If there’s one thing the past few years have made clear, it’s that we are living through a period of life-threatening climate change, with extreme weather, rising sea levels and air pollution contributing to animal extinction and threats to our own future. As our planet began showing signs of dramatic deterioration in the middle of the 20th century, Earth Day was launched in 1970 in order to highlight Mother Earth’s fragility. Now, one billion people in more than 193 countries celebrate the occasion on 22 April every year. While some people join protests against global warming, or donate money to charities, many high-profile musicians have written songs that celebrate the planet. Here, then, are the ten best Earth Day songs for ecologically minded music fans.
Best Earth Day Songs: 10 Tracks That Celebrate Our Planet
10: Lil Dicky: Earth (2019)
Released as a charity single in 2019, Earth finds the US rapper Lil Dicky corralling stars to perform as animals – among them Justin Bieber (a baboon), Brendon Urie (pig) and Sia (Kangaroo). Critics may not have taken too kindly to the song, but as an attempt at getting young music fans to consider their carbon footprint, it can’t be faulted.