12 Songs About Social Issues

(Last Updated On: May 23, 2021)

A social issue is generally a problem that influences many citizens within a society. It is a group of common problem in present-day society that people strive to solve. Below is a list of songs that talk about social issues:

1. Childish Gambino – Feels Like Summer

Gambino covers various issues facing the world currently such as climate change, water scarcity, air pollution, artificial intelligence, dying of bees, deforestation etc.


2. Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror

The main message in the song from Michael that to make a change in the world you need to start with yourself. Put your house in order first.


3. Michael Jackson – Earth Song

Michael Jackson said he was inspired to do the song after feeling so much pain due to the plight of the planet. The song talks about the ecological imbalance going on and the high number of environmental issues.


4. Michael Jackson – Heal The World

The song is about urging the current generation to do better to create a much better place for the future generation.


5. Childish Gambino – This Is America

The track is generally a commentary on black life in America and the American culture as a whole. It explores the whole complicated relationship between Black art and Black suffering.


6. Madison Beer –  Dear Society

The song is about social media and how our society perceives and is perceived. She uses the extended metaphor of a relationship with a toxic person to personify social media and the ways she is perceived in society.


7. Black Eyed Peas – Where Is The Love

This is a song by The Black Eyed Peas about police brutality, racism and terrorism.


8. John Lennon – Imagine

The track was released back in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It asks the listeners to envision a world of peace and unity.


9. John Mayer – Waiting On The World To Change

The song talks about the generation’s inaction in regard to the current world conditions as the youth feel powerless.


10. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Same Love

This is a powerful song about marriage equality for same sex couples and has been used to make it more understandable to the general public.


11. Shawn Mendes – Youth

Shawn commented that the song is about youth being a feeling that one can’t take away from you.


12. Lady Gaga – Til It Happens To You

The song was written for the film The Hunting Ground which is a documentary style movie following sexual assault cases and rape crimes committed on college campuses across the United States.