Music

The Best Political Musicians 

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Updated June 26, 2020 18.3k votes 2.4k voters 32.1k views 79 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. 
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Rage Against the Machine... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Musicians
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Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Musicians
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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Musicians
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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Musicians
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Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Musicians
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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Musicians
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Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Musicians
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System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Musicians
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Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Musicians
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U2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Musicians
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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Musicians
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Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Musicians
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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Musicians
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Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Musicians
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N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Musicians
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Anti‐Flag is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Musicians
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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Musicians
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Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Musicians
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Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Musicians
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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Musicians
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Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Musicians
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Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Musicians
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Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Musicians
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Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Musicians
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Peter, Paul and Mary is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Musicians