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Earth Day: 15 Pro-Environment Songs

From the Beach Boys to will.i.am and Celine Dion, here’s an unusual selection of Earth Day tunes dedicated to Mother Nature

The 15 Corniest Pro-Environment Songs

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Faced with the deteriorating condition of our planet, people react in various ways. Some donate to charity, some sift trash along the highway. A select few pen well-meaning – but cheesy – songs. From the Beach Boys to will.i.am and Celine Dion, here are 15 odes to Mama Earth.

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Yes, ‘Don’t Kill The Whale’

Once upon the 1970s, the Save the Whales movement was a massive, unavoidable mainstream cause. British prog-rockers Yes capitalized on it with 1978’s Tormato, which includes a languid, disco-inflected rant against those who are “killing our last heaven beast.” Their lyrics are uniformly and hilariously overwrought, but the finest couplet has to be, “In the wake of our new age to stand for the frail/Don’t kill the whale.” In a time when Brit punk was at its ferocious apex, Yes’s tinny keys and imploding imagery was decidedly… not punk.

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