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music 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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Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bob Marley Reggae

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164 153
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

3
164 155
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

4
172 169
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Musicians
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

5
100 111
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Musicians
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

6
89 101
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

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80 102
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

8
20 23
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Musicians
JeffNorth added Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

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67 89
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Kendrick Lamar Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

10
69 92
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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70 96
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

12
55 77
Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Woody Guthrie Folk music, Country

13
87 125
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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5 6
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Guest_48b5dc74-8b49-4007-88dc-47ce0b7a8773 added Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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46 66
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Dead Kennedys Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

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30 43
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Musicians
M.I.A. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Worldbeat

17
25 37
Jello Biafra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Jello Biafra Industrial metal, Spoken word, Anarcho-punk

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29 43
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bad Religion Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

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33 50
Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Rise Against Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock, Positive hardcore

20
35 53
Peter Tosh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Peter Tosh Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

21
42 64
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

22
91 139
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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50 77
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Willie Nelson Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

24
139 213
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Musicians
MartinAustin added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

25
63 98
U2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Musicians
U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

26
44 69
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Eddie Vedder Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

27
53 83
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Musicians
George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

28
39 62
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

29
47 75
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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49 79
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

31
36 59
Pete Seeger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Pete Seeger Folk music

32
27 45
Anti‐Flag is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Anti‐Flag Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

33
23 39
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Musicians
MartinAustin added Midnight Oil Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

34
17 30
Subhumans is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Subhumans Punk rock

35
24 41
Billy Bragg is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Billy Bragg Americana, Anti-folk, Folk rock

36
61 100
John Lennon & Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Musicians

37
28 48
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Henry Rollins Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

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31 53
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lauryn Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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26 46
Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Joan Baez Americana, Pop music, Rock music

40
31 54
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Black Flag Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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15 29
Crass is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Musicians
lacy442 added Crass Noise rock, Anarcho-punk, Art rock

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23 42
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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22 41
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Musicians
KRS-One Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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16 32
Jello Biafra and The Guantanam... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School of Medicine Punk rock, Hardcore punk

45
23 45
Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lupe Fiasco Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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13 29
Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Dead Prez Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

47
20 41
Country Joe and the Fish is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Country Joe and the Fish Rock music, Folk rock, Acid rock

48
17 36
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Minor Threat Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

49
14 32
Phil Ochs is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Phil Ochs Folk music, Folk rock, Country

50
16 36
Lee “Scratch” Perry is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lee “Scratch” Perry Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady