THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 08, 2018 |
Posted by: Nell Snow
The world is pretty crazy right now, and with the midterm results rolling in, politics are on everyone's mind (and I do mean everyone- good on the hordes of people who came out to vote). Whether or not the vote in your state went your way, looking at the politics or just the state of the world in general can be pretty stressful. And it's not always easy to express your frustration. Here are five songs where people put into words what we can't.
1. This is America – Childish Gambino
The lyrics are simple and repetitive but the message is clear and the music video is chock full of incredible symbolism. It's an instant classic.
2. Shawn Mendes- Youth
Shawn Mendes just released a powerful anthem called "Youth" at the end of one of the most forceful nationwide campaigns I've ever seen to get young Americans to get out and vote. Coincidence?
3. World Gone Crazy (Ft. Probcause) – Russ Liquid Test
Ok so maybe this song isn't iconic, but that's only because the Russ Liquid Test isn't a household name. This song makes you want to nod your head- both to the beat and in agreement.
4. DNA – Kendrick Lamar
In April, DAMN became the first rap album (and even the first album that isn't classical or jazz) to win a Pulitzer prize. The judges declared that it captures "the complexity of modern African-American life." DNA specifically leans in to the commentary with a sample of a talk show host saying that "rap has done more to harm the African American community than racism." Plus, the song's name and repetitive lyrics refer to Kendrick's pride for his African American DNA.
5. American Idiot – Green Day
This classic had a moment this past year when, for Trump's visit to England, protest groups pushed to make this song top the charts in the UK. And it worked. How perfect is that?