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If much of music is devoted to protesting things, then songs about politics are frequently protesting politicians and the often questionable choices they make in the name of the greater good. The tracks on this list of political songs usually reference a larger social movement, rather than a specific political or political realm, although some of these tracks are quite specific in the issue they are addressing. Ironically, many times political protest songs are usurped by political candidates when they run for office, garnering support by using a song that stands in stark contrast to the views they are running on. Look through this list and see which tracks would get your vote.

 

It’s hard to talk about political songs without talking about Bob Dylan. Very early in his career Dylan penned two of the most famous politically charged songs, with “The Times They Are A-Changin’” and “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

 

Green Day revived their career by writing an album protesting George W. Bush’s Iraq War, called American Idiot. The title track became an early 21st century anthem for the disillusioned.

 

“Born in the U.S.A.” is a song protesting the Vietnam War by Bruce Springsteen. Ronald Reagan initially praised the song, thinking it was nationalistic, but its true meaning was later explained to him.    

Which of these tracks would get your vote? Perform your civic and musical duty by voting your favorites to the top of the list. Please help your favorite songs about politics that aren't on the list secure the nomination by adding them.

 

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For What It's Worth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
For What It's Worth Buffalo Springfield

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What's Goin' On is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
What's Goin' On Marvin Gaye

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Give Peace a Chance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Give Peace a Chance Plastic Ono Band

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War Pigs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
War Pigs Black Sabbath

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Won't Get Fooled Again is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Songs About Politics

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American Idiot Green Day

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Revolution is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Revolution The Beatles

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Anarchy in the U.K. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Anarchy in the U.K. Sex Pistols

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Street Fightin' Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Street Fightin' Man The Rolling Stones

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The Unknown Soldier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs About Politics

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What's Goin' On is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
What's Goin' On Marvin Gaye - Marvin Gaye

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Masters of War is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Masters of War Bob Dylan

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Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

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Complete Control The Clash

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You Don't Own Me Lesley Gore

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The Revolution Will Not Be Tel... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs About Politics

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Volunteers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Volunteers Jefferson Airplane

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Politician is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Politician Cream

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Four Dead in Ohio is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Four Dead in Ohio Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

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Candidate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Candidate David Bowie

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My Brain Is Hanging Upside Dow... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Songs About Politics

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War is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
War Edwin Starr

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Just Give Me the Truth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Songs About Politics

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Prison Song System of a Down

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Two Sided Politics Suicidal Tendencies

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Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Songs About Politics

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Give Ireland Back to the Irish is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Songs About Politics

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I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag Country Joe and The Fish

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Springtime for Hitler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Songs About Politics

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Back in the U.S.S.R. The Beatles

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Strange Fruit Billie Holiday

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With God on Our Side is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Songs About Politics

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It Can't Happen Here is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
It Can't Happen Here The Mothers of Invention

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Student Demonstration Time is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Songs About Politics

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Anarchy Burger is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Anarchy Burger The Vandals

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Society's Child is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Society's Child Janis Ian

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Requiem for the Masses is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Requiem for the Masses The Association

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The Last Great American Whale is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Songs About Politics

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The Great Mandela is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
The Great Mandela Peter, Paul, and Mary

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Trouble Comin' Every Day is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Trouble Comin' Every Day The Mothers of Invention

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Ballad of a Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Songs About Politics

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He's Evil is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
He's Evil The Kinks

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Dachau Blues is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Dachau Blues Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band 

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We Shall Overcome - Pete Seege... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Songs About Politics