Pieces of music that changed the minds and hearts of everyone who listened to it are on this list. They have entered our cultures and stayed with us for decades, and sometimes, through the centuries.
“Imagine” by John Lennon (1973)
This famous song was performed and written by English musician John Lennon. It was first released on his solo album “It’s So Hard” also known as “Working Class Hero.” Because the song asks the listener to imagine a world free from religion, political boundaries, class and material possessions, it ultimately became an anthem for world peace. It was written in 1971 during the Vietnam War, and it couldn’t have come at a more crucial time.
“Get Up Stand Up” by Bob Marley (1973)
It seems like 1973 was the greatest year for influential music. “Get Up Stand Up” was written by Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. It appeared on The Wailer’s album “Burnin” in 1973, and has been played live many, many times. While in Haiti, Bob Marley was incredibly moved the the Haitians and they inspired him to write this song. “Get Up Stand Up” still holds value even today.
“Sunday, Bloody Sunday” by U2
One of U2′s most political song, it is the first track from their album “War.” The song focuses on the troubles of Northern Ireland, and the events surrounding Bloody Sunday, where many civilians were shot by British troops during a protest.
“Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday
Originally written as a poem by Abel Meeropol, a teacher, the powerful lyrics criticize the racism found all across America. It focuses particularly on the act of lynching. Originally sung by Billie Holiday, it has multiple covers. In 1999 TIME magazine called it the song of the century.
“War” by Edwin Star
A counterculture anti-Vietnam song created by Edwin Star. It has proved applicable in almost every time period.