There is so much to be said about the importance of this song in music and as a cultural landmark. The message of the song is just as potent and hard hitting today as when it was released. With the current political climate in the United States and over the world, it is important to spread a message of love. At the time there were many protest songs that painted America as a bleak, disillusioned dystopia, and what makes this song so different and so important is that it chooses instead to show the good in humanity, leading by example. The instrumentals are similarly beautiful, mournful and very fitting to the message of quiet reflection and hope. The effect this song, and album had on the civil rights movement and on bringing new awareness to violence and brutality against the black community in incredible, and it is for this reason that ‘What’s Going On’ by Marvin Gaye is the song of the day. Remember to spread love in these difficult times.