Good tunes. Musical pleasurability. Growing peace consciousness with a cool slice of funk, indie, folk or 70’s vibes.
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Imagine, John Lennon
This is a classic hit that will be unlikely to ever lose popularity. The general message being, that we are all connected, so let’s imagine a world in which peace is real. That’s the first step to getting closer to the real thing.
“Imagine all the people living life in peace.”
War! Edwin Star
Yes, you know the one, one of the funkiest songs to get down to in a peaceful way.
“What is it good for?”
Redemption song, Bob Marley
This song is great for feeling peace on a personal level, as well as in the political spectrum. It encourages forgiveness of oneself and others.
‘Won’t you help to sing, these songs of freedom?’
Where Is the Love? Black-eyed Peas
I used to love this song when I was younger because of the values it expresses.The general idea being that love is better than all this pain.
‘Would you turn the other cheek?’
We Shall Overcome, Joan Baez
I love this woman. She is an inspiration to me as a true folk singer and pioneer of peace. This tune is dedicated by her to the people of Iran. We shall overcome, I believe it deep in my heart.
“We shall live in peace, some day.”
We Got to Have Peace, Curtis Mayfield
Super funky fresh song. Good message, too.
“People hear us, through our voice, the world knows, they got no choice.”
Heard Somebody Say, Devendra Banhart
Love this song -indie style is definitely up my alley. It’s so hard to write a song about peace without it reeking of Emmental (being super cheesy!) but they’ve pulled it off.
‘It’s simple, we don’t wanna kill.’
See Me Beautiful, Red Grammar
Talking of cheesy, this is definitely up there. But it gets away with it,because the message is so beautiful. -It’s all about seeing other people for who they really are, in all their vulnerability, rather than seeing enemy images. When we hear what’s really there, and not our judgements, we can find peace a lot easier.
“See me beautiful, look for the best in me, that’s all I really and what I want to be…”
Hold on, Ellie Larke
This is a little known songwriter (ok, it’s me!) singing a song for those in pain in the world, to never give up the cause. This is a very rough take, but I wanted to share it with you anyway.
“Thugs and bombs and all of those problems, give us a game, but no one to play it with.”
Bed Peace, Jhené Aiko Ft. Childish Gambino
This song is about your own peace of mind, wanting some time to chill out with your boo. It’s also a cute modern homage to John and Yoko’s peace bed in.
“The time is ours so we should take it.”
Give Peace a Chance, John Lennon
An anthem of peace. And now we’re back where we started!
“All we are saying…”
Peace, my friends!
What did you think? Do you have a favourite song of peace? Ever written your own? Let me know, in the comments below!