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

2
222 224
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
202 218
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

4
205 236
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Musicians
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

5
126 161
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Kimaru added N.W.A Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

6
134 175
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Musicians
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

7
117 156
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Kendrick Lamar Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

8
194 263
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

9
3 1
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lisa Stratfull added System of a Down Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

10
4 3
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lisa Stratfull added System of a Down

11
75 107
Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Woody Guthrie Folk music, Country

12
47 67
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lauryn Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

13
67 98
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Musicians
George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

14
109 160
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

The Greatest Political Punk Songs, Ranked

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43 64
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bad Religion Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

16
61 91
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

17
94 141
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

18
63 96
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Roger Waters Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

19
15 24
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

20
51 79
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

21
88 135
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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87 135
U2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Musicians
U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

23
62 97
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Willie Nelson Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

24
29 47
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Musicians
JeffNorth added Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

25
93 145
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

26
113 176
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

27
34 55
Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Joan Baez Americana, Pop music, Rock music

28
30 49
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Midnight Oil Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

The Best Songs About Presidents

29
65 103
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Dead Kennedys Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

30
44 71
Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Rise Against Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock, Positive hardcore

31
58 93
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

32
52 84
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Eddie Vedder Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

33
39 64
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
42 69
Pete Seeger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Pete Seeger Folk music

35
25 43
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Minor Threat Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

Incredibly Famous Bands Playing Shows You Would Never Imagine They Would

36
70 114
John Lennon & Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Musicians

37
1 6
Manu Chao is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Musicians
GlennSugden added Manu Chao Ska, Rock music, Latin American music

38
29 50
Billy Bragg is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Billy Bragg Americana, Anti-folk, Folk rock

39
43 72
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Political Musicians
M.I.A. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Worldbeat

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6 14
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Coolza added Sex Pistols Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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39 66
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Henry Rollins Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

42
31 54
Fugees is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Fugees Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Reggae

Taylor Swift And Ivanka Trump Share A Lot More In Common Than You Think

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36 62
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Black Flag Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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29 51
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
18 34
Phil Ochs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Phil Ochs Folk music, Folk rock, Country

46
18 34
MC5 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Musicians
MC5 Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

47
38 66
Peter Tosh is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Peter Tosh Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

48
4 12
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Musicians
1511886350313 added Living Colour Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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31 55
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

50
19 36
Subhumans is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Subhumans Punk rock