5. Gojira – “Toxic Garbage Island”
Only a song this heavy and dark could really do justice in relating the actual toxic garbage island that exists in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Located in the middle of the north Pacific Gyre, the Great Pacific garbage patch is literally a toxic island of garbage, mostly plastic, that has built up over the last few decades. This island of trash is one of the planet’s worst ecological disasters and threatens the ecosystem of fish populations in the Pacific in a profound way. The song “Toxic Garbage Island” is a heavy, angry reminder of the plastic refuse that has accumulated in the middle of the world’s largest ocean.
4. The Simpsons – “The Garbage Man Can”
Who can? “The Garbage Man Can” proclaims Homer and others in this jam. For those who thought sanitation workers weren’t getting the respect and attention they deserve, there is this uplifting tune. It is a dirty job, but somebody has got to do it. And for those that do, Homer and the rest of Springfield commemorates you in this catchy jingle from The Simpsons TV program.
3. The Whip – “Trash”
This song is way too clean to be about actual trash, but just rocking enough to make 3rd on the list.
2. Weird Al Yankovic – “Trash Day” (Nelly Parody)
Weird Al has never been afraid of being a bit trashy, but his parody of Nelly’s “Hot In Here” titled “Trash Day” is pretty trashy, even for Weird Al. “There’s something rotten here, you better hold your nose” proclaims Al to the tune of the widely known Nelly song. It’s a song that, for better or worse, really gives you the feeling of being in a slob’s flat the day before trash day. Taken at face value, you’d think Weird Al was bragging about his messiness, but we know Weird Al is very often satirical and this song is the ultimate reminder to clean your room, tomorrow is trash day.
1 – Oscar the Grouch – “I Love Trash”
Oscar the grouch is probably the most famous (if not the only) singer-songwriter to sing almost exclusive about trash and for that reason his timeless classic “I Love Trash” is number one on this list. Oscar may be a grouch, but trash is the one of the few things he gets excited about. Yep, there’s no denying that Oscar loves trash, and there’s more than enough of it to go around. Oscar loves “Anything dirty or dusty or dingy, anything ragged or rotten or rusty” there’s no denying it, and he’s got to be the only one. For going against the grain and embracing the waste with open arms, Oscar’s “I Love Trash” is the top song ever written about trash.
Honorable Mention: The Beach Boys – “Don’t Go Near the Water”
This song isn’t about trash in the same way as the others, so we didn’t include it in the list but it is about how we’ve trashed the oceans, lakes, and streams. How fitting for The Beach Boys to take on the problems of pollution at the beach.