. Is it worth the effort to try to change the world?

I urge you to instead consider the consequences of not doing so. Pick an issue you care about deeply. Dare to educate yourself about it because facts still matter. Connect with other people and share your story, your vision. Go local or go big, just do something.

Rather than stand there and shake your head, be a soldier in the good fight by throwing grenades of kindness, love, and compassion. Disrupt the status quo with fresh ideas and a desire to see them through. Hurl smiles and encouraging words. Arm yourself with civility and acceptance for others. Whether you're seeking to change laws, individual lives, or attitudes, the opportunity is yours to step forward and make a difference.

To motivate and inspire you onward, here is a list of pop, rock, country, R&B, and hip-hop songs about changing the world. Now go use your powers for good!

1. "One Man Can Change the World" by Big Sean (featuring Kanye West & John Legend)

Written as a tribute to Big Sean's late grandmother, this 2015 hip-hop song reminds us that we each have the power within us to change the world. Mildred V. Leonard was one of the first black female captains in World War II, returning home to earn a bachelor's and master's degree and serve as one of Detroit's first black female police officers—a true trailblazer.

As the family matriarch, Mildred encouraged Big Sean to pursue his dreams, and he passes her message of inspiration to others:

I hope you learn to make it on your own
And if you love yourself just know you'll never be alone ...

And when you get it all just remember one thing
Remember one thing: That one man could change the world.

2. "Waiting on the World to Change" by John Mayer

Every generation feels misunderstood and disenfranchised because they are young. Each wave of young people faces its own crisis of conscience regarding whether to stand up and make necessary changes in the world or continue to watch from the sidelines.

In this 2006 rock song, the narrator describes feeling marginalized by leaders and resents that his generation is regarded as standing for nothing. He describes the heavy burden of working to change an unfair system that controls the flow of information. (Hey, nothing worth fighting for is easy!) Rather than getting angry and impatient enough to change the world now, he takes the approach that one day his generation will be in charge. How do you want to do it?

3. "Spiritual Revolutionary" by Nabil and Karim

With a central message that change begins from within, this 2017 hip-hop song encourages listeners to discover what inspires them and know what they stand for. It cites Mahatma Gandhi's famous quote about changing the world by starting with yourself: "You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

4. "A Change Is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke

Released in 1964 during the Civil Rights Movement, this R&B song was inspired by Sam Cooke's personal experience of racism and discrimination. It reminds us that “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

5. "Change" by Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera's voice lifts and inspires in this 2016 rock song as it describes the senselessness of being hated for one's race, nationality, or who you love. Use it as a personal anthem of tolerance, acceptance, and love for your fellow human. We are all more similar than we are different.

6. "Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson

Let the dominoes of positive change start with you!

This 1987 tune is one of my favorite pop songs with a message, and it features a narrator who confesses that he has too often been self-centered rather than being concerned with the world around him. By becoming a better person, he seeks to grow into a role as a more conscious global citizen:

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change.

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7. "Make a Little Wave" by Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas

Small acts of kindness can unleash large effects elsewhere, the so-called "butterfly effect." That's the essence of this 2009 pop song which encourages listeners to reach out in love and use to benevolent words and deeds to help those in need. What have you done today to unleash kindness upon this world?

8. "Change" by Carrie Underwood

When you're on the very low end of the wage scale, even a temporary setback can mean the difference between having nightly shelter and being forced to live on the streets. Sadly, more than half a million people in the United States today live on the streets, in shelters, in subsidized transitional housing, or in their cars.

This 2009 country song oozes empathy for such vulnerable people by drawing attention to that spare change on your floorboard, sticky with Coke. That forgotten money may not be worth much to you, but it could help change someone else's world. The song puts the onus on you: "Whatcha gonna do?"

9. "One Tribe" by Black Eyed Peas

One planet. One race. One tribe. We are all human and share a common destiny, according to this 2009 pop song. It advocates forgetting the conflict and instead joining hands to connect and overcome.

Resistance in the Age of Trump

The Trump era has inspired a resistance.  A resistance movement is an organized effort by a significant proportion of the population of a country that opposes or resists legally established government and seeks to disrupt civil order or stability.

The Trump era has inspired a resistance. A resistance movement is an organized effort by a significant proportion of the population of a country that opposes or resists legally established government and seeks to disrupt civil order or stability.

10. "Heal the World" by Michael Jackson

With an emphasis on the power of love to change the world, this 1991 pop song implores the listener to see the world as a reflection of God's love. Find the beautiful place in your heart that reflects that joy so that you can make the world a better place for the living.

