Most significant holidays have songs developed specifically for the occasion to either highlighting the purpose of the holiday or to pressure people to consume more (talking to you, Christmas).
I believe Earth Day is an occasion to respect and celebrate our natural world while also recognizing our role within it. It should be a time to experience the beauty of the outdoors, while also celebrating things like technological advances that bring us together while lessening our negative environmental impacts.
It is for this reason that I’d like to highlight eight songs I find even remotely relevant to Earth Day. While Earth Day is often celebrated by planting trees or participating in cleanups (which are both great activities, don’t get me wrong), they don’t really encompass what Earth Day is or could be truly about.
You can listen to the following songs and a few more on my playlist here. Ignore the embarrassing from-teenage-years Spotify username.
And with that, let’s get listening:
- Big Yellow Taxi – Counting Crows, Vanessa Carlton
2. Earth – Lil Dicky (explicit)
I’m most excited about this song right now because it was just released the other day. Be warned, it is very explicit and isn’t really meant for the ears of children (I mean, it is Lil Dicky). It’s kind of written to sound like a children’s book at the beginning, but Lil Dicky’s verse highlights what we need to change in order to be better stewards of the planet, which is awesome. Think “We are the World 2.0.”
3. Pockets Full of No – Coast Modern
4. Soak Up the Sun – Sheryl Crow
This one doesn’t really have much to do with being good stewards of the planet, but I think it’s relevant because it talks about enjoying relaxing out in the sun, which is something we all should be doing on Earth Day.
5. Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra
6. Don’t Go Near the Water – The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys have a few songs centered around the environment and even more so about enjoying the ocean and being outdoors. This one is one that they explicitly highlight the damage humans are doing to the planet and that we need to change our ways to continue enjoying the beauty around us.
7. One Day – Matisyahu
8. River – Bishop Briggs
I picked this one mostly because it’s titled “River,” but also because it’s just a really fun song to listen to.
That’s all the songs I wanted to highlight for Earth Day today, but feel free to give me some more ideas in the comment section below.