Tangent Sunset

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Social Commentary Music
by Alex Cosper

Social commentary songs make good time capsules of history. Most songs that comment on society tend to be reflective of the way people already are. Occasionally a songwriter will go outside of this framework and come up with a vision of where people could or should go. Either type of song can be mind-opening. The music of Tangent Sunset has been greatly inspired by milestone social commentary songs such as these:

John Lennon - Imagine
Pink Floyd - Money
Bruce Springsteen - Born In The USA
U2 - Pride In The Name of Love
Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind
Beatles - Revolution
Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall
Eagles - Hotel California
Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil
Dire Straits - Money For Nothin'
Police - De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
Don McLean - American Pie
Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now
Pete Seeger - Where Have All The Flowers Gone
Pink Floyd - Time
Don Henley - Boys of Summer
Grateful Dead - Touch of Grey
Smash Mouth - Walkin' On The Sun
Sting - All This Time
Cake - Rock and Roll Lifestyle
Beatles - All You Need Is Love
Rolling Stones - You Can't Always Get What You Want
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son
Edwin Starr - War
Marvin Gaye - What's Goin' On
Depeche Mode - Blasphemous Rumours
Kansas - Dust In The Wind
Simon & Garfunkel - The Sounds of Silence
Eagles - The Last Resort
Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World
John Cougar Mellencamp - Small Town
Pearl Jam - Not For You
Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild
Barry McGuire - Eve of Destruction
O'Jays - Love Train
John Cougar Mellencamp - Pink Houses
Supertramp - The Logical Song
U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Beatles - Nowhere Man
Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A Changin'
Don Henley - End of the Innocence
Beatles - Taxman
Counting Crows - Mr. Jones
John Lennon - Instant Karma
R.E.M. - It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Tears For Fears - Shout
Depeche Mode - Shake The Disease
Dion - Abraham, Martin and John
Grateful Dead - Throwing Stones
Rolling Stones - Street Fighting Man
Doors - Riders On The Storm
Jesus Jones - Right Here, Right Now
Bob Seger - Night Moves
Elvis Presley - In The Ghetto
Sonny & Cher - The Beat Goes On
Janis Ian - Society's Child
Pink Floyd - Welcome To The Machine
Temptations - Ball of Confusion
Rascals - People Got To Be Free
Paul Revere & The Raiders - Kicks
Guess Who - Share The Land
Doors - People Are Strange
Bob Dylan - Rainy Day Women #12 and 35
Beatles - A Day In The Life
Ringo Starr - No No Song
Rolling Stones - Shattered
Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth
Harry Chapin - Cat's In The Cradle
Coven - One Tin Soldier
R.E.M. - Ignoreland
Sly Fox - Let's Go All The Way
Beatles - Within You, Without You
World Party - Ship of Fools
Police - Invisible Sun
Janis Ian - At Seventeen
Tears For Fears - Mad World
Bob Dylan - Everything Is Broken
Jethro Tull - Farm On The Freeway
Moody Blues - Question
Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin
Crosby, Stills & Nash - Wasted On The Way
R.E.M. - Radio Song
Beatles - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Animals - It's My Life
Supremes - Love Child
Scott McKenzie - San Francisco
Crosby, Stills & Nash - Teach Your Children
Chicago - Harry Truman
Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down
Ten Years After - I'd Love To Change The World
Billy Joel - Only The Good Die Young
Crosby, Stills & Nash - Ohio
USA For Africa - We Are The World
Dire Straits - One World
Cat Stevens - Peace Train
Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues
Steve Miller Band - Fly Like An Eagle
Beatles - In My Life
The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again
R.E.M. - World Leader Pretend
David Bowie - Fame
Billy Joel - It's Still Rock and Roll To Me
Suzanne Vega - Luka
Police - One World
Sly & The Family Stone - Everyday People
Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
Three Dog Night - Joy To The World
Moody Blues - Ride My See Saw
Simon & Garfunkel - My Little Town
Neil Young - Hey, Hey, My, My
Bob Marley - Redemption Song
Beatles - She's Leaving Home
Rush - Tom Sawyer
Pretenders - Middle of the Road
Huey Lewis & The News - Walkin' On A Thin Line
Rush - Spirit Of Radio
INXS - Devil Inside
Arlo Guthrie - City of New Orleans
U2- Bullet The Blue Sky
Depeche Mode - People Are People
INXS - Kick
Velvet Underground - Sweet Jane
R.E.M. - Stand
Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen
Stevie Wonder - Higher Ground
Depeche Mode - A Question of Lust
David Bowie - Modern Love
Elvis Costello - What's So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding
Talking Heads - Life During Wartime
Ice T - Colors
Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians - What I Am
Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star
Men At Work - It's A Mistake
Raiders - Indian Reservation
Pretenders - My City Was Gone
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band - Give Peace A Chance
The Clash - London Calling
Temple of the Dog - Hunger Strike
Jewel - Who Will Save Your Soul
Stevie Wonder - Livin' For The City
Dire Straits - Industrial Disease
INXS - Calling All Nations
Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The U.K.
Sublime - What I Got
Everlast - What It's Like
R.E.M. - Drive
Mark Knopfler - What It Is
Billy Joel - My Life
Pearl Jam - Jeremy
Nirvana - Come As You Are
Rage Against the Machine - Killing In The Name
Offspring - The Kids Aren't Alright
Bruce Springsteen - 57 Channels
XTC - Dear God
Rush - Big Money
John Mellencamp - Peaceful World
Neil Young - This Note's For You
Tracy Chapman - Bang, Bang, Bang
Joe Walsh - Space Age Whiz Kids
Paul Hardcastle - 19
Bob Dylan - Masters Of War
Ice T - I'm Your Pusher
Bruce Springsteen - Glory Days
Frozen Ghost - Should I See
Doobie Brothers - Listen To The Music
War - Why Can't We Be Friends
Julian Lennon - Saltwater
Live - 10,000 Years (Peace Is Now)
Don Henley - All She Wants To Do Is Dance
Ice T - High Rollers
Glenn Frey - Smuggler's Blues
Tori Amos - God
Electric Flag - Another Country
Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning
Stevie Wonder - You Haven't Done Nothin'
Midnight Oil - Forgotten Years
The Clash - This Is Radio Clash
Police - Bombs Away
Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
Moody Blues - Isn't Life Strange
Rage Against The Machine - Bulls On Parade
Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over
Bob Marley - Get Up, Stand Up
R.E.M. - Pop Song '89
Youngbloods - Get Together
Rage Against The Machine - Guerrilla Radio
Ned's Atomic Dustbin - Grey Cell Green
Sting - History Will Teach Us Nothing
Dead Kennedys - Holiday In Cambodia
Ringo Starr - It Don't Come Easy
Genesis - Land Of Confusion
INXS - Mediate
Metallica - One
Sting - Russians
Midnight Oil - The Power and the Passion
Mike + The Mechanics - The Living Years
Police - Spirits In The Material World
Rage Against The Machine - Testify
Pink Floyd - Us And Them
Live - White, Discussion
Timmy Thomas - Why Can't We Live Together
Crosby, Stills & Nash - Woodstock
Dead Kennedys - Kinky Sex Makes The World Go Round
Cranberries - Zombie
Natalie Merchant - Carnival
Morrissey - We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful
Toad The Wet Sprocket - Hold Her Down
Consolidated - Music Has No Meaning
Police - Walking In Your Footsteps
Ned's Atomic Dustbin - Kill Your Television
Jesus Jones - Welcome Back Victoria
XTC - Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead
4 Non Blondes - What's Up
Porno For Pyros - Pets
Sting - If I Ever Lose My Faith In You
Tori Amos - Silent All These Years
Henry Rollins - Liar
Filter - Hey Man, Nice Shot