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Below is a list of Songs with an Environmental Theme -- something to listen to while you are working on Appropedia. You can listen to the playlist on Spotify

Sustain to the music! :-)

Blues[edit | edit source]

  • Beach Boys: Dont go near the water
  • Adrian Belew: Only A Dream
  • Captain Sea Level: When the North Pole Melts
  • James Taylor: Traffic Jam
  • Lenny Solomon: Global Warming Blues

--Teresa Garrison 10:37, 5 September 2007 (PDT)

Country[edit | edit source]

  • Jimmy Buffet: Wheather with YOU

Song discuss how the weather is everywhere and we can not control it! --Kerrifes 01:17, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Jimmy Buffet- Volcano

Talks of the effects that nature can have!!! --Kerrifes 01:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Jimmy Buffet: A salty Piece of LAnd

Song just shows to have pride in the land and look to see its beauty! --Kerrifes 01:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

Folk Rock[edit | edit source]

  • Joni Mitchell: Big Yellow Taxi [1]
  • Coldplay: Politik

Politik Video on Youtube

--Suzann.pomraning 13:51, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Hagen: Mother Nature

This band originates from Sweden. Their musical style encompassas a mix of heavy metal with bluegrass/folk undertones...The lyrics "she doesn't need us" may refer to the poor environmental practices of mankind and industry. --Hoffster 17:39, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Dave Matthews Band: Too Much

--Krissy Kelly 3:49, 6 September 2007

  • Joanne Rand: Antarctica

I choose this song because it talks about the different conditions of the environment. --JustineMichelle 11:04, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

  • JamesTaylor: Fire and Rain

Gabby 14:11, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

  • John Mayer: Waiting on the World to Change

"Waiting on the World to Change" Video

This song is about our current generation and how we cannot change the world unless we get up and do something about it.

--Suzann.pomraning 13:52, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Stele Ely: Hearts And Hands

"Hearts And Hands" mp3

--Greentopia 28 November, 2011

  • Stele Ely: On The Clothesline

"On The Clothesline" mp3 & video

--Greentopia 15 March, 2011

Funk[edit | edit source]

  • Jamiroquai: Emergency on Planet Earth


From the album titled, "Emergency on Planet Earth," 1993. I included this song because it speaks about consciousness of lifestyle. --Hoffster 17:05, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

Heavy metal[edit | edit source]

  • Biotech is Godzilla by Sepultura

--Dustin 12:13, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Steel Prophet- Environmental Revolt

From the album, "The Goddess Principal," 1995. These lyrics often remind me of overpopulation and the many unsustainable practices that we use.\ crime--Hoffster 17:18, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Sepultura: Old Earth

Rot old old earth--Hoffster 17:18, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

Hip hop[edit | edit source]

  • New World Water by Mos Def

This song to me is about the condition of our nations water supply and the worlds. It's by Mos Def entitled, "New World Water", off the albulm "Black on Both Sides". This is only part of the song, but I thought this part had the most to say. Enjoy!

--Dustin 12:20, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Atmosphere

Another song I have is by "Atmosphere", off the album "Seven's Travels". The song is "Shhh" and to me it's about his love from where he's from and grateful that his city doesn't have all the problems of others; pollution, overpopulation, ext. Here's a clip.

  • Michael Franti & Spearhead: Is It Love Enough?

Watched/Listened to Franti perform this song at en environmentally focused music festival in Cali. -This is just a small excerpt- Generally, the band spread out music relaying messages of social unification and opposition of the US governments environmental policies...But, like all art, these lyrics are open for for personal interpretation...

--Hoffster 12:03, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Ozomatli: Coming War

From the album, "Ozomatli." This band has deep Hispanic roots... lyrics have been translated from Spanish to English using a computer program. This band often speaks out about political opposition and international concern for unification and environmental consciousness.

Listen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Is-tbZVs5nQ

--Hoffster 12:03, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Earth Song by Michael Jackson

--Fatima 16:03, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Ice MC: Look After Nature

--Hoffster 13:18, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

Jazz[edit | edit source]

  • Spirit- "Fresh Garbage"

Indie[edit | edit source]

  • Lay Me on the Water by Gavin DeGraw, from the indie album "Gavin Live"
  • Nature Anthem

This refrain is repeated and officially lodged in one's head for the next day or two. Here's the video for an even happier experience! --Kellygreen06 13:54, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

Progressive Rock[edit | edit source]

Rush- The Trees This is a cool song from the band Rush. It could be percieved as meaning many things but in this case it could have an environmental message.

--Jaran Ellermeyer 13:00, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Bjork- Earth Intruders

--Hoffster 11:56, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Prince: Planet Earth

--Hoffster 12:03, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

Alternative[edit | edit source]

  • The Beach Boys: Don't go near the Water

It's about man's harm done to the oceans, lakes, streams, but it's not to late to start cleaning it up! --Melinastar22 12:32, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

  • U2: Peace on Earth

An excerpt from the song... --Hoffster 17:05, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Beck: The New Pollution

Perhaps this song refers to "She" as the earth, or mother nature- and it's/her experience with pollution, and the lack of social change needed to correct such problems. --Hoffster 17:05, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Biohazard: World on Fire

--Hoffster 17:24, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Linkin Park: What I've done

--Fatima 14:25, 5 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Punk rock

'This song to me is about his love for surfing and the ocean. But the water isn't exactly up to par. By: Sublime entitled "Bad Reef".'--Melinastar22 12:19, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Allister: Suffocation

From the album,"Before the Blackout." 2005.

--Hoffster 11:57, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Skinny Puppy- Natures Revenge

so many times tried not to wonder--Hoffster 17:11, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Bad Religion: The World Wont Stop Without You

I said the world won't stop without you.--Hoffster 17:33, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Sleeping In by Postal Service

--Teresa Garrison 12:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Recycled Air by Postal Service

--Teresa Garrison 12:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

  • We Will Become Silhouettes by Postal Service

--Teresa Garrison 12:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

Rock and Roll[edit | edit source]

  • Crosby: Clear Blue Skys by Crosby
  • Donovan: Atlantis
  • Jack Johnson: the three r's (Reduce, reuse, recycle...
  • Kansas: Death of Mother Nature Suites
  • Joni Mitchell: Big Yellow Taxi
  • The Pretendars: My City was Gone
  • Richard Sinclair: Plan it earth
  • Warakurna by Midnight Oil
  • Earth and Sun and Moon by Midnight Oil
  • The Turtles- "Earth Anthem"
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash and Ypoung: Clear Blue Skies

This song to me represents the artists feelings about how the water was before man came and corupted it. Will it be as good as before we came?

--Melinastar22 12:51, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd- All I Can Do Is Write About It
  • John Denver- Eagle and the Hawk

--Kerrifes 09:29, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

  • John Denver: Rocky Mountain High

--Kerrifes 09:36, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

  • The Guess Who: American Woman Album: New mother Nature
  • Steppenwolf: Don't Step on the Grass Same

SOng can be found on the LIVE album. Deals with the effects we are having on our nation. --Kerrifes 09:20, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Genesis: Land of Confussion

Song has to with the effects of our actions on the world!

  • Bush- Float

Song has to deal mainly with break up but mentions how its a beautiful world/nuclear field and rain. Then it mentions how we want to change the world. Bush doesn't directly sing about the environment but is willing to mention the effects of our environmental situations.

  • The Beatles- Piggies

SOng is on the WHITE ALBUM Song can be found on the album in my basement and most likely on line! Kerrifes 23:34, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Beach Boys- Don't Go Near the Water

It seems we're putting a lot of stuff in the water nowadays and after hearing this song it really puts a message out there and says we should do something now and fast. If you think about it, the Beach Boys have been known for so long and way back then they were singing about environmental issues. --Pmthomas99 07:10, 5 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Jethro Tull- Wond'ring Again

From the album,"Living in the Past." Lifestyle repercussions?....

--Hoffster 11:58, 4 September 2007 (PDT) Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8fzjqe4EmQ

  • Moody Blues- How Is It?(We are here)

From the album "A Question of Balance." Check out the lyrics...'nuff said.

--Hoffster 12:03, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Yes: Don't Kill the Whale

From YES's 1978 album, "Tormato."

--Hoffster 12:03, 4 September 2007 (PDT) Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9ujAqoRXjI

  • Van Halen: Right Now

From the album, "Best of Both Worlds."

--Hoffster 12:03, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Rush- Trees

This song tells a story of timber harvesting and the stuggle of a forest....

--Hoffster 12:03, 4 September 2007 (PDT) Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvQ2JF-glvw

  • Michael Jackson: Earth Song

--Hoffster 13:14, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Rick Wakeman: The Forest

--Hoffster 13:26, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Kansas: Death of Mother Nature

Hoffster 13:26, 4 September 2007 (PDT) Listen-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_PBs5kEXBg

  • Neil Young: Mother Earth (Natural Anthem)

Neil Young is a musical artist that has been speaking of peace, human unification, and environmental consciousness for decades. The music sample listed below is from the album, "Ragged Glory," 1990 - an album in conglomeration w/ Crazy Horse.

our children's days.--Hoffster 13:26, 4 September 2007 (PDT)


  • Rolling Stones: Salt of the Earth

--Hoffster 13:26, 4 September 2007 (PDT)


  • Melissa Etheridge- I Need To Wake Up

--Krd207 18:01, 6 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Jimi Hendrix: Earth Blues

From the album, "First Rays of the New Rising Sun."

Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Y2SAyEDSV4 --Hoffster 08:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Jimi Hendrix: 3rd Stone from the Sun

--Hoffster 08:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Jimi Hendrix: We Gotta Live Together

we got to live together...--Hoffster 08:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Jimi Hendrix: Crosstown Traffic

Crosstown Traffic--Hoffster 08:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT) Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5TczkLw2H0

  • Jimi Hendrix: Moon, Turn The Tides...gently Gently Away

Moon, Turn The Tides...gently Gently Away--Hoffster 08:24, 7 September 2007 (PDT) Listen - instrumental cover of the song...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo7EddviwEY

  • Janis Joplin: Summertime

An excerpt....

--Hoffster 08:25, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Heart- Mother Earth Blues

--Hoffster 08:23, 7 September 2007 (PDT)


  • Elvis Costello: Eisenhower Blues

An excerpt...

--Hoffster 08:23, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

Soul[edit | edit source]

  • Marvin Gaye- Mercy,Mercy,Me

1971.This song is a clasic. Over three deccades have passed, and we continue to fight the same problems...

--Hoffster 12:03, 4 September 2007 (PDT) Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9BA6fFGMjI

Techno[edit | edit source]

Reggae[edit | edit source]

  • Bob Marley: Concrete Jungle

This song may be found on Marley's widely published "Catch a Fire" album. This song of reminds me of urban sprawl and the environmentally-unfriendly practices of industrial development in economically poor/developing nations.

--Hoffster 12:03, 4 September 2007 (PDT) Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSg1AxVoG1I

  • Steele Pulse- A Who Responsible?

From the album, "True Democracy."

--Hoffster 12:03, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Global Warning by Steel Pulse

--Teresa Garrison 10:39, 5 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Bob Marley: So Much Trouble in the World

[ Lyrics accessible from http://web.archive.org/web/20120111075821/http://www.rare-lyrics.com/ ]

--Hoffster 17:33, 4 September 2007 (PDT) Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAFbYTvXXyY

Bluegrass[edit | edit source]

  • String Cheese Incident- Black Clouds

--Hoffster 12:03, 4 September 2007 (PDT) Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKFoK6pDeUg

Jam Bands[edit | edit source]

  • Keller Williams: Thirsty in the Rain

Krissy Kelly 3:54, 6 September 2007 (PDT)

  • String Cheese Incident: Joyful Sound

This song is a personal alltime favorite - it spreads messages of personal responsibility, positive actions, and positive thought. Hope you enjoy.

