Here are mine:
10. “Earth Song” by Michael Jackson. Yes, I know, but the guy did just die, and this song is as explicitly pro-environmental as you’re ever going to get.
9. “Come Monday” by Jimmy Buffett. “I spent four lonely days in a brown L.A. haze and I just want you back by my side.” Arguably the most successful L.A. smog reference in a song.
8. “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” by Jack Johnson. It’s a children’s song, but you can’t beat it for direct messaging.
7. “Don’t Drink the Water” by Dave Matthews Band. Kind of a combo anti-colonialism pro-environmental tune, with the basic point being that environmental destruction is cosmic punishment for mistreating people. Or feel free to draw your own conclusion.
6. “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Not sure if this song is more applicable to climate change or efforts to repeal climate change legislation in California.
5. “Horizon Has Been Defeated” by Jack Johnson. A cautionary tale about technology from this Hawaiian-born surfer/filmmaker/musician/super mellow guy.
4. “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” by Marvin Gaye. Feel free to play along with Marvin during your late night bongo sessions.
3. “Rocky Mountain High” by John Denver. If this doesn’t make you want to sit around the campfire with friends, nothing will. I assume that when John sings “everybody’s high,” he’s referring to the altitude of the Rockies.
2. “Traffic in the Sky” by Jack Johnson. Eerily, he wrote this song in New York right before 9/11 and couldn’t bring himself to play it for years after that day. It’s a great meditation on the perils of short term thinking. “You keep adding stones, soon the water will be lost in the well.”
1. “Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell. I’m with Jonathan on this one.
I’m also convinced that “Mass. v. EPA” would make a great song one day. Did I miss any?
UPDATE: YouTubes after the jump: