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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82 95
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

2
183 196
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

3
401 432
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

4
204 269
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Kimaru added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

5
225 303
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

6
157 225
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

7
10 10
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rori Shapiro added Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

8
27 32
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lisa Stratfull added System of a Down

9
319 420
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

10
349 466
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Reggae

11
272 385
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

12
54 77
Anti‐Flag is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

13
64 91
Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock, Positive hardcore

14
97 129
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

15
45 57
Billy Bragg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Americana, Anti-folk, Folk rock

16
41 58
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Musicians
JeffNorth added Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

17
36 51
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Coolza added Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

18
81 121
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

19
271 383
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

20
49 72
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

21
119 166
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

22
43 64
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

23
89 125
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

24
77 108
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

25
76 107
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rock music, Folk rock

26
41 63
Jello Biafra is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Industrial metal, Spoken word, Anarcho-punk

27
111 158
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

28
100 142
Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Folk music, Country

29
11 13
Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Musicians
frlevery added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

30
110 160
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

31
119 173
U2 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

32
12 21
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Musicians
fel10184371 added Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

33
47 68
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

34
60 87
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Worldbeat

35
31 51
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

36
34 49
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lisa Stratfull added Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

37
56 85
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

38
0 0
Propagandhi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Musicians
design1 added Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Heavy metal

39
0 0
Enter Shikari is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Political Musicians
DougJinks added Electronic music, Electro, Electronic dance music

40
0 0
The Redskins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Political Musicians
sXe Angel added Pop music, Rockabilly, Soul music

41
38 58
Muse is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Chetna Anand added Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

42
23 36
Crass is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Musicians
lacy442 added Noise rock, Anarcho-punk, Art rock

43
7 13
Manu Chao is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Musicians
GlennSugden added Ska, Rock music, Latin American music

44
10 24
A//Political is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Anarcho-punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

45
23 39
Jello Biafra and The Guantanam... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School of Medicine Punk rock, Hardcore punk

46
22 39
Subhumans is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Punk rock

47
2 9
insp!te is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Political Musicians
danocracch added insp!te Rap, Alt-Metal

48
31 57
Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

49
5 15
Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Political Musicians
starwarssuperfan added Country

50
15 33
Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop