When I think about songs that influenced social change, my mind immediately reverts to The Beatles. During the late 1960’s many political protests were occurring “fueled by the massive social change that evolved from the Civil Rights movement, the rise of feminism, and more liberal attitudes on sex and drugs”.
In 1986, media coverage in the aftermath of the Tet Offensive spurred increased protests in opposition to the Vietnam War, especially among University students. These protests were international news, especially when a demonstration at the American embassy in London escalated into a violent battle with police.
These protests inspired The Beatles to write Revolution, a song about changing the world. Click here to read the lyrics. John Lennon wrote the song, which is about a non-violent form of revolution, directly to the world’s young revolutionaries.
This song marked the first time The Beatles voiced their opinion on The War. During this time, The Beatles were the most influential pop group around and their biggest fans were the younger generation. This resulted in songs like “Revolution” influencing young people to be anti-war. The song proved to influence social change when this young generation even began to sing it at war protests across the country.
The Beatles’ message of peace and love over violence spread across the world.