Songs The Best Songs About Racism  

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List Rules Songs with "racism" in the title are fair game, but this list focuses mainly on songs about racism as a subject.

This is a ranked list of all songs about racism, as voted on by music fans like you. America has gone through its share of problems, including the slavery and unfair treatment of black Americans. Lots of music has been written about the subject, including songs like "Blackbird" by The Beatles and "Buffalo Solider" by the great Bob Marley. Some of the songs included below may have the words "racist" or "discrimination" in the lyrics or title, while others are only about racism as a subject or theme.

Music isn't typically categorized by the meaning of the words, so this music list is a great way to find some solid tracks that are thematically similar. Vote for the racism songs that you enjoy the most, and downvote ones if you think they're not worthy of being high on the list. If one of your top songs is missing, add it to the list so others can vote for it too. Many genres of music are featured below, including rock, pop, folk, metal, and more.

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Tom Islava added They Don't Care About Us Michael Jackson

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Mollevangsvagen added Black Messiah The Kinks

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punksnotdead added Guilty of Being White Minor Threat

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One in a Million Guns N' Roses

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Mollevangsvagen added Little Sir Hugh Steeleye Span

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Mollevangsvagen added The National Front Disco Morrissey

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Mollevangsvagen added Ode To A Dying People Saga

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Mollevangsvagen added Bengali in Platforms Morrissey

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Tom Islava added Black or White Michael Jackson

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Tom Islava added Redemption Song Bob Marley & The Wailers, Bob Marley

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Tom Islava added Fuck Tha Police N.W.A

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Tom Islava added The Death of Emmett Till Bob Dylan

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Tom Islava added Who Killed Davey Moore? Bob Dylan

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NoellaRose added Long Way to Go Gwen Stefani, André 3000

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Strange Fruit Billie Holiday

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Sweet Home Alabama is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs About Racism
SeanAmbrose added Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd - I've been amazed that this song isn't seen as racist. It was written in response to Neil Young's Southern man and the lyrics plainly say "A southern man don't need him around.." to point out the racism that is still ...

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NoellaRose added Sound of Da Police KRS-One

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SeanAmbrose added Southern Man Neil Young, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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Living for the City Stevie Wonder

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Blackbird The Beatles

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Black Tie White Noise David Bowie

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Trail of Tears Hal Ketchum

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Free Your Mind En Vogue

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Mr. Cab Driver Lenny Kravitz

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W.M.A. Pearl Jam

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The Royal Scam Steely Dan

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California Uber Alles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs About Racism
punksnotdead added California Uber Alles Dead Kennedys

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Black Korea Ice Cube

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punksnotdead added Nazi White Trash Leftöver Crack

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Pastime Paradise Stevie Wonder

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Brother Louie Hot Chocolate

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Your Racist Friend They Might Be Giants

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Gigantic Pixies

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The Power of Equality Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Silver 311

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Buffalo Soldier Bob Marley & The Wailers

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Prayer of the Refugee Rise Against

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edward1111100 added Border Song, Sir Elton John

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Lunatic Fringe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Songs About Racism

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Stupify Disturbed

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M. Shepard Thursday

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Dreamworld Robin Thicke

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Blackman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Songs About Racism
punksnotdead added Blackman Hazel O'Connor

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Ashes in the Fall Rage Against the Machine

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Where Is Home? Bloc Party

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About Tok tok tok

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Short People Randy Newman