1. “Blackbird” by The Beatles (1968)
From one of the most hauntingly tranquil and uncomplicated Beatles ballads, to the tune every frat boy claims to know on guitar just to pick up girls, you know this song by heart. But don’t let the chirping bird sampled on the heavily symbolic track mislead you. It’s actually about humans.
Paul McCartney wrote the song while the Beatles were on their meditation retreat in India in 1968. While he has given different explanations over time, the one he most commonly mentions is that he was actually referring to the Black Power movement in the United States, seeing people of color rise up and speak out. Remember, ‘bird’ means ‘woman’ in English slang.