Can you name the ten best songs about the world? We have created a “ten best” list from a variety of online sources. Most of the songs promote world peace and equality. Some of them even have the word “world” in the title. Go ahead and read the list, and see if some of your picks made the cut.
- “Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream.” The first song on our list of best songs about the world is “Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream.” The song is a widely-covered anti-war classic by Ed McCurdy. Written in 1950, it inspired many people during the peace movement of the 1960s.
- “Let There Be Peace On Earth.” “Let There Be Peace On Earth” is another popular song about the world. It was written in 1955 by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson, a husband-and-wife songwriting team. It expresses their dream for world peace. Still popular in schools and holiday gatherings, it was a theme song for the United Nations, various human rights campaigns and Veterans Day celebrations.
- “What A Wonderful World.” “What A Wonderful World” is a 1968 single performed by Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. The song was written to address the politically and racially charged climate of the late 1960s, with a hopeful optimism for the future.
- “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.” “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” is a 1985 single by British pop-rock band, Tears For Fears. From their “Songs From The Big Chair” album, the song is all about world power, warfare and its misery.
- “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It.” “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It” is a 1987 single by American rock band R.E.M. from their “Document” album. The song is known for its quick lyrics and apocalyptic references.
- “All Around The World.” “All Around The World” is a 1998 single by English rock band Oasis. From their “Be Here Now” album, the song is similar in message to many of the band’s songs, preaching “all around the world, you gotta spread the word…it’s gonna be okay.”
- “Ordinary World.” “Ordinary World” is a 1993 Duran Duran single from their second self-titled album, informally known as “The Wedding Album.” Written by Simon LeBon for his late friend David Miles, the song seeks an ordinary world where “I will learn to survive.” It later benefited children in war-torn Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- “Someday.” “Someday” is a 1996 single from the soundtrack album for Disney’s animated film, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Performed by Ireland’s Celtic Woman ensemble, the song speaks of a day when the world is older and wiser, when “we may yet learn to live and let live.”
- “The World Is Not Enough.” “The World Is Not Enough” is a 1999 single from the Scottish-American alternative rock band, Garbage. It is the theme song for the nineteenth James Bond spy movie. “The world is not enough,” the band sings, “but it is such a perfect place to start.”
- “One Love, One World.” “One Love, One World” is a 2010 remastered song by Craig Raymo, a recording artist and former New York dj known professionally as Craymo. The song promotes world peace, tolerance, equality and human rights.
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