politics The Greatest Political Punk Songs, Ranked  

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Punk music and politics seem to go hand in hand. Many punk bands have written a slew of political songs, featuring snarling lyrics that rage against political leaders, world events, and suspect ideologies. These punk songs about politics are powerful diatribes about everything from government corruption to consumerism, class struggles to racism.  

Several decades are represented on this list of punk songs about political happenings. Punk icons The Clash, Sex Pistols, Black Flag, and the Dead Kennedys all have iconic punk politics songs featured here. From Sex Pistols’ powerful anthem “God Save the Queen” to the blistering, damning “California Uber Alles” by Dead Kennedys, these are songs that offer a blunt critique and snapshot of the times. If you're looking for newer hits, Green Day's "American Idiot" makes an appearance as well.

Which political punk songs move you the most? Which ones deserve top spots on a playlist? Watch the videos, think about the messages, and then vote for your favorites.

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God Save the Queen Sex Pistols

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23 4
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Holiday in Cambodia Dead Kennedys

3
24 9
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Anarchy in the U.K. Sex Pistols

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18 4
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California Uber Alles Dead Kennedys

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12 2
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Straight To Hell The Clash

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15 6
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Complete Control The Clash

7
12 5
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The Press Corpse Anti-Flag

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8 2
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9 4
Killing in the Name is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Political Punk Songs, Ranked
Jacobo added Killing in the Name Rage Against the Machine

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7 2
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Merchandise Fugazi

12
10 5
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10 5
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12 8
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Prayer of the Refugee Rise Against

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10 6
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White Minority Black Flag

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9 5
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Bullet The Misfits

17
8 4
Bulls on Parade is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Political Punk Songs, Ranked
Jacobo added Bulls on Parade Rage Against the Machine

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American Idiot Green Day

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7 4
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World War III Bad Religion

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6 3
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Apathy Subhumans

21
8 6
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5 3
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Race Riot D.O.A.

23
5 4
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Human Error Subhumans

24
6 6
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Right Wing Pigeons The Dead Milkmen

