Sunday, April 22, 2007

Environmental Issues In Popular Music

I have been trying to find a music video on YouTube that follows an environmental theme from popular Top 40 music (pop, rock, Christian or country) but I can't seem to find any that really talk about environmental or ecological issues. The closest I seemed able to find was the Australian band Midnight Oil's Blue Sky Mine. But that was not a Top 40 hit -- at least not here in the U.S. Their one Top 40 hit, Beds Are Burning, was really about the treatment of Native peoples (Aboriginal) in Australia.

I have read several artists, such as Peter Gabriel and Sting, that are involved in Social Justice and Environmental causes, but I have not been able to find actual examples of popular songs that deal with environmental concerns.

Can my regular readers think of any popular Top 40 songs that were about environmental issues for Earth Day?


Charles Hugh Smith said...

"They paved Paradise, put up a parking lot" by Joni Mitchell, back in the early 70s.

charles smith

SarStein said...

hi! i found your blog looking for music about environmental issues, specifically water issues in the west. it would be great if there was a good resource out there for this. let me know if you have found anything.

OkieLawyer said...


I will be posting some more music videos up this coming Earth Day that I found later. I previously posted Big Yellow Taxi by the Counting Crows (later than this post).