3E Songs: Songs About The Earth Ecology & The Environment


This is a challenging subject to tackle as far as music goes. You’ll find songs here with various messages but with similar themes that make a statement. Most evoke environmental awareness or aim to inspire action. You’ll also find those that chronicle environmental ravages and ruins. On the other hand a few in this list will simply celebrate the beauty, wonder and regenerative capacity of nature. This is definitely music that has a message or packs a punch to wake people up before it’s too late or claim it may already be too late.

So I present to you 50+ songs that may be considered environmental songs from the last few decades and a handful of more recent releases that make a statement about the plight of our precious planet (of which we only have one).

Now you can go ahead and create a CD mix or mp3 playlist to inspire, reflect and enjoy  during your next Earth Day celebration event or, for that matter, year round action. You just might wanna make sure your CD player is running on solar power or perhaps connected to a windmill for turbine power. :P

Songs About The Earth, Ecology & The Environment

  1. American Child – John Denver
  2. Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell
  3. Black Moon – Emerson Lake & Palmer
  4. Calypso – John Denver
  5. Carbon Monoxide – Cake
  6. Countdown To Extinction – Megadeth
  7. Conviction of The Heart – Kenny Loggins
  8. Death of Mother Nature Suite – Kansas
  9. Don’t Go Near The Water – The Beach Boys
  10. Don’t Go Near The Water – Johnny Cash (entirely different song than above)
  11. Earth Anthem – The Turtles, Dan Fogelberg
  12. Earth Day Every Day (Celebrate) – John Denver
  13. Earth Song – Michael Jackson
  14. Ecology Song – Stephen Stills
  15. Garden of Eden – New Riders of The Purple Sage
  16. Godzilla – Blue Oyster Cult
  17. Gone – Jack Johnson
  18. Good Planets Are Hard To Find – Steve Forbert
  19. Goodbye To A River – Don Henley
  20. Hands All Over – Soundgarden
  21. Heal The World – Michael Jackson
  22. I Remember California – REM
  23. I’d Love To Change The World – Ten Years After
  24. If A Tree Falls – Bruce Cockburn
  25. In The Year 2525 – Zager & Evans
  26. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology Song) – Marvin Gaye
  27. Monkey Gone To Heaven – The Pixies
  28. Mother Earth (Natural Anthem) – Neil Young
  29. My City Was Gone – The Pretenders
  30. Nature’s Way – Spirit
  31. (Nothing But) Flowers – Talking Heads
  32. One Sweet World – Dave Matthews Band
  33. Only A Dream – Adrian Belew
  34. Paradise – John Prine
  35. Pass It On Down – Alabama
  36. Plan It Earth – Richard Sinclair
  37. Pollution – Tom Lehrer
  38. Rain On The Scarecrow – John Cougar Mellencamp
  39. Shapes of Things – The Yardbirds
  40. Song For A Dying Planet – Joe Walsh
  41. Subdivisions – Rush
  42. Supernova – Liquid Blue
  43. The 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuses & Recycle) – Jack Johnson
  44. The Last Resort – The Eagles
  45. The Sun Is Burning – Simon & Garfunkel
  46. The Trees – Rush
  47. To The Last Whale: A Critical Mass/Wind On The Water – David Crosby & Graham Nash
  48. Traffic Jam – James Taylor
  49. We Bought It – Brother Tree
  50. Winds of Change – Jefferson Starship
  51. Windsong – John Denver
  52. Wond’ring Again – Jethro Tull
  53. Zone 804 – Peter Schilling

One Response

  1. Great list for earth day! I heard this too if you are looking for more….
    http://soundcloud.com/nigel-mines/love-song-for-a-dying-planet-green-blue

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