A couple years ago I couldn’t even tell you what month Earth Day was in let alone how I’d be celebrating it. But recently, thanks to all the attention on green living and my gig here at Ecorazzi, Earth Day is like frigin Christmas for me. Anyway, while searching the net for postable postings I found this great list written by Mike Devlin on Canada.com of the Top 10 Most Eco-Friendly songs. Check it out!
1. Bruce Cockburn, “If a Tree Falls” (1988)
Songwriters and environmentalists love Cockburn equally, for his music represents unflinching activism. It’s an ugly job, so give Cockburn credit. Without his many ecological laments — of which “If a Tree Falls” ranks near the tippy-top — our world would be a much colder place.
2. Joni Mitchell, “Big Yellow Taxi” (1970)
The view from her Hawaii hotel room — a vista that was part pavement, part tropical nirvana — inspired Mitchell to write her most famous song. Hawaiian Islands or Vancouver Island, the theme behind “Big Yellow Taxi” is universal. Sure, parking lots are necessary. But when paradise is paved to accommodate one, we all lose something significant.
3. Cat Stevens, “Where Do the Children Play?” (1970)
Tea For the Tillerman opens with “Where Do the Children Play?,” a dreamy tune upheld by Stevens’ softly sung queries. Stevens smartly hung his concerns over blind industrial progress on the fate of our children. And fans bought it hook, line and sinker.
4. Jackson Browne, “Before the Deluge” (1974)
There are Biblical overtones, to be sure, but “Before the Deluge” — some of the finest California country-rock of Jackson Browne’s career — is about our mistreatment of the environment as much as anything else. Peter Gabriel bridged the same topic on his gem, “Here Comes the Flood,” but Browne’s tale cuts deeper.
5. Tracy Chapman, “The Rape of the World” (1995)
Tracy Chapman was everywhere, musically and emotionally, on New Beginning. During one tune she’s singing about heaven on earth, and the next, how humankind has “clear-cut, dumped on, poisoned and beaten up” Mother Earth. Blind anger isn’t always pretty. However, “The Rape of the World” proves it can be profound.
For the rest of the Top 5, jump to the full list!
What do you think Ecorazzi readers? Any songs you would add?