music The Best Songs About Immigration  

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The great part about music is that you can write a song about anything, but for this list we're ranking the best songs about immigration. Do you have a favorite immigrant song? Whether it's rock, rap, country, or anything in between, we want you to vote up your favorites on this list of songs about immigration. You can even add additional tracks to the poll if any good immigration songs are missing, so feel free to contribute to the list. We've included YouTube videos to accompany the songs when available, so think of this page as an immigration songs playlist.

Some of the songs below include "Immigration Man" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and "Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin. Some of these songs are about immigrants coming to the United States from Europe like "Ellis Island" by Mary Black. Other songs, like Bruce Springsteen's "Matamoros Banks" are about the struggles of people crossing the Mexican border.

 A song can qualify to be on this in two ways. First, the song has immigration in the title or lyrics, or some close variation of that word. Second, the song is conceptually about immigrants, even if it doesn't specifically mention that word.
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Immigrant Song Led Zeppelin

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Paper Planes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Songs About Immigration
Paper Planes M.I.A.

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Immigration Man Crosby^! Stills^! Nash & Young, Crosby & Nash

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America Neil Diamond

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Migra Santana

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Prayer of the Refugee Rise Against

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Clandestino Manu Chao

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Illegal Alien Genesis

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Icky Thump The White Stripes

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Ivette Michelle López Vergara added Frijolero Molotov

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Todos Somos Arizona is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs About Immigration
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American Oxygen Rihanna

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Americano Lady Gaga

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Matamoros Banks Bruce Springsteen

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Ellis Island Mary Black

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Papers Please is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs About Immigration
TerenceKumpf added Papers Please

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The Pogues, Thousands Are Sail... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs About Immigration

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Immigration Blues Chris Rea