11. "What About Now" by Daughtry

This 2006 rock song and its accompanying video provide a social commentary on change and the responsibility to act. I imagine that the song could be a conversation between God and a world-weary traveler. As God references people who are homeless, hungry, and hurting, it implores the listener to start now before it's too late.

Gun Control Advocates and the Never Again Movement

After 17 classmates lost their lives to a gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle, students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, spoke out against the powerful NRA gun lobby and advocated for changes to gun laws.

After 17 classmates lost their lives to a gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle, students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, spoke out against the powerful NRA gun lobby and advocated for changes to gun laws.

12. "I Need to Wake Up" by Melissa Etheridge

In a world full of problems, become one of the solutions. We need you!

This 2005 rock song urges you to wake up and speak out so that others can feel your urgent call to action. The narrator feels that she must have been sleeping until now, having ignored the plight of climate change, habitat destruction, and pollution. Making up for lost time, she wants to spur others onward to change.

13. "Imagine" by John Lennon

John Lennon sang of peace and unity in this classic rock song during the waning years of the Vietnam War. A decade later, he would become a victim of gun violence.

This tune creates an idyllic picture of humanity laying down its weapons and joining together in brotherhood, no one hungry, greedy, or self-righteous:

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one.

This statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was removed during the time of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in 2020. Protesters repainted its base with messages.

This statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was removed during the time of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in 2020. Protesters repainted its base with messages.

14. "One Love" by Bob Marley and The Wailers

Now as much as ever, we could use the global unity that Bob Marley is calling for in this reggae-infused song from 1965. The narrator urges us to hear the children crying, give thanks to God, and join forces for good.

He also notes that evildoers with their hearts full of corruption will have no place to hide. During his lifetime, Marley was a vocal anti-apartheid advocate.

15. "With My Own Two Hands" by Ben Harper

What an uplifting song! This simple rock song from 2003 inspires hope for the power of one individual to make an impact. It describes how you can change the world with your own two hands by reaching out, holding, and comforting others. In doing so, you can make the world a place that is brighter, better, kinder, and safer. And who wouldn't welcome that change?

16. "Once a Day" by Michael Franti & Spearhead (featuring Sonna Rele & Supa Dups)

You never know what curveballs life will throw you, so rise up and live a purposeful life. This 2016 reggae-influenced song nourishes the soul with its positive message. Written after his young son was diagnosed with a kidney disorder, it encourages us to each show kindness and gratitude in our lives as a way of making the world a better place.

17. "Same Love" by Macklemore & Ryan (featuring Mary Lambert)

This 2012 hip-hop song became an international hit, the first Top 40 in America to promote gay marriage, and ultimately an anthem for marriage equality. The narrator describes various homophobic stereotypes. I'm sure you know them all. He also calls out hip-hop culture for its homophobic slurs by pointing out that civil rights are human rights, whether we're talking about the LGBT community or people of color.

Gay marriage was eventually legalized in the United States in June 2015 as a result of a landmark Supreme Court case, Obergefell v. Hodges.

Members of the LGBT community advocated for transgender rights and for basic civil rights in employment and housing.  Marriage rights was also a key platform issue prior to the legalization of same sex marriage in all 50 states.

Members of the LGBT community advocated for transgender rights and for basic civil rights in employment and housing. Marriage rights was also a key platform issue prior to the legalization of same sex marriage in all 50 states.

18. "Change the World" by Colby and Awu

There are so many factors dividing our world today, including politics, religion, and socioeconomic status. This motivational pop song from 2013 urges us to stop dehumanizing and polarizing the opposition, and instead seek common ground.

The fate of humanity is intertwined, thus the song advocates seeking to understand others first and opening both your heart and your mind to the mindblowing possibility of peace. Hate won't get us to a better place. Only sympathy, empathy, and positive partnerships will. Are you in?

19. "Do Something" by Matthew West

Tired of waiting for someone else to do something about the issue you care about? This contemporary Christian song from 2012 takes the vantage point that recognizing the problem is not enough. Wanting change is simply a start. You have to do something.

Nothing will change if you simply sit still, so get up and own your place in the world to make it better.

Animal Rights Movement

Animal rights activists have long been concerned with the property status of animals, factory farming, veganism, animal experimentation, companion animal homelessness and overpopulation, fur, hunting, and other issues.

