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)

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

2
187 197
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

3
404 437
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

4
207 270
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
228 305
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
161 228
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

7
322 423
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

8
28 34
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lisa Stratfull added System of a Down

9
40 51
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Coolza added Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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11 13
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rori Shapiro added Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

11
353 468
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Reggae

12
276 385
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

13
55 79
Anti‐Flag is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

14
83 121
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

15
46 58
Billy Bragg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Americana, Anti-folk, Folk rock

16
98 131
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

17
51 73
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

18
64 94
Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock, Positive hardcore

19
275 383
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

20
41 59
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Musicians
JeffNorth added Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

21
120 167
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

22
90 125
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

23
77 107
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rock music, Folk rock

24
42 64
Jello Biafra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Industrial metal, Spoken word, Anarcho-punk

25
112 158
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock