What are some songs related to sociology?My Sociology Prof asked us to find a Song that related to sociology, do you know anything? and why do you think they are related to sociology?

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Country Joe McDonald and the Fish sang "Fixin' to Die Rag" at Woodstock in 1969, a very pointed and obvious criticism of the Vietnam War at a time when music united a counterculture and motivated a war protest movement. Songs became more social statements in the late 1960s thann they were in the early rock n roll days of the 1950s. They had lyrics with a message, and in a time when traditional media excluded them, songs became their media.
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I think you can consider all songs sociological experiments. Many of them make references to what I guess you would call pop sociology. Songs that address human life, and exploring human life and culture, are sociological in nature.  I think that the Beatles song “Eleanor Rigby” falls into this category.

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I would suggest that you should not try to think of songs that are about the whole discipline of sociology.  Instead, try to think of songs that have to do with issues that would be part of sociological studies.  If you look at it that way, there are lots of songs that are about sociology because there are lots of songs about the troubles that people have because of being blue-collar or undereducated, or black or female.  All of these kinds of songs are about sociological issues.

Here are a couple of examples from a few years back.

  • Kanye West's song "All Falls Down" has a verse that goes as follows:

We buy our way out of jail, but we can't buy freedom
We'll buy a lot of clothes when we don't really need em
Things we buy to cover up what's inside
Cause they make us hate ourself and love they wealth
That's why shortys hollering "where the ballas' at?"
Drug dealer buy Jordans, crackhead buy crack
And a white man get paid off of all of that

From this, you can see that West is talking about the attitudes of black people towards material goods.  He is also talking about what to him is the fact that white people exploit blacks for money.  These are sociological issues.

  • On a more humorous note, there was a song entitled "Mr. Mom" by a group called Lonestar.  This song was about the struggles of a man who had lost his job and was trying to care for his kids while his wife worked.  It's a funny song, but it also deals with sociological issues such as gender roles.

I'm sure if you think about it this way, you can come up with many other songs related to sociological issues.

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thewanderlust878 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 3) Salutatorian

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Many song writers and bands make music about sociology, believe it or not. You don't usually think about it, but most music is based around issues that are happening in society. For example:

  • Anything by Marilyn Manson, probably the most controversial music figure ever
  • Anything by Rise Against, just the band name tells you that their music will be about issues in society
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tinababalo | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

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I would suggest that you should not try to think of songs that are about the whole discipline of sociology.  Instead, try to think of songs that have to do with issues that would be part of sociological studies.  If you look at it that way, there are lots of songs that are about sociology because there are lots of songs about the troubles that people have because of being blue-collar or undereducated, or black or female.  All of these kinds of songs are about sociological issues.

Here are a couple of examples from a few years back.

  • Kanye West's song "All Falls Down" has a verse that goes as follows:

We buy our way out of jail, but we can't buy freedom
We'll buy a lot of clothes when we don't really need em
Things we buy to cover up what's inside
Cause they make us hate ourself and love they wealth
That's why shortys hollering "where the ballas' at?"
Drug dealer buy Jordans, crackhead buy crack
And a white man get paid off of all of that

From this, you can see that West is talking about the attitudes of black people towards material goods.  He is also talking about what to him is the fact that white people exploit blacks for money.  These are sociological issues.

  • On a more humorous note, there was a song entitled "Mr. Mom" by a group called Lonestar.  This song was about the struggles of a man who had lost his job and was trying to care for his kids while his wife worked.  It's a funny song, but it also deals with sociological issues such as gender roles.

I'm sure if you think about it this way, you can come up with many other songs related to sociological issues.

Thank you, your information really helped me, tnx :)

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liv4children | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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I agree with the answer provided by pohnpei397. That is a very good direction and the songs referenced are certainly more modern than those that come to my mind.  I might additionally encourage you to look more closely at the definition of sociology.  Sociologists study all aspects of human social behavior which can include family, behavior and community; additionally,  mnthe problems associated with those areas such as divorce, child abuse or addictions.

When you think of songs relating to those sorts of things you might only need to listen to a local radio station for a bit and you'll hear something that answers your professor's question.

I've included a link to a general definition of sociology that may help clarify what you're seeking.  And also, a link to a personal favorite that relates to your query.

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