politics The Best Political Musicians  

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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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Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bob Marley Reggae

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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

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

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

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+ - 75 92
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Musicians
N.W.A Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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+ - 84 107
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Musicians
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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+ - 62 82
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

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+ - 137 197
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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+ - 62 89
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Kendrick Lamar Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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+ - 25 39
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Musicians
M.I.A. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Worldbeat

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+ - 78 120
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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+ - 84 131
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Willie Nelson Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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+ - 43 70
Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Woody Guthrie Folk music, Country

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+ - 58 94
John Lennon & Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Musicians

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Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bad Religion Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

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Subhumans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Subhumans Punk rock

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+ - 43 72
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Roger Waters Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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Jello Biafra is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Jello Biafra Industrial metal, Spoken word, Anarcho-punk

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George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Musicians
George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Peter Tosh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Peter Tosh Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

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Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lauryn Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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+ - 39 67
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Eddie Vedder Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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+ - 37 64
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Dead Kennedys Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

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+ - 35 61
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

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+ - 21 39
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Midnight Oil Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

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+ - 29 52
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Black Flag Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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+ - 56 96
U2 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Musicians
U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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+ - 23 43
Anti‐Flag is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Anti‐Flag Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Henry Rollins Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

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+ - 24 46
Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Joan Baez Americana, Pop music, Rock music

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+ - 25 48
Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rise Against Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock, Positive hardcore

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Pete Seeger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Pete Seeger Folk music

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+ - 14 31
Jello Biafra and The Guantanam... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Political Musicians

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The Exploited is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Political Musicians
The Exploited Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk

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+ - 16 35
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Minor Threat Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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

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+ - 18 39
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Musicians
KRS-One Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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

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

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Country Joe and the Fish is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Country Joe and the Fish Rock music, Folk rock, Acid rock

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+ - 20 43
Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Megadeth Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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+ - 6 19
A//Political is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Musicians
A//Political Anarcho-punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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+ - 2 10
Redgum is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Redgum Rock music, Folk music

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+ - 30 61
Dixie Chicks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Dixie Chicks Country pop, Pop music, Rock music