--Hoffster 05:01, 7 September 2007 (PDT) Vidoe-performed livehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lra2qRwzXYI

  • String Cheese Incident: Rollover

This band encompasses a multitude of genres, so i listed them as a "Jam Band." To me, this song reflects the natural and unnatural shifts of the earth....

--Hoffster 12:03, 4 September 2007 (PDT) Video-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT8SzWI3cUM

  • String Cheese Incident: Sirens

From the album, "Untying the Not." When performing this song live, String Cheese often projects images onto the curtain at the back of the stage. The images they often choose to represnt this song ware ones of industrial pollution, migratory whales being hunted, polar bear searching for food, global warming...ect....

--Hoffster 12:03, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

  • String Cheese Incident: 100 Year Flood

This song speak abunt an actual event that occured in the Rockies of Colorado- Cheese's hometown. Unseasonal warming melted the surronding snow-capped mountains and flooded their town... read on....

--Hoffster 05:01, 7 September 2007 (PDT) Video-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEwUkU0qIA4

  • String Cheese Incident- Little Hands

--Hoffster 09:02, 7 September 2007 (PDT)


  • String Cheese Incident: Turn This Around

--Hoffster 05:01, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Grateful Dead: Dark Star

--Hoffster 05:01, 7 September 2007 (PDT) Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRarrQtViUs

  • Grateful Dead: Let It Grow

--Hoffster 05:01, 7 September 2007 (PDT) Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm9YCbsLqHw

  • Grateful Dead: Eyes of the World

--Hoffster 05:01, 7 September 2007 (PDT) Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLDw_gj5e3g

  • Grateful Dead: Sunrise

--Hoffster 05:01, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Phil Lesh: The Eleven

--Hoffster 05:01, 7 September 2007 (PDT) Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paXVlzrmRwI

  • Grateful Dead: Just a Box of Rain

--Hoffster 05:05, 7 September 2007 (PDT) Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83IMmISiUr0

  • Phish: Lizards

Part of the Phish's thesis project. This may be a stretch, but this song often reminds me of endangered species...ie, the lizards...

--Hoffster 07:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT) Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymWr2r4QYTw

  • Phish- Dirt

--Hoffster 07:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT) Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T81EAJ5vWe4

  • Phish- Water in the Sky

Reminds me of acid rain sometimes...

--Hoffster 07:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Phish- A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing

--Hoffster 07:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT) Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sajpcza_PI

  • Phish: Divided Sky

--Hoffster 07:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT) Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un4C8mxwGXw

  • Phish: Crowd Control

--Hoffster 07:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Phish: Theme from the Bottom

--Hoffster 07:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT) Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qaiqnKRr9w

  • Phish- Possum

--Hoffster 07:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT) Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRMRuHceaFk

  • Phish: Slave to the Traffic Light

Slave.... hight traffic-urban-sprawl frustation....

--Hoffster 07:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT) Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dms1LM0LRZ0

  • Phish: Down with Disease

--Hoffster 07:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT) Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xkjrfxT1Go

  • Phish: End of Season

--Hoffster 07:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Phish- Fikus

--Hoffster 07:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT) Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=why-ukhlIlE

  • Phish- Mist

--Hoffster 07:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

  • Phish- Pebbles & Marbles

A more recent release, from the album, "Round Room." Reminiscent of the the earth, its shores, and appreciation.

--Hoffster 07:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT) Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO4T0qReeQ0

  • Phish: The Horse

--Hoffster 07:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT) Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2d9RdG9oRs

  • Phish- Walls of the Cave

Again, from the album, "Round Room.What we leave behind...

--Hoffster 07:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT) Listenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX8wyclMxPg

  • Phish: Waves

Sometimes i like to listen to this when i write petitions...maybe you'll enjoy it as well.

--Hoffster 07:13, 7 September 2007 (PDT)

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