Depending on the situation, “peace” can refer to the cessation of violence on the world’s stage or to relaxation in the more personal sense, but whichever definition you prefer, it’s something everything can benefit from in this increasingly precarious age. Every 21 September, International Day Of Peace offers a necessary reminder that we all need to strive for a kinder world, but these ten best songs about peace are guaranteed to inspire unity and harmony all year round.
Best Songs About Peace: 10 Instant Calmers For A More Loving World
10: XTC: Melt The Guns (1982)
Though never overtly political, UK new-wave luminaries XTC wrote a bunch of extremely well-observed songs about the state of the world during the Cold War-obsessed early 80s. This social commentary arguably found its apogee on the band’s excellent 1982 double-album, English Settlement, which condemned racism on the strident No Thugs In Our House and reflected XTC’s pacifist stance on Melt The Guns. Reputedly inspired by John Lennon’s murder, the quirky but impassioned latter song also offered a wider an indictment of trigger-happy US foreign policy and a call for gun control (“Melt the guns and never more to fire them”) – issues which remain every bit as topical in today’s political climate.