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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76 74
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

2
399 408
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

3
175 187
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

4
192 261
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
217 297
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
150 219
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

7
6 6
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rori Shapiro added Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

8
21 28
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lisa Stratfull added System of a Down

9
335 464
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Reggae

10
264 384
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

11
60 88
Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock, Positive hardcore

12
94 129
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

13
297 419
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

14
33 48
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Coolza added Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

15
51 77
Anti‐Flag is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

16
79 121
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

17
47 71
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

18
41 56
Billy Bragg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Americana, Anti-folk, Folk rock

19
38 58
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Musicians
JeffNorth added Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

20
40 62
Jello Biafra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Industrial metal, Spoken word, Anarcho-punk

21
12 20
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Musicians
1511886350313 added Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

22
262 383
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

23
47 67
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

24
74 107
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

25
113 165
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

26
86 125
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

27
97 142
Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Folk music, Country

28
73 107
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rock music, Folk rock

29
59 86
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Worldbeat

30
107 158
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

31
31 50
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

32
39 63
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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
107 160
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

35
115 172
U2 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

36
56 84
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

37
32 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
23 36
Crass is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Musicians
lacy442 added Noise rock, Anarcho-punk, Art rock

39
36 58
Muse is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Chetna Anand added Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

40
10 24
A//Political is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Anarcho-punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

41
23 39
Jello Biafra and The Guantanam... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School of Medicine Punk rock, Hardcore punk

42
22 39
Subhumans is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Punk rock

43
5 13
Manu Chao is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Musicians
GlennSugden added Ska, Rock music, Latin American music

44
2 9
insp!te is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Political Musicians
danocracch added insp!te Rap, Alt-Metal

45
30 57
Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

46
5 15
Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Musicians
starwarssuperfan added Country

47
14 33
Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

48
33 63
Sting is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

49
25 52
Wyclef Jean is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Hip hop music, Dancehall, Folk music

50
13 31
The Exploited is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk