As U2 frontman Bono once said, "Music can change the world because it can change people." This weekend is the Social Good Summit, and this week for Music Monday we're celebrating the power of music to inspire change.
Perhaps the best-known charity single is 1985's "We Are the World," which brought together some of the biggest recording artists of the 80s — including Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Billy Joel, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon — to raise funds in support of famine relief in Africa. Two decades later, a new batch of contemporary pop stars released "We Are the World 25 for Haiti" to provide aid to victims of 2010's devastating earthquake in Haiti.
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From benefit concerts to iTunes singles, there are many different ways that music can travel the world to inspire change. The artists we've gathered have lent their efforts to promoting literacy, ending genocide and freeing political prisoners. And in addition to reminding us of the incredible importance of social good, these artists also provided us with some great songs.
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We've gathered together our favorite tunes that harness the power of social change in a Spotify playlist. Share your favorites with us in the comments, and we'll add them to our list. We can't wait to hear your picks, and hope we'll see you at #SGSGlobal this weekend! What are you favorite Social Good songs?
Here's how you can share your social good songs with us:
- Tell us in the comments. Make sure to include the artist and the song so we can be certain to find it.
- Tweet us your song choice @mashableHQ and use the hashtag #MusicMonday. If you send us a Spotify link, we'll give it a listen and add some of our favorites
- To grab a Spotify link, control-click on any song in Spotify and "Copy HTTP link."
- If you're not a Spotify user, you can still send us a link to wherever the track is hosted, and we'll do our best to listen.
This story originally published on Mashable here.
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- Bruce Springsteen
- Lionel Richie
- Michael Jackson