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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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198 179
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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2
217 203
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bob Marley Reggae

3
178 178
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

4
182 190
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Musicians
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

5
104 121
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
110 132
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Musicians
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

7
83 113
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
35 49
Anti‐Flag is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Anti‐Flag Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

9
85 122
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

10
77 112
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

11
36 53
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Henry Rollins Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

12
54 80
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Dead Kennedys Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

13
80 119
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

14
51 76
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

15
1 2
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Coolza added Sex Pistols Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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16
39 59
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Musicians
M.I.A. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Worldbeat

17
31 48
Jello Biafra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Jello Biafra Industrial metal, Spoken word, Anarcho-punk

18
29 45
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

19
155 236
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

20
92 142
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

21
103 159
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

22
40 63
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
0 2
Manu Chao is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Musicians
GlennSugden added Manu Chao Ska, Rock music, Latin American music

24
49 77
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Eddie Vedder Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

25
56 88
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Willie Nelson Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

26
26 42
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Musicians
JeffNorth added Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

27
37 59
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lauryn Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

28
61 96
Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Woody Guthrie Folk music, Country

29
32 52
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bad Religion Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

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30
22 37
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Minor Threat Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

31
9 17
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

32
34 56
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Black Flag Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

33
73 117
U2 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Musicians
U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

34
56 91
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Musicians
George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

35
54 88
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Roger Waters Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

36
26 45
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Musicians
KRS-One Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

37
64 105
John Lennon & Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Musicians

38
37 63
Peter Tosh is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Peter Tosh Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

39
18 33
Subhumans is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Subhumans Punk rock

40
52 87
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

41
29 51
Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Joan Baez Americana, Pop music, Rock music

42
39 67
Pete Seeger is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Pete Seeger Folk music

43
42 72
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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44
26 47
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

45
16 31
Crass is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Musicians
lacy442 added Crass Noise rock, Anarcho-punk, Art rock

46
27 49
Billy Bragg is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Billy Bragg Americana, Anti-folk, Folk rock

47
17 33
Phil Ochs is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Phil Ochs Folk music, Folk rock, Country

48
25 46
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Midnight Oil Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

49
21 40
Lead Belly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lead Belly

50
3 11
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Political Musicians
1511886350313 added Living Colour Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia