music The Best Songs About Jail & Prison  

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Rock stars, rappers and country musicians have all written iconic songs about jail, so why not rank them and see which one is the most popular among music fans? This is a list of the best songs about jail and prison, influenced by your votes. Some of the best prison songs are literally about spending time behind bars, while other great jail songs are about spending time in prisons of our own making.

Elvis Presley had a huge hit with his song, “Jailhouse Rock,” in the late-1950s. The song was featured on the soundtrack of the film of the same name. Johnny Cash also has a lot of good songs about jail. He recorded albums at Folsom Prison and at San Quentin. His hit “Folsom Prison Blues” made this list of the best songs about jail.

Sublime also have tons of the greatest songs about jail including “Date Rape,” “Freeway Time in L.A. County Jail” and “Jailhouse.” They also covered Toots & the Maytals' “54-46 Was My Number,” another great prison song that is on this list.

Which song about jail do you think deserves the top spot? Vote it to the top and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash

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Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley

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Chain Gang The Everly Brothers, Sam Cooke

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Back on the Chain Gang The Pretenders

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Jailbreak Thin Lizzy

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Hurricane Bob Dylan

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Starkville City Jail Johnny Cash

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Jail Guitar Doors The Clash

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Institutionalized Suicidal Tendencies

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Stay Out of Jail Motörhead

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Rusty Cage Soundgarden

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Police Story Black Flag

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Jailbreak AC/DC

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Wichita Jail The Charlie Daniels Band

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Long Time Man Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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Ol' Red is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs About Jail & Prison
Ol' Red Blake Shelton

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Prison Song System of a Down

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Der Kampf Geht Weiter - Slime is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Songs About Jail & Prison

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Junco Partner - the Clash is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Songs About Jail & Prison

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Date Rape Sublime

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Prison Bound Social Distortion

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The Prisoner Gil Scott-Heron

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54-46 Was My Number Toots & the Maytals, Jeff Beck

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Prison Song Crosby^! Stills^! Nash & Young, Graham Nash

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Locked Away Keith Richards

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Rockefeller Druglaw Blues The Felice Brothers

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Jailhouse Sublime

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County Jail Blues Eric Clapton

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Have You Been to Jail for Justice? Peter^! Paul and Mary

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Der Kampf geht weiter Ton Steine Scherben

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U-Haft Muzak Einstürzende Neubauten

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Holloway Jail The Kinks

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Prison Blues Jimmy Page

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Out of Jail Waylon Jennings

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Prison Women REO Speedwagon

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Prison and Paradise Tangerine Dream

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Teenage Jail Eagles

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Jail House Blues Ella Fitzgerald

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Prison Grove Warren Zevon

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Not Even Jail Interpol

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This Place Is a Prison The Postal Service

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Out of Jail They Might Be Giants