Music holds a huge part in many people’s lives. As we like to say, everyone has their own personal anthem. Some lyrics hit home more than others, and that’s why we can relate to them as individuals. Other songs become so relevant to large groups of society they become anthems for these people. So here, we count down the top 5 social anthems of the last 15 years.
5. K’naan – Wavin’ Flag
Released in 2009 this song quickly became an anthem of hope for people around the world. The refugee story of fighting, hope and love struck a nerve with many people. It became so popular that it ended up being the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
4. Where is the love – The Black Eyed Peas
In response to the 9/11 terror attacks, The Black Eyed Peas released a song asking the world where is the love? The song addresses terrorism, racisim, intolerance and violence agasint the LGBTQ community. It really made the world reflect on what’s wrong with the world. The group released a revamp a few years back, they seemed to think everyone needed a reminder.
3. Born this Way – Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga has always been a huge supporter and advocate for the LGBTQ community. Her smash hit Born the Way was released in 2011. The song reminds people that everyone is beautiful in their own way. Gaga specifically targets people who lack confidence saying “Don’t hide yourself in regret, just love yourself and you’re set”.
2. Same Love – Macklemore
Macklemore received huge amounts of support after releasing his 2012 album – The Heist. One of the most successful songs, Same Love. The song tackles homosexuality and acceptance, urging same-sex marriage to be legalized. The song was even nominated for song of the year at the 56 Annual Grammy Awards. Macklemore sure left a lasting impression with this one, “No freedom till we’re equal, damn right I support it.”
1. 1-800-273-8255 – Logic ft. Alessia Cara, Khalid
Although it’s the newest song on the list, this one had one of the biggest impact. Rapper, Logic, tells a story of self-doubt and a need to self-harm during this song. The music video features an alienated teen who has just came out of the closet and comes close to killing himself. Logic, Alessia Cara and Khalid decided to name the song after a suicide hotline number to remind people that there is always someone to talk to. After their 2017 VMA performance, calls to the suicide prevention hotline increased by around 17%.