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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105 153
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop
2
226 299
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
3
184 259
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock
4
199 230
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock
5
242 339
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
425 472
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music
7
49 49
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lisa Stratfull added System of a Down
8
301 394
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music
9
357 440
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop
10
384 476
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Reggae
11
52 62
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Coolza added Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock
12
21 31
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rori Shapiro added Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock
13
79 104
Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock, Positive hardcore
14
66 89
Anti‐Flag is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock
15
111 136
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk
16
49 64
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Musicians
JeffNorth added Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music
17
89 128
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock
18
295 387
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
19
140 178
U2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock
20
57 78
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal
21
130 172
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop
22
51 71
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop
23
47 70
Jello Biafra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Industrial metal, Spoken word, Anarcho-punk
24
56 73
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk
25
37 53
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk