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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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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop
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N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Kimaru added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap
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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock
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System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lisa Stratfull added Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music
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Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop
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Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock
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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music
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Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop
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Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Reggae
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Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock, Positive hardcore
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Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk
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Anti‐Flag is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock
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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rori Shapiro added Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock
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Utah Phillips is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Musicians
smokeydymny added Folk music
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Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Coolza added Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock
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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music
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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music
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Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop
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Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Folk music, Country
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Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Musicians
JeffNorth added Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music
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Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal
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U2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock
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Billy Bragg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Americana, Anti-folk, Folk rock
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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock