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1. Bad Religion, “Los Angeles Is Burning”
This song is about the excessive human consumption and media frenzy that has taken over the world with no concern for the well-being of our home and humanity.
Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “When the hills of Los Angeles are burning, palm trees are candles in the murder wind.”
2. The Beach Boys, “Don’t Go Near the Water”
The Beach Boys were obviously ocean enthusiasts. This song says to show some love to the oceans and to stop polluting our waters.
Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “Don’t go near the water to do it any wrong, to be cool with the water is the message of this song.”
3. Dead Kennedys, “Cesspools in Eden”
It’s all about how big corporations don’t care about us and that they’re building the factories that are poisoning us and our environment.
Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “Groundwater’s poisoned, air stings like hell, the lines for doctors grow long.”
4. Devo, “No Place Like Home”
A great tune that makes you want to angry-dance to the fact that mankind is obliviously spoiling the Earth, and soon we won’t even have a home to spoil.
Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “If we should all just disappear, the skies and waters will clear in a world without us.”
5. Gorillaz, “Superfast Jellyfish”
Typical Gorillaz, hitting you square in the face with how nothing is natural anymore and we’re all puppets to consumerism.
Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “The sea is radioactive, all hail king Neptune and his water breathers.”
6. Metallica, “Blackened”
This song is based on the apocalypse according to the Bible and relates it to pollution, deforestation, and other social problems we see now.
Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “Death of Mother Earth, never a rebirth, evolution’s end, never will it mend.”
7. Michael Jackson, “Earth Song”
MJ preaches for everyone to join together to save our planet and bring peace to humanity.
Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “Did you ever stop to notice, this crying Earth, this weeping shore?”
8. Miley Cyrus, “Wake Up America”
We all know she loves at least one kind of plant. This old-school Miley song is about getting America to stop ignoring Mother Nature’s cry for help.
Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “We’re all in this together! It’s our home so let’s take care of it.”
9. Mos Def, “New World Water”
A pissed-off Mos Def explains that while human beings are feeding their obsession with money, their home is deteriorating around them and will soon be gone.
Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “It’s the New World Water, and every drop counts. You can laugh and take it as a joke if you wanna, but it don’t rain for four weeks some summers.”
10. Pixies, “This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven”
This song points it out plain and simple: Humanity is killing the Earth, and we are all going down with it.
Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “There was a guy, an underwater guy who controlled the sea, got killed by 10 million pounds of sludge from New York and New Jersey.”
11. Talking Heads, “Nothing but Flowers”
A sarcastic song about a time when Mother Nature takes over and things like highways and 7-Elevens are missed, even though they are now in a “peaceful oasis.”
Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “Once there were parking lots, now it’s a peaceful oasis. You got it.”
12. Tegan and Sara, “Our Trees”
From the ladies who sing “Everything Is Awesome” in The Lego Movie (another movie about social injustices), this song is about how we need to stand up for Mother Nature and be her voice.
Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “If the trees could be lions, would they still fall and be tagged? Would they refuse to surrender, refuse to be gagged?”
13. Will.i.am., “S.O.S. (Mother Nature)”
Will.i.am. explains how we need to open up our eyes and see the pollution humanity is causing that’s killing our planet.
Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “And here they come choppering down, chopping down our rain forest, fucking up our air for us, they don’t really care for us.”
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Bad Religion, Metallica, The Pixies…all great bands. Thanks for this 🙂