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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79 86
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

2
401 423
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

3
180 191
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

4
200 264
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
221 300
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
9 8
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rori Shapiro added Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

7
155 222
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

8
26 31
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lisa Stratfull added System of a Down

9
341 465
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Reggae

10
307 420
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

11
268 385
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

12
95 129
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

13
35 50
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Coolza added Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

14
62 91
Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock, Positive hardcore

15
52 77
Anti‐Flag is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

16
81 121
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

17
40 58
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Musicians
JeffNorth added Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

18
43 57
Billy Bragg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Americana, Anti-folk, Folk rock

19
43 64
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

20
89 125
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

21
41 63
Jello Biafra is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Industrial metal, Spoken word, Anarcho-punk

22
116 166
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

23
265 383
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

24
47 72
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

25
76 108
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

26
75 107
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rock music, Folk rock

27
98 142
Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Folk music, Country

28
12 21
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Musicians
1511886350313 added Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

29
47 68
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

30
108 158
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

31
60 87
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Worldbeat

32
109 160
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

33
10 13
Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Musicians
frlevery added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

34
116 173
U2 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

35
31 51
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

36
56 85
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

37
33 49
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lisa Stratfull added Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

38
0 0
The Redskins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Musicians
sXe Angel added Pop music, Rockabilly, Soul music

39
38 58
Muse is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Chetna Anand added Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

40
23 36
Crass is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Political Musicians
lacy442 added Noise rock, Anarcho-punk, Art rock

41
10 24
A//Political is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Anarcho-punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

42
23 39
Jello Biafra and The Guantanam... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School of Medicine Punk rock, Hardcore punk

43
6 13
Manu Chao is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Musicians
GlennSugden added Ska, Rock music, Latin American music

44
22 39
Subhumans is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Punk rock

45
2 9
insp!te is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Musicians
danocracch added insp!te Rap, Alt-Metal

46
30 57
Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

47
5 15
Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Political Musicians
starwarssuperfan added Country

48
15 33
Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

49
33 63
Sting is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

50
25 52
Wyclef Jean is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Hip hop music, Dancehall, Folk music