May the massages of these songs will someday creep into the hearts of all.
Many music critics rank it among the most influential songs ever written in music history. It was written and performed by the legendary English rock musician John Lennon of the famous “The Beattles.” The now defunct band released it in 1971, becoming a instant hit in the same year. Aspiring for a “Utopian” world, its message is extremely idealistic. However, if humanity are only able to achieve just a fragment of the artist’s dream embedded in this song is great enough to make this world a really wonderful place.
Wind of Change
Klaus Meine, vocalist of the Scorpions wrote this song that appeared on the band’s 1990 album “Crazy World.” Although it did not become an instant single hit until 1991 when it ranked first in Germany, fourth in the United States and second in the United Kingdom. It went on to become the highest selling single hit in the history of the German music industry. The major political changes in Europe are enshrined in its lyrics, such as the Polish Round Table Agreement and the fall of the once mighty Berlin Wall that separates East and West Germany. Further, the eventual fall of the USSR and the end of the infamous Cold War inspired the writing of this highly influential song.
Heal the World
This song is included in the 1991 Michael Jackson’s music video album “dangerous”, featuring children living in countries suffering from grave unrest. Subsequently, it had reached 2nd in the United Kingdom singles chart. In abysmal contrast with the current state of the world, the writer Michael Jackson hopes for global harmony, so, our children, their children’s children, shall have a better place to live. This touching masterpiece further suggests that children around the world who are currently suffering from political, military, and ideological unrest should be given attention and care as urgent as possible for the healing of this ailing world starts from having them brought to a life of peace and dignity.
Blowing in the Wind
Bob Dylan wrote this song in1963, and as the lyrics goes, the song poses a series of rhetorical questions about peace, war, and freedom, implying that real peace and freedom are seem to be ending as hopeless dreams of victims and the oppressed. The poignant social message of it has made it famous around the world, inviting many other artists to perform it themselves. To top it all, it has sold more than 300,000 copies during the first week of release when it was recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary. Anti-war protests lodged against the Vietnam War and the Iraq War used this as an anti-war song. Interestingly, the late pontiff himself Pope John Paul II recognized this song when he was quoted as saying “yes, it’s blowing in the wind.” In 1975, Sri Lanka included this song as a poem in a new English high school textbook, causing much controversy for it replaced one of the works of Shakespeare. In 2004, Blowing in the Wind, was ranked 14th out of 500 songs considered all-time greatest by the magazine Rolling Stone.