Politics The Best Political Musicians  

Ranker Music
13.8k votes 1.6k voters 19.5k views 105 items

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. 

1
389 389
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

2
166 160
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Midnight Oil Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

3
318 456
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bob Marley Reggae

4
284 414
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

5
196 290
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Kendrick Lamar Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

6
172 255
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Kimaru added N.W.A Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

7
37 54
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Matt1345 added Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

8
26 38
Phil Ochs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Phil Ochs Folk music, Folk rock, Country

9
72 107
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

10
72 107
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Willie Nelson Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

11
84 125
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

12
90 134
John Lennon & Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Musicians

13
130 194
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

14
256 383
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

15
95 142
Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Woody Guthrie Folk music, Country

16
85 127
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Dead Kennedys Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

17
61 91
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

18
51 76
Pete Seeger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Pete Seeger Folk music

19
49 73
Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Joan Baez Americana, Pop music, Rock music

20
253 380
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Musicians
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

21
113 170
U2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Musicians
U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

22
109 164
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

23
105 158
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

24
36 54
Billy Bragg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Billy Bragg Americana, Anti-folk, Folk rock

25
142 214
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

26
18 27
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lisa Stratfull added System of a Down

27
157 237
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Musicians
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

28
106 160
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

29
8 12
Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Musicians
frlevery added Janelle Monae Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

30
23 35
Crass is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Musicians
lacy442 added Crass Noise rock, Anarcho-punk, Art rock

31
77 117
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Musicians
George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

32
44 67
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Black Flag Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

33
1 2
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rori Shapiro added Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

34
37 57
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Musicians
JeffNorth added Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

35
56 86
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Musicians
M.I.A. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Worldbeat

36
75 115
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Roger Waters Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

37
31 48
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lisa Stratfull added System of a Down Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

38
45 70
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Henry Rollins Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

39
28 44
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Coolza added Sex Pistols Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

40
58 90
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Eddie Vedder Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

41
11 18
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Musicians
1511886350313 added Living Colour Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

42
54 84
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bad Religion Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

43
55 86
Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Rise Against Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock, Positive hardcore

44
48 76
Anti‐Flag is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Anti‐Flag Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

45
54 86
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lauryn Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

46
21 35
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

47
26 43
Lead Belly is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lead Belly

48
42 68
Peter Tosh is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Peter Tosh Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

49
38 62
Jello Biafra is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Jello Biafra Industrial metal, Spoken word, Anarcho-punk

50
30 50
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Minor Threat Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk