Top 10 Change Songs of All Time

Top 10 Change Songs of All Time

Posted on 13. Feb, 2010 by in Change In Action

What do you think the top 10 change songs of all time are?    Maybe it’s an anti-war song?  Perhaps David Bowie’s Changes?  Perhaps a spiritual?

Share your thoughts below. Your suggestions could be included in the list.  The final list comes out February 23.

Comment below. Share your suggestions below. Interact with others below.  Let’s have fun with this!

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17 Responses to “Top 10 Change Songs of All Time”

  1. Dina

    13. Feb, 2010

    I love “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson. Definitely in the Top 10 of Change Songs of All Time!

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    • Shawn Murphy

      13. Feb, 2010

      Oh, good one! Not sure I would have thought of MJ’s song. What do ya’ll think?

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  2. Ray Goldberg

    14. Feb, 2010

    What a great question, Shawn… Four songs come to mind:

    * “Changes” by Jim Croce. Strong memories of my brother’s middle school graduation, too.

    * “Ani v’Ata Nishane et Ha-olam” (Hebrew). “You and I can change the world” was originally written by Arik Einshtein, but has become a time-honored fireside group-sing. (“Ani v’Ata”, meaning You and I, is the name of NYU’s Jewish a capella group.)

    * “Lo Alecha Ha-m’lacha Ligmor” (Hebrew). A great change message: though “It’s Not Your Responsibility to Finish the Work (Task)”, you are not free to ignore it either… Each of us must do our part.

    * “It’s a New Day”, by Will I Am, celebrates the arrival of long-awaited change, in his case, the inauguration of Barack Obama. My 15-year-old reminded me of this.

    I can’t wait to see the other suggestions.

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    • Shawn Murphy

      14. Feb, 2010

      Ray, I like that you’re recommending such a diverse mix of songs. It will help create a dynamic list. Thank you!

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  3. Alejandro Reyes

    15. Feb, 2010

    NICE job by Dina! MJ is the best!!!! That’s gotta be close to #1.

    I’d say “Changes” by Tupac (radio edit)

    &

    “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke

    I can’t wait to see who makes the list. Will ping this to Twitter tomorrow.

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    • Shawn Murphy

      15. Feb, 2010

      Never saw a Tupac request coming. =) Thanks, my friend, for sharing your ideas and sharing this little project with your twitter followers. Your support is always appreciated.

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    • Dina

      15. Feb, 2010

      A Change is Gonna Come is a great one! I especially liked Adam Lambert’s version on Idol … ;-) You know I had to slip that one in, Shawn …

      I was also thinking about John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change”. Although, the overall message is waiting around for change to happen … which, I do not agree with! If you want to change to happen, you have to make it happen yourself!

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      • Shawn Murphy

        16. Feb, 2010

        I’m surprised it took you this long to recommend an Adam Lambert song or cover. Agree on the John Mayer tune. I thought about the song and came to the same conclusion: not forward thinking enough. Thank you for the recommendations, Dina. Keep ‘em coming.

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    15. Feb, 2010

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  5. Troy

    20. Feb, 2010

    She Works Hard for the Money — Donna Summer

    This is a wonderful, enduring feminist anthem, and amazing dance song. It was the first song by a Black female artist that was put into heavy rotation on MTV.

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    • Shawn Murphy

      20. Feb, 2010

      Troy, I had no idea it was the first song to go into heavy rotation on Mtv. I learned something new. I remember blasting the song when it came on MTV or the radio. Definitely a song worthy of consideration given it’s social message. Social messaging is one of the criteria for identifying the Top 10 songs.

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  6. Cherry Woodburn

    20. Feb, 2010

    Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth

    There’s something happening here
    What it is ain’t exactly clear
    There’s a man with a gun over there
    Telling me I got to beware
    I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound
    Everybody look what’s going down
    There’s battle lines being drawn
    Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
    Young people speaking their minds
    Getting so much resistance from behind
    I think it’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
    Everybody look what’s going down
    What a field-day for the heat
    A thousand people in the street
    Singing songs and carrying signs
    Mostly say, hooray for our side
    It’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
    Everybody look what’s going down
    Paranoia strikes deep
    Into your life it will creep
    It starts when you’re always afraid
    You step out of line, the man come and take you away
    We better stop, hey, what’s that sound
    Everybody look what’s going down
    Stop, hey, what’s that sound
    Everybody look what’s going down
    Stop, now, what’s that sound
    Everybody look what’s going down
    Stop, children, what’s that sound
    Everybody look what’s going down

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    • Shawn Murphy

      20. Feb, 2010

      Thank you, Cherry, for a fantastic recommendation. My list is getting more difficult to limit to just 10.

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  7. Robyn McMaster

    22. Feb, 2010

    Hi Shawn, Came to visit your blog for the first time and was inspired to share that this song moved me forward as I stepped out to take a big risk in my life journey. A friend and colleague challenged me to go back to university to earn my doctorate. I still cannot believe the response that flowed instantaneously from my lips: I can’t possibly do that because I’m not smart enough, I’m too old, and I’ll never pass the entrance exams since I’ve been out of school too long. Later I disproved these myths I held about myself unknowingly.

    I kept mulling it over. Once I made the decision, this is the song that inspired me, a woman in her late 50′s, to go back to university after earning a Master’s 30+ years earlier.

    The song is “I Have a Dream,” first made famous by ABBA. It led the way to significant change.

    “I Have A Dream”

    I have a dream, a song to sing
    To help me cope with anything
    If you see the wonder of a fairy tale
    You can take the future even if you fail
    I believe in angels
    Something good in everything I see
    I believe in angels
    When I know the time is right for me
    I’ll cross the stream – I have a dream

    I have a dream, a fantasy
    To help me through reality
    And my destination makes it worth the while
    Pushing through the darkness still another mile
    I believe in angels
    Something good in everything I see
    I believe in angels
    When I know the time is right for me
    I’ll cross the stream – I have a dream
    I’ll cross the stream – I have a dream

    I have a dream, a song to sing
    To help me cope with anything
    If you see the wonder of a fairy tale
    You can take the future even if you fail
    I believe in angels
    Something good in everything I see
    I believe in angels
    When I know the time is right for me
    I’ll cross the stream – I have a dream
    I’ll cross the stream – I have a dream

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    • Shawn Murphy

      22. Feb, 2010

      Robyn, thank you for sharing your story. There is no limit to what we can accomplish once we work through those things holding us back, even mental models that no longer serve us. You created a new mental model for yourself by completing your doctorate program. It feels deeply gratifying, I’m sure, to stand where you are and look back at what you accomplished. It is a great journey through change.

      I’m thrilled you found your way to our blog. I do hope that you come back and visit often. Check out our Change Playbook sometime.

      I look forward to ongoing conversation with you.

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  8. Derrick Strand

    12. Jul, 2010

    “A Change Would Do You Good” by Sheryl Crow. Just the intro and the chorus since the verses are not relevant.

    Edit those together and you have a great intro to a change related seminar. It’s upbeat, positive and has lots of energy. Also, it’s hard not to smile or move to the beat. I’ve used it as an intro and it really is a good “kick start”

    Makes change into a positive that you want to be a part of.

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    • Shawn Murphy

      12. Jul, 2010

      Hi Derrick, so, you like to play DJ, eh? We’ll do another edition of the Top 10 Change songs next year. We’ll have to see how Sheryl Crow does. She has another song that was considered this year, “Out of Our Heads.” Check it out.

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