10 Essential Pete Seeger Songs On His Birthday!

Happy birthday, Pete! 105!

As we celebrate the life and legacy of Pete Seeger on what would have been his birthday, take a minute to just reflect on the incredible impact he had on folk music and activism. Pete Seeger was more than just a musician; he was a voice for social change, using his songs to spread messages of peace, justice, and environmental stewardship.

Born on May 3, 1919, Seeger’s influence on American folk music is immeasurable. He was a masterful storyteller, weaving tales of struggle, hope, and resilience into his music. His songs became anthems for the civil rights movement, the labor movement, and the environmental movement.

From his early days with The Almanac Singers and The Weavers to his solo career, Seeger’s music resonated with people around the world. Songs like “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!” became timeless classics, reminding us of the power of music to inspire change.

Check out our list of essential and iconic Pete Seeger songs below, songs that continue to inspire us to stand up for what we believe in and work towards a better world. His music lives on, a testament to the enduring power of one person’s voice to make a difference.

What songs would you add?



“We Shall Overcome”

“Little Boxes”

“Turn Turn Turn”

“If I Had a Hammer”

“Waist Deep in the Big Muddy”

“Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”

“Which Side Are You On?”

“Kisses Sweeter Than Wine”

“John Henry”

“Goodnight Irene”

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