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List Rules Only musicians who are notoriously outspoken about politics or are known as political musicians. Having 1 or 2 political songs doesn't make a someone a political musician (ie Macklemore or Bright Eyes)

Music, by it's nature, is inherently political. Musicians have been singing about the ills of society since the origins of folk music and some of the best musicians of all time are recognized for their populist songs that many people can related to. Whether it's political rock, folk music, or even political rap, musicians have the ability to connect with issues that are great importance to regular people. The best political musicians are among the most beloved figures in history because they aren't afraid to stand up to injustice and rankle governments or corrupt organizations.

So, who are the best political musicians? Any list of political artists has to include the likes of Rage Against the Machine, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Johnny Cash, Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Dylan. These musicians are widely recognized as some of the most important political musicians of all time. Their contributions to bettering society and helping the voiceless is what makes political musicians a vital part of both pop culture. 

Ultimately, it's up to you to decide who are the best political musicians of all time. If you notice someone who should be on this poll and isn't, feel free to add them. 
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177 169
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bob Marley Reggae

The Greatest Political Punk Songs, Ranked The Best Frontmen in Rock

2
146 145
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

3
149 149
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

4
162 166
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Musicians
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

5
80 95
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Kimaru added N.W.A Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

6
89 108
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Musicians
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

7
76 95
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

8
64 84
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

9
66 92
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

10
58 83
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Kendrick Lamar Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

11
2 2
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Guest_48b5dc74-8b49-4007-88dc-47ce0b7a8773 added Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

12
23 34
Jello Biafra is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Jello Biafra Industrial metal, Spoken word, Anarcho-punk

13
81 121
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

14
48 72
Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Woody Guthrie Folk music, Country

15
137 206
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Musicians
MartinAustin added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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88 134
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

17
24 38
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bad Religion Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

18
12 20
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Musicians
JeffNorth added Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

19
25 40
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Musicians
M.I.A. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Worldbeat

20
48 76
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Willie Nelson Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

21
38 61
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

22
32 52
Peter Tosh is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Peter Tosh Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

23
60 96
John Lennon & Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Musicians

24
38 62
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

25
39 64
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Dead Kennedys Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

26
25 43
Anti‐Flag is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Anti‐Flag Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

27
59 97
U2 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Musicians
U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

28
28 48
Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Rise Against Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock, Positive hardcore

29
16 29
Subhumans is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Subhumans Punk rock

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30
50 83
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Musicians
George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

31
47 79
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

32
40 68
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Eddie Vedder Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

33
43 73
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Roger Waters Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

34
34 59
Pete Seeger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Pete Seeger Folk music

35
30 53
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Black Flag Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

36
21 39
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Musicians
MartinAustin added Midnight Oil Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

37
28 51
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lauryn Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

38
20 39
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Musicians
KRS-One Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

39
15 31
Jello Biafra and The Guantanam... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School of Medicine Punk rock, Hardcore punk

40
24 46
Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Joan Baez Americana, Pop music, Rock music

41
25 48
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Henry Rollins Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

42
21 42
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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22 44
Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lupe Fiasco Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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13 29
Crass is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Political Musicians
lacy442 added Crass Noise rock, Anarcho-punk, Art rock

45
20 41
Billy Bragg is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Billy Bragg Americana, Anti-folk, Folk rock

46
9 23
The Exploited is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added The Exploited Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk

47
19 41
Country Joe and the Fish is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Country Joe and the Fish Rock music, Folk rock, Acid rock

48
16 36
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Minor Threat Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

49
6 19
A//Political is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added A//Political Anarcho-punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

50
20 43
Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Political Musicians
MattSchwarck added Megadeth Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music