Music is an interesting phenomenon. It has the ability to cut to our core and significantly alter our mood and spirit. Music can pump you up, or mellow you out. Some songs make you want to cry, and others make you want to punch someone. But one of the most amazing feelings you can get from a song is the inspiration to make the world a better place.
Enjoy this list of 10 Inspiring Songs that Make You Want to Change the World. It’s guaranteed to lift your spirits :).
1) Colby and Awu – Change the World
In our song Change the World, we call on everyone to “make your life about something positive and do some good to make a change.” In this track, we aim to offer a universal message of peace and unity that everyone can get down with – “I can, you can, we can, change the world.” We hope it inspires you to make a difference!
2) Matisyahu – One Day
Jewish reggae artist, Matisyahu, dreams of “One Day” in the future where people will put an end to war and fighting, and children of all backgrounds can play together in peace. Of the song, Matisyahu states, “It is an anthem of hope with a big beat, the kind of song that makes you bob your head and open your heart at the same time.”
3) Emmanuel Jal – We Want Peace
Former Sudanese child solider turned musician and political activist, Emmanuel Jal, calls out to those in the world who “want peace” to stand up and make a change. Jal shares that “I use my music to inspire and educate the young people and to call the people to action.”
4) Black Eyed Peas – One Tribe
The ethnically and musically diverse American hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas sings about the oneness of all of the world’s people, proclaiming humanity as “One Tribe”, and asks everyone to strive to bring peace and unity.
5) Michael Franti and Spearhead – Bomb the World
With a sound that blends hip-hop, reggae, and rock, Michael Franti and Spearhead’s “Bomb the World” is a protest against the war and militarism that has encompassed the world post 9/11. As they say in their song, “We can bomb the world to pieces, but we can’t bomb it into peace.”
6) 2Pac – Changes
“Changes” was released posthumously two years after American rapper 2Pac was fatally wounded in a drive-by shooting. Known as one of the most prolific rappers of all time, in this song 2Pac highlights a variety of social ills, from “war in the streets” to “war in the Middle East”, and calls for people to “start making some changes” because “the old way wasn’t working”.
7) Nabil and Karim – Spiritual Revolutionary
Canadian hip-hop group Nabil and Karim use a synergistic blend of soul soothing melodic passages and electrically charged rap sequences to inspire hope and positivity. “Spiritual Revolutionary” calls on the young changemakers of the world to “spend some time in reflection” and realize that the power to change the world is in their hands.
8) Nas – I Can
Renowned American rapper Nas provides an anthem for children to work hard, follow their dreams, and be a positive change in the world. The lyrics of “I Can” are aimed at African-American youth of the inner-cities of the United States, however, the message serves as an inspiration for people all over the planet.
9) John Legend – If You’re Out There
R&B singer-songwriter John Legend makes the plea for the current generation of young people that want to make a difference to step up and take action. Legend shares that the song “was inspired in part by Obama’s candidacy, and also by the increased level of optimism and involvement of my generation. Because I’ve been inspired by it, I wanted to encourage it.”
10) Michael Jackson – Man in the Mirror
Singer-songwriter and international pop icon Michael Jackson delivers a soul-stirring hit that invites each of us to look at ourselves in the mirror and try to become a better person. As Jackson states it in his song, “If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change.”
So there you have it, 10 inspiring songs that will make you want to change the world! Now go out there and start making some change!
About the Authors
Colby and Awu are an international music duo, from the United States and Cameroon, committed to making music that uplifts your spirit and inspires you to make the world a better place! Their music is a blend of pop and hip-hop, mixed in with some African roots. They released their debut album, Change the World, in 2013 and are currently working on a 2nd album.
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