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

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

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

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

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Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rori Shapiro added Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bob Marley Reggae

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Billy Bragg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Billy Bragg Americana, Anti-folk, Folk rock

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Musicians
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Musicians
George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Coolza added Sex Pistols Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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

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Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Rise Against Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock, Positive hardcore

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

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Musicians
JeffNorth added Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

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Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Musicians
1511886350313 added Living Colour Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Willie Nelson Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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U2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Musicians
U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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Anti‐Flag is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Anti‐Flag Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Black Flag Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Woody Guthrie Folk music, Country

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

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Musicians
frlevery added Janelle Monae Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

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Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Henry Rollins Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

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

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M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Musicians
M.I.A. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Worldbeat

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Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bad Religion Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

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System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lisa Stratfull added System of a Down Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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

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Crass is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Musicians
lacy442 added Crass Noise rock, Anarcho-punk, Art rock

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Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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

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Subhumans is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Subhumans Punk rock

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insp!te is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Musicians
danocracch added insp!te Rap, Alt-Metal

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Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Musicians
starwarssuperfan added Toby Keith Country

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

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Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lupe Fiasco Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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A//Political is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added A//Political Anarcho-punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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Sting is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Dead Prez Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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The Exploited is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added The Exploited Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk

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Wyclef Jean is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Wyclef Jean Hip hop music, Dancehall, Folk music

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Ton Steine Scherben is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Ton Steine Scherben German rock, Rock music, Folk rock