Animal rights activists have long been concerned with the property status of animals, factory farming, veganism, animal experimentation, companion animal homelessness and overpopulation, fur, hunting, and other issues.

20. "If You're Out There" by John Legend

Consider this 2008 R&B number an urgent call to action. It's time for the new generation to answer the narrator's plea and lead change in the world.

The narrator urges listeners to conquer hunger, hate, and violence through love. He has the conviction that a better world is possible:

If you hear this message, wherever you stand
I'm calling every woman, calling every man
We're the generation
We can't afford to wait
The future started yesterday, and we're already late.

Immigrant Rights Movement

Millions of American immigrants are denied basic human rights because they are undocumented.  They work in low-wage industries and lack basic labor protections, education, mobility, and access to public services.

Millions of American immigrants are denied basic human rights because they are undocumented. They work in low-wage industries and lack basic labor protections, education, mobility, and access to public services.

Even More Songs About Changing the World

SongArtistYear Released

21. We Are the World

USA for Africa

1985

22. Love Is Still the Answer

Jason Mraz

2018

23. We Want Peace

Emmanuel Jal

2012

24. I Will Change the World

Melissa Etheridge

2012

25. One Day

Matisyahu

2009

26. I Can't Change the World

Brad Paisley

2013

27. I Can

Nas

2002

28. Bomb the World

Michael Franti & Spearhead

2003

29. Better Way

Ben Harper

2006

30. We're All in This Together

Ben Lee

2005

31. Be One

Natalie Grant

2015

32. I Was Here

Lady A

2008

33. Today I'm Gonna Try to Change the World

Johnny Reid

2010

34. 4 Minutes

Madonna

2008

35. We're Not Gonna Take It

Twisted Sister

1984

36. I Was Here

Beyonce

2011

37. People Help the People

Cherry Ghost

2007

38. What's Going On

Marvin Gaye

1971

39. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)

Marvin Gaye

1971

40. Where Is the Love?

Black Eyed Peas

2003

41. Heroes (We Could Be)

Alesso (featuring Tove Lo)

2014

42. I Won't Back Down

Tom Petty

1989

43. You've Got to Stand for Something

Aaron Tippin

1990

44. Firework

Katy Perry

2012

45. Brave

Sara Bareilles

2013

46. I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing

The Hillside Singers

1971

47. Revolution

The Beatles

1968

48. Truth to Power

OneRepublic

2017

49. I Need to Wake Up

Melissa Etheridge

2005

50. We Will Rise Up

Andra Day

2015

51. Today I'm Gonna Try and Change the World

Johnny Reid

2010

52. Eve of Destruction

Barry McGuire

1965

53. There's Still My Joy

Indigo Girls

2010

54. Looking for Angels

Skillet

2006

55. That's How You Change the World

Newsboys

2010

56. Something's in the Air

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

1994

57. I Miss America

Lily Kershaw

2016

58. What Do I Know?

Ed Sheeran

2017

59. If Everyone Cared

Nickelback

2006

60. Get on Your Feet

Gloria Estefan

1989

61. Change the World

Derek Minor

2016

62. For What It's Worth

Buffalo Springfield

1967

63. Let's Make a Better World

New Nobility

2009

64. Put a Little Love in Your Heart

Jackie DeShannon

1969

65. Love Is the Answer

England Dan & John Ford Coley

1979

66. Reach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand)

Diana Ross

1970

67. A Scary Time (For Boys)

Lynzy Lab

2018

68. The Voice

John Farnham

1986

69. Love's On the Way

Sebastian Kole

2016

70. Be the Change

Eric Bellinger

2017

71. Burn

Ellie Goulding

2013

72. On the Turning Away

Pink Floyd

1987

73. I'd Love to Change the World

Ten Years After

1971

74. We Shall Be Free

Garth Brooks

1992

75. The Change

Garth Brooks

1995

76. People Loving People

Garth Brooks

2014

77. Changes

Tupac Shakur (featuring Talent)

1998

Anti-Muslim fear, hatred, and prejudice has grown since the September 11 attacks.  It includes elements of both xenophobia and religious intolerance.

Anti-Muslim fear, hatred, and prejudice has grown since the September 11 attacks. It includes elements of both xenophobia and religious intolerance.

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Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 15, 2020:

Teague - Thank you for the song suggestions.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 15, 2020:

MG - You're right. We should always be careful of what we are changing the world to. Begin with the end in mind.

Teague on September 09, 2020:

Be More Barrio by Sheppard is a great song about building community.

O Siem by Susan Aglukark is a song about coming together and breaking down barriers between communities (O Siem is a Coast Salish term for excitement to see family)

MG Singh emge from Singapore on September 09, 2020:

Changing the world is so romantic but there are always pitfalls. You have made a wonderful collection here and I compliment you on it.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 09, 2020:

John - Thanks for these suggested songs which I have added. Be well and happy and change the world for good.

John on September 09, 2020:

Garth Brooks should definitely be on this list somewhere with "We Shall Be Free," "The Change," or "People Loving People."

I'd also recommend 2Pac "Changes"

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 16, 2020:

Sherry - Thanks for that addition. I never thought I'd live through a time reminiscent of the 1960s but here we go, knee deep in it.

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on August 14, 2020:

What about "I'd Love to Change the World," by Ten Years After? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTUsFm0BAu8

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 14, 2020:

Anon - Thank you for the song suggestions. I added the Pink Floyd tune. Have a good weekend.

Anonymass on August 12, 2020:

Good list, thanks for making it. Couple to add:

Genesis - Land Of Confusion

Pink Floyd - On The Turning Away

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 05, 2020:

Peggy - We've been through a lot of social change and now with the pandemic, we're going to go through a lot of change to other aspects of our lives. It makes me miss the good old boring stable time. Thanks for stopping by. Stay well.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 04, 2020:

"Imagine" and "We Are the World" are two good ones. There were many songs during the 1960s that were trying to make change come about. "Where have all the flowers gone" is one that I remember. I guess it could also count as a war protest song.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 16, 2019:

Duane Arnold - Thanks for your suggestion. I hope readers will give a listen to your song.

Duane Arnold on September 11, 2019:

A new release concerning the plague of gun violence. No more "thoughts and prayers"... no more flags at half-mast...

https://youtu.be/FEKDfG1dOcI

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 09, 2019:

Laura - I had never heard this song before and I like both the message and the delivery. Thanks for recommending it.

Laura on August 08, 2019:

Be The Change by Eric Bellinger is also a beautiful song about changing the world :)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 26, 2019:

Sophia - Thank you! Adding this!

Sophia on March 26, 2019:

The song Love’s on the Way by Sebastian Kole is a great song about changing the world.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 05, 2019:

Stu - Thanks for the suggestion. I've added it at #68.

Stu on March 05, 2019:

John Farnham - You’re the Voice????

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 11, 2019:

Natalie - Great to see you again! Thanks for the kind kudos.

Natalie Frank from Chicago, IL on February 10, 2019:

I love so many of these songs! Another great list, Flourish.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 10, 2019:

Michael-is-my-king - I love that you are such a young person and so passionate about making a positive impact on the world. I encourage you in all you do!

Michael-is-my-king on February 10, 2019:

This is actually one of my long term life goals. I am 13 years old and I’ve loved music since I was born. I’m currently writing (trying) an album I am going to call “For Peace”. I feel that when people write songs to try and make people do something to make the world a better place and that’s not what my central idea is. My central idea is not to tell people they should do this or that to try and make the world a better place, but to at least try and make sure they acknowledge what’s going on and how not everyone has it as easy as us. There are a lot of people around us and in other countries that wake up having to worry about if they are going to make it to tomorrow, am I gonna get food today, is my family going to make it etc. We don’t have to worry about those issues because we wake up and one of the first issues most of us have is figuring out what to eat for breakfast weather that be cereal, a pop tart, or toast etc. There are more than 349 million people that are dying because they are starving, and/or homeless etc. I want to make a change and I feel like I’m order to do so I need to view myself from one of those people’s prospective and see what corrections I can make to myself and after that I can only hope that people will begin to follow my lead. “One person can’t change the world just help one man, but if we work together then we all can” a lyric to one of my songs. I’ve always been told “God put us here to love and help others” but those people don’t stop to help. We should all try to help someone. Try to make someone’s day better. Help your neighbor or carry a seniors groceries to their car. To make a change we must work together but in order to work together you must start on your own. We can do it.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 01, 2018:

Jill - Although I didn't add it to the playlist, I inserted the link, as I like the socially conscious message. The way to change the world truly is to VOTE! People have fought for this freedom. The least we can do is exercise it.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 24, 2018:

The Victor - I've added that now! Thank you for taking the time to leave a suggestion. Have a great week. Go change your part of the world for good!

The Victor on September 23, 2018:

You forgot "IF EVERYONE CARED"!!!!!!

By Nickleback

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 26, 2018:

John Ray Cuevas - Thank you for your sharing your favorite.

Ray from Philippines on June 25, 2018:

My favorite among these songs is John Lennon's Imagine. I love the simplicity of the song yet very meaningful.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 10, 2018:

Peggy - I also hope that the Parkland High School kids will enact a positive change and that it's the start of something bigger. Thank you for stopping by.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 10, 2018:

It is important to stand up for what is right and work to change things for the better if we are able. I think that the movement started by the high school kids in Florida may actually effect change in the future. I don't think that they will give up the cause of reasonable gun control laws and soon most of them will be voting.

I have always liked that song "Imagine" by John Lennon.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 14, 2018:

Dianna - Thank you for such a sweet message. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Dianna Mendez on April 14, 2018:

Imagine is a classic for this topic! Underwood's message in song speaks to my heart and what I believe will change the world: caring for others. Always enjoy your articles!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 08, 2018:

Sean - Thanks for your energy around changing the world. I hope you are working hard in your sphere of influence to make positive strides. Have a great day!

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on April 08, 2018:

This is an amazing article, dear Flourish! Thank you for this, thank you for the Love you put on it, it seems a great Heart. I love your work anyway, and this article is an opportunity to express it.

You are a Smiling Heart, and it's so important for the world today.

God Bless you!

Sean

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 03, 2018:

Natalie - Thanks for the recommendations! All the best, Flourish

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 01, 2018:

Chitrangada - I hope you're changing the world in your corner of it. If we all work hard we can make it happen! Thanks for stopping by.

Natalie Frank from Chicago, IL on April 01, 2018:

Great list LInda! I'm making a play list with some of the more positive ones. How about the Indigo Girls - There's Still My Joy

"One tiny child can change the world

One shining light can show the way"

and 2Pac Changes

"We gotta start making changes

Learn to see me as a brother instead of two distant strangers

And that’s how it’s supposed to be

How can the Devil take a brother if he’s close to me?"

I love that you've included Matisyahu

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 01, 2018:

Wonderful list of such inspirational songs. I know some of them by heart. Music has the power to unite people, and it can inspire to bring the positive changes in the World.

Thanks for sharing another excellent list of songs!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 31, 2018:

Genna - Thanks for your kind words of support. I'm sure you are changing the world where you are. Have a wonderful Easter weekend.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on March 31, 2018:

This is so inspirational. "Dare to educate yourself about it because facts still matter. Connect with other people and share your story, your vision. Go local or go big, just do something." Bravo! 'Heal the World', 'What About Now' and 'Imagine' are among my favorites for this wonderful list. Thank you.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 30, 2018:

Larry - Hope you're changing your world and not letting the rest bother you too much. Have a great weekend!

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on March 30, 2018:

Waiting on the world to change:-/

Great list.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 29, 2018:

Jo - Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

Jo Miller from Tennessee on March 29, 2018:

This is a very timely list. Many good songs here.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 27, 2018:

Dora - Glad you knew a couple songs here, Dora. There were some good new ones I thought you may enjoy as well!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 27, 2018:

Frank - We all have the power to change the world, at least our little corner of it. Have a wonderful week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 27, 2018:

Nell - Glad you enjoyed this!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 27, 2018:

Rasma - Thank you for stopping by. I hope the article inspires others to do what they can to change the world around them (or keep doing so). Have a great week!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 26, 2018:

Great topic, and as usual, very well presented. What's more is that I know two of the songs: One Love and Man in the Mirror. I'm keeping up, Flourish!

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on March 26, 2018:

I still am reminded on how much I missed music like man in the mirror.. makes me think about how we can change the world by looking at each other in the mirror.. How can one person change the world.. as Clinton wrote it takes a village.. perhaps we all should look in the mirror together and put the me first behind us...

Nell Rose from England on March 26, 2018:

What a great list and I have all these songs in my head now!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on March 26, 2018:

A most informative and interesting hub. Lots of music to like here with thoughts of changing the world. Wonderful to see that this collection is much larger than I thought it might be.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 26, 2018:

Linda - Thanks for faithfully reading even though this isn't your musical forte. I appreciate your loyalty.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 26, 2018:

Clive - That's one of my very favorites, too, and the last song Michael Jackson sang before he died.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 25, 2018:

Your article and the photos contain important messages, Flourish. Thanks for sharing them. The only song in your list that I know is "Imagine". I've liked the song for a long time.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on March 25, 2018:

Man in the mirror is one of my faves

Robert Sacchi on March 25, 2018:

You're welcome. These articles are great trips down memory lane.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 25, 2018:

Bob - Thanks for that suggestion. I've added it at #52.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 25, 2018:

Koralee - Great recommendation! I've added it to the list at #51. If we hurled kind words like we do insults -- frequently and without a second thought -- imagine what a place this would be!

Robert Sacchi on March 25, 2018:

What about "Eve of Destruction"? "You're old enough to kill but not for voting." That was just one of the tidbits in the lyrics. The 26th Amendment lowered the voting age to 18.

Koralee Phillips from Vancouver British Columbia Canada on March 25, 2018:

This is a great Hub :) I love this "Rather than stand there and shake your head, be a soldier in the good fight by throwing grenades of kindness, love, and compassion... Hurl smiles and encouraging words.

My go to song for inspiration to focus on what's important is Johnny Reid - Today I'm Gonna Try To Change The World.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 25, 2018:

Bob - Because music reflects the sociocultural environment, many are naturally about social justice topics and changing the world. I hope we're on to something positive.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 25, 2018:

Bill - I hope that between the Women's March and yesterday's march, we are seeing a new era of activism and social awareness.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 25, 2018:

Linda - We can all model the type of kindness we wish to see reverberate throughout the world. My causes are the environment and pet overpopulation, and I have traditionally given until it hurts. I hope many others dedicate (or re-dedicate) themselves to whatever cause appeals to them. I also hope we'll look back on this era as one of renewed activism. Have a wonderful weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 25, 2018:

Heidi - There are so many good ones. Although I like "Image," I've heard some new ones (to me anyhow) in the last year or two that have really inspired me. Most of them have been introduced to me by young people (my daughter's friends and classmates who are passionate about making a difference). An amazing teacher at her high school has a junior year "Change the World" project that each student is charged with designing and executing. Some of those projects are large in scope, innovative, and truly phenomenal. It makes me feel energized that Generation Z has such passion.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 25, 2018:

Nikki - What kind support. Thank you for your sweet words. I hope we all work towards making our world more loving and tolerant wherever we live and however we are able to do so.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 25, 2018:

Mary - Thank you for your kind support. I hope more people get involved in causes they believe in so that we can all make the world a better place.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 25, 2018:

Bill - I hope the young people's movement continues. They have such determination! You're right about there being so many social issues that need support. Hope your weekend is a good one.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 25, 2018:

Devika - We need all the help we can get in this world working for good. Thanks for your kind comments.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 25, 2018:

Louise - Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I like those particular songs, too. Have a wonderful weekend!

Robert Sacchi on March 25, 2018:

A good list that spans the decades from the '60s to today. I notice most of the songs are from this century. Do you think the music world becoming more politically active?

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 25, 2018:

I was in college in the late 60's and I swear, it seemed like every other song recorded was about changing the world....where did that conviction go to? Perhaps the youth marches of yesterday are a beginning. Anyway, Imagine will always lead the way, for me, in this category.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on March 25, 2018:

Flourish, I must admit that many/most of the new ones I had not heard (I tend to listen to classical music). I guess I should "change my tune."

I am encouraged by the young people of today protesting the unsafe environment in the schools. Since Columbine nothing has changed, and there is no excuse for that.

Thank you for including Marvin Gaye, one of my favorite artists--another one taken from us much too soon.

I hope you are having a good weekend. Thank you for putting together this very timely article. We all need to be involved. I think it was Gandhi who said be the chance you wish to see in the world.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on March 25, 2018:

What an appropriate playlist for this weekend with all the marches going on. I think "Imagine" is my favorite about changing the world. Thanks for making our world a better place with sharing your playlists!

Nikki Khan from London on March 25, 2018:

A wonderful hub Flourish to bring some change in this world for good.All songs are amazing to inspire us to do something except keep on watching and blaming others.

You’ve done a brilliant job here, thumbs up!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 25, 2018:

Poetry in music often inspires more than speeches and you have woven your choices into some of the current issues today we need to stand up for. Great hub.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on March 25, 2018:

Hi Flourish. Very appropriate list with what’s going on in the world lately. Just yesterday our community participated in the March for Our Lives to support the students from Parkland, Florida. Some great songs in your list and certainly no shortage of social issues worth supporting. Great job.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 25, 2018:

The world is not much of a safe place. Powerful songs and I didn't think of these songs in such a way.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on March 25, 2018:

There's so many good songs in there. I particularly love Imagine, Man in the Mirror and One Love.

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