Although some songs were geared toward children audiences, much of the remaining music for adult audiences indicated a mix of lacking creativity with content, poetic lyrics, and interesting rhymes and rhythms. Many of these songs lacked hooks and metaphorical language that would be able to hold a listener’s attention. Many melodies were either characteristically corny or stolen from other pieces, such as “America, the Beautiful” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The language was primarily literal and uninspiring; for many of these songs, musicians were essentially preaching to the environmentalist choir instead of inspiring other audiences. Any singer, songwriter, or poet could pick up on these discrepancies and recognize why the environmental music genre is not featuring many recent Billboard hits.
That being said, there are more mainstream and swiftly up-and-coming musicians successfully incorporating environmental themes into their songs. Artists from diverse musical genres, such as Sheryl Crow, Mos Def, Jack Johnson, and the Flobots, are incorporating environmental issues into their lyrics. They are covering a wide variety of issues like water scarcity and mass consumption, according to GreenAnswers.com, an environmental online community and search engine.
Though we have moved on from the 1970’s Environmental Movement, mainstream public figures and musicians are still just as needed to take part in environmental advocacy for the issues we currently face. The environmental issues of today are subtler and have longer term consequences than during the era of funk and bell-bottoms. We need newly upgraded Joni Mitchells and John Denvers to use their musical creativity to once again inspire the masses to fight for their backyards, their environment, and the human race.