Marvin Gaye: Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)

Marvin Gaye on Earth Day, a mix of yacht disco hits, DJ Tim Sweeney's #PrivateJam and more in our week of music

The world celebrated Earth Day this week and, to mark the environmentally minded holiday, we put on Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology),” a chart-topper from his 1971 album What’s Going On. The heartfelt single—released just a year after the first-ever Earth Day in the US—channels the concern shared by the peace activists of that generation. Over 40 years later, we are still arguing for better care of our planet, but we can thank landmark artists like Gaye for igniting an international interest in correcting humans’ harmful wrongdoings.