Before we get to this song, though, let me first clarify what I mean by meaningful. What I’m referring to, are not songs that are meaningful to my personal experience, but rather, songs that are meaningful to mankind. When you think of songs from this perspective, a whole bunch come to mind:
- What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
- Do They Know It’s Christmas by Band-Aid
- Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson
- Synchronicity II by the Police
- Peace of Mind by Boston
- Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World by Neil Young
- Shout by Tears for Fears
- Wind of Change by the Scorpions
- One Love by Bob Marley
- My Sweet Lord by George Harrison
- Pieces by Sum 41
Of course, over the years, there has been a raft of meaningful anti-war, protest songs, particularly concerning the Vietnam War. Some of the more prominent songs from that era include:
- War by Edwin Starr
- Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen
- Fortunate Son by CCR
- What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye
- Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die Rag by Country Joe MacDonald
But as good as these songs are, they are anti-war songs. They’re songs about what we don’t want rather than songs about what we do want … peace, love, joy, compassion and kindness … and in my view songs about what we want are more meaningful. They are more uplifting and inspiring. I am also reminded of what Mother Teresa said when she was invited to an anti-war rally. She said she wouldn’t attend an anti-war rally, but she would gladly attend a pro-peace rally.
When I think, then, of happy, uplifting songs, the following come to mind:
- Beautiful Day by U2
- Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Monty Python
- Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin
- Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves
- Oh What a Feeling by Crowbar
While there is no doubt that these songs make you feel good, they are not necessarily meaningful from a promoting peace and love perspective.
When it comes to meaningful songs, one name rises above the rest. This artist rose from the backstreets of Liverpool to bless the world with a host of meaningful songs, including All You Needs is Love, Give Peace a Chance, Mind Games and Happy Xmas (War is Over) to name just a few.
When you think of meaningful artists, one name tops the list, and that is John Lennon, and when you think of meaningful songs, one song tops the list, and that is Imagine, a brilliantly beautiful ballad that compels us to imagine a better world. It asks us to imagine all the people living life in peace.
I hope, as Lennon wrote, some day we can all join together and live as one!
What’s your most meaningful song?
Have an awesomely meaningful day!