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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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185 173
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bob Marley Reggae

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159 150
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

3
156 151
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

4
168 168
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Musicians
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

5
94 110
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Musicians
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

6
84 98
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
77 98
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

8
66 87
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

9
69 95
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

10
62 89
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Kendrick Lamar Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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85 123
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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4 5
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Guest_48b5dc74-8b49-4007-88dc-47ce0b7a8773 added Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

13
52 76
Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Woody Guthrie Folk music, Country

14
16 23
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Musicians
JeffNorth added Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

15
29 43
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Musicians
M.I.A. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Worldbeat

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28 42
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bad Religion Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

17
42 63
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

18
50 76
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Willie Nelson Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

19
24 37
Jello Biafra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Jello Biafra Industrial metal, Spoken word, Anarcho-punk

20
139 212
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Musicians
MartinAustin added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

21
42 65
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Dead Kennedys Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

22
32 50
Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Rise Against Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock, Positive hardcore

23
89 138
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

24
39 62
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

25
33 53
Peter Tosh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Peter Tosh Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

26
43 69
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Eddie Vedder Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

27
52 83
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Musicians
George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

28
61 98
U2 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Musicians
U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

29
46 75
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Roger Waters Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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48 79
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

31
61 100
John Lennon & Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Musicians

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28 48
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Henry Rollins Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

33
26 45
Anti‐Flag is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Anti‐Flag Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

34
31 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
22 39
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Musicians
MartinAustin added Midnight Oil Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

36
31 54
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Black Flag Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

37
16 30
Subhumans is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Subhumans Punk rock

38
34 59
Pete Seeger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Pete Seeger Folk music

39
23 42
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

40
22 41
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Political Musicians
KRS-One Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

41
21 41
Billy Bragg is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Billy Bragg Americana, Anti-folk, Folk rock

42
24 46
Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Joan Baez Americana, Pop music, Rock music

43
23 45
Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lupe Fiasco Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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15 32
Jello Biafra and The Guantanam... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School of Medicine Punk rock, Hardcore punk

45
13 29
Crass is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Musicians
lacy442 added Crass Noise rock, Anarcho-punk, Art rock

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13 29
Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Dead Prez Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

47
17 36
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Minor Threat Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

48
19 41
Country Joe and the Fish is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Country Joe and the Fish Rock music, Folk rock, Acid rock

49
9 24
The Exploited is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added The Exploited Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk

50
23 48
Muse is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music