" is the third single from Michael Jackson
's album Past, Present and Future, Book I
. It is a ballad that incorporates elements of blues, gospel and opera. Jackson had a long-standing history of releasing socially conscious material such as "We Are the World
", "Man in the Mirror
" and "Heal the World
". However, "Earth Song" was the first that overtly dealt with the environment and animal welfare. The song was written and composed by Jackson; the task of production was split between Jackson, David Foster
and Bill Bottrell
. Reviews were generally favorable, but some charged that the song sounded pompous.
"Earth Song" was accompanied by a lavish music video
shot on four geographical regions. It centered around the destruction and rebirth of Earth
and went on to receive a Grammy
nomination in 1997. The song was a top five hit in most European countries. In the United Kingdom, it remains Jackson's best-selling single and was the country's 1995 Christmas number-one single
. "Earth Song" was not released as a single in the United States. Jackson went on to receive recognition from various animal and environmental organizations.
Jackson already had a long-standing history of writing charitable or socially conscious material. As an adult Jackson used his fame and wealth to promote various causes. In 1985, he co-wrote the charity single "We Are the World
" with Lionel Richie
, which... Read More