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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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196 186
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bob Marley Reggae

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2
172 162
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
169 159
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

4
174 175
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Musicians
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

5
101 117
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Musicians
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

6
91 108
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Kimaru added N.W.A Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

7
84 108
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

8
23 28
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Musicians
JeffNorth added Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

9
70 96
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Kendrick Lamar Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

10
70 98
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

11
72 103
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

12
57 82
Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Woody Guthrie Folk music, Country

13
88 131
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

14
47 72
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Dead Kennedys Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

15
2 4
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Musicians
1511886350313 added Living Colour Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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143 218
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Musicians
MartinAustin added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

17
67 103
U2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Musicians
U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

18
32 50
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Musicians
M.I.A. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Worldbeat

19
41 64
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

20
44 69
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

21
27 43
Jello Biafra is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Jello Biafra Industrial metal, Spoken word, Anarcho-punk

22
51 80
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Roger Waters Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

23
45 71
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Eddie Vedder Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

24
30 48
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Henry Rollins Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

25
35 56
Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Rise Against Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock, Positive hardcore

26
51 81
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

27
38 61
Pete Seeger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Pete Seeger Folk music

28
93 146
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

29
26 43
Billy Bragg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Billy Bragg Americana, Anti-folk, Folk rock

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24 40
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Musicians
MartinAustin added Midnight Oil Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

31
36 59
Peter Tosh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Peter Tosh Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

32
52 84
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Willie Nelson Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

33
0 3
Harry Hill is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Musicians
1511886350313 added Harry Hill

34
32 53
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lauryn Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

35
28 47
Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Joan Baez Americana, Pop music, Rock music

36
29 49
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bad Religion Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

37
27 46
Anti‐Flag is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Anti‐Flag Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

38
53 87
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Musicians
George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

39
32 54
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Black Flag Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

40
62 102
John Lennon & Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Political Musicians

41
17 31
Subhumans is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Subhumans Punk rock

42
15 29
Crass is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Musicians
lacy442 added Crass Noise rock, Anarcho-punk, Art rock

43
5 14
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Guest_48b5dc74-8b49-4007-88dc-47ce0b7a8773 added Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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22 42
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Political Musicians
KRS-One Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

45
23 44
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

46
18 36
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Minor Threat Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

47
16 33
Jello Biafra and The Guantanam... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School of Medicine Punk rock, Hardcore punk

48
15 32
Phil Ochs is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Phil Ochs Folk music, Folk rock, Country

49
22 44
Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Political Musicians
MattSchwarck added Megadeth Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

50
19 39
Lead Belly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lead Belly