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The Best Songs About Racism 

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Updated June 28, 2020 2.3k votes 520 voters 25.6k views 53 items

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 - some of which are less than sensitive -  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 Michael Jackson
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Tom Islava added Michael Jackson
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Mollevangsvagen added The Kinks
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Billie Holiday
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Guns N' Roses
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Tom Islava added N.W.A
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Tom Islava added Bob Marley & The Wailers, Bob Marley
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Stevie Wonder
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Tom Islava added Bob Dylan
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punksnotdead added Minor Threat
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Mollevangsvagen added Saga
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SeanAmbrose added Neil Young, Neil Young & Crazy Horse
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Mollevangsvagen added Morrissey
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En Vogue
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Bob Marley & The Wailers
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The Beatles
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Mollevangsvagen added Steeleye Span
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NoellaRose added Gwen Stefani, André 3000
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NoellaRose added KRS-One
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Mollevangsvagen added Morrissey
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Tom Islava added Bob Dylan
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Sweet Home Alabama is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs About Racism
SeanAmbrose added 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 going on.

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Stevie Wonder
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Hot Chocolate