10 Songs for Planet Earth!
One of music journalism’s cliché interview questions is „Where do you find your inspiration?“ and one of the cliché answers is: „All around me“. So, it doesn’t come as a shock that the air we breathe, the water we drink and the environment itself rank high on the list of political song themes. There are thousands of songs about various environmental issues and we’ve compiled a list of our 10 favorites.
We tried to get in many diverse styles of music, so don’t give up reading if you don’t like some of it – there’s pop, grunge, soul, hip hop and even a Mormon boy-band from the sixties 😀
10. Soundgarden – Hands All Over
Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell had a hipster moment while announcing this song during a concert in Berlin, saying: „We wrote this before everyone else started talking about the environment.“ Looking back at the rest of the crowd, it seemed like everyone knew which song he meant: Hands All Over.
Despite the obvious awesomeness of Soungarden swinging around in a dusty factory while singing about the environment, the video features scenes of environmental destruction and a melodramatic, dancing Mother Earth. Guitarist Kim Thayil said: “The video for that song was one of the lamest ever made. It really sucked.”
9. Tom Lehrer – Pollution
Tom Lehrer is a mathematician, singer-songwriter, satirist, pianist and professor. Yes, someone like that exists. But since modern society doesn’t place much importance on math geniuses, he’s mostly known for his own brand of dark humor. Well, he’s worked hard on ignoring media attention, so he’s not really „known“ for that either.
Pollution is a great song from the 1960s, but still relevant.
8. Tower of Power – There’s Only So Much Oil in the Ground
This song’s lyrics don’t leave much open for interpretation:
“There’s only so much oil in the ground
Sooner or later there won’t be none around
Alternate sources of power must be found
Cause there’s only so much oil in the ground”
Italian street art genius Blu agrees.