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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416 448
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

2
191 214
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

3
92 123
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

4
216 283
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
234 319
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
359 470
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Reggae

7
330 432
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

8
168 241
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

9
32 39
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lisa Stratfull added System of a Down

10
72 96
Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock, Positive hardcore

11
283 390
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

12
62 83
Anti‐Flag is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

13
102 132
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

14
42 57
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Coolza added Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

15
44 60
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Musicians
JeffNorth added Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

16
280 384
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

17
11 17
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rori Shapiro added Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

18
122 169
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

19
46 61
Billy Bragg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Americana, Anti-folk, Folk rock

20
83 124
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

21
115 160
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

22
51 76
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

23
91 128
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

24
124 176
U2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

25
78 110
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rock music, Folk rock