“Angry World” by Neil Young

Neil Young’s “Angry World” seeks to explore the concepts of life and the premise that the world is primarily filled with anger and displeasure.

According to the speaker, some people look at life from the perspective of disappointment; others believe it is a never-ending struggle, while some still see the light, beauty and positivity it holds.

He further goes on to reference ideas including the thought that while some people have hope of an eternal life, others will burn in hell for misusing their freedom. The singer concludes that although the world is an angry one, in that there is frustration for both the rich business man and the poor fisherman, things will definitely be alright and work out as planned.

Writing Credits for “Angry World”

Neil Young (who is one of the most prolific songwriters of his generation) composed “Angry World”. However, he left the song’s production to be handled exclusively by Lanois Daniel.

When did Neil Young release “Angry World”

Neil officially released this (courtesy Reprise Records) in September 2010 from his “Le Noise” album.

Solo Performance

One of the remarkableness of this track is that Neil is the only one who performs on it. No other musician performs it with him. He plays the guitar all by himself and solely handles all the vocals.

Did “Angry World” win a Grammy?

Considering the relevance of this track, it was nominated for two Grammys at the 2011 Grammys. It won in one of the categories it was nominated for – the “Best Rock Song”. It should be noted that the following songs also contested for the award in question but lost.

  • The Black Keys’ “Tighten Up”
  • Muse’s “Resistance”
  • Mumford & Sons’ “Little Lion Man”
  • Kings of Leon’s “Radioactive”

Kings of Leon were the previous honorees of this award. They clinched it with their 2008 global hit single “Use Somebody“.

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