Sociologically Significant Songs

Adolescent, Development, Conformity: 

"My Back Pages," Bob Dylan 


"Gave Up," Nine Inch Nails; "Got it In You," Banners; "Help," The Beatles; "Helpless," Hamilton Cast & Phillipa Soo; "In My Blood," Shawn Mendes; "Worthless," Eli

Anomie, War, Protest, Social Change:

"What's Going On," Marvin Gaye 


"A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," Bob Dylan; "Wooden Ships," Crosby, Stills & Nash

Class Oppression:

"Born in the USA," Bruce Springsteen; "Working Class Hero," John Lennon 

Cohort Analysis:

"My Generation," The Who

Commercial Materialism:

"Money," Cardi B

Durkheim's Suicide:

"Hurt," Johnny Cash; "Suicidal Thoughts," The Notorious B.I.G.; "Wish You Were Here," Pink Floyd 


"Another Brick in the Wall," Pink Floyd 

Environment, Capitalism :

"Draglines," Deborah Silverstein


"Equal Rights," Peter Tosh 

Gender Roles:

"You Don't Own Me," Lesley Gore 

Genetic Determinism, Nature-Nurture:

"Born This Way," Lady Gaga


"Kilkelly Ireland," Kean, Moloney, and O'Connell 

Individualism/ Individuality:

"Firework," Katy Perry 

Looking Glass Self:

"I'll Be Your Mirror," Velvet Underground & Nico 

Mental Illness:

"Bridge Over Troubled Water," Simon & Garfunkel; "In My Blood," Shawn Mendes; "Paint It Black," The Rolling Stones; "People are Strange," The Doors; "Shine on You Crazy Diamond," Pink Floyd

Racism, Police Brutality:

"Killing in the Name," Rage Against the Machine; "Fight the Power," Public Enemy; "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll," Bob Dylan 

"Rebel Rebel," David Bowie; "Sunday Bloody Sunday," U2; "Get Up Stand Up," Bob Marley 


"God" John Lennon; "Jesus from Texas," Semler

Reproductive Rights:

"Pennyroyal Tea," Nirvana 


"When the Ship Comes In," Bob Dylan 

Social Class, Extreme Inequality: 

"Rich Girl," Hall and Oates; "Fortunate Son," Creedence Clearwater Revival 

Social Isolation:

"Fast Car," Tracy Chapman

Social Norms, Conformity :

"Imagine," John Lennon

Socialization, Parental Influence, Role Models:

"Song for Dad," Keith Urban; "Teach Your Children," Crosby, Stills & Nash


"Philadelphia," Bruce Springsteen 

Supportive Network Ties, Durkheimian Cohesion:

"Stand By Me," Ben E. King 

Triadic Closure:

"It's My Party & She's A Fool," Lesley Gore; "Someone Like You," Adele; "You Belong With Me," Taylor Swift 

White Poverty and Suicide :

"Ballad of Hollis Brown," Bob Dylan


"9 to 5," Dolly Parton; "Take This Job and Shove It," Johnny Paycheck; "Don't Talk to Me about Work," Lou Reed; "Dead End Job," The Police