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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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Matt1345 added Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bob Marley Reggae

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Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lisa Stratfull added System of a Down Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Musicians
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Coolza added Sex Pistols Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Kimaru added N.W.A Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Musicians
frlevery added Janelle Monae Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

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Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Dead Kennedys Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

The Greatest Political Punk Songs, Ranked

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System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lisa Stratfull added System of a Down

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Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Joan Baez Americana, Pop music, Rock music

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John Lennon & Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Musicians

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U2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Musicians
U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Musicians
M.I.A. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Worldbeat

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Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Woody Guthrie Folk music, Country

The Best Drummers of All Time

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bad Religion Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

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Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lauryn Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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Anti‐Flag is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Anti‐Flag Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

The Best Songs About Presidents

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Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Roger Waters Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Musicians
1511886350313 added Living Colour Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

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The Clash is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Musicians
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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insp!te is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Musicians
danocracch added insp!te Rap, Alt-Metal

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Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Rise Against Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock, Positive hardcore

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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Willie Nelson Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

Catchiest Viral Internet Songs of All Time

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Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Musicians
JeffNorth added Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

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George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Musicians
George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Eddie Vedder Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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

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

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Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Midnight Oil Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

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Billy Bragg is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Billy Bragg Americana, Anti-folk, Folk rock

Politicians Who Were Busted Using A Song Without The Artists' Permission

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

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Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Musicians
starwarssuperfan added Toby Keith Country

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Phil Ochs is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Phil Ochs Folk music, Folk rock, Country

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

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Fugees is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Fugees Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Reggae

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Muse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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Peter Tosh is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Peter Tosh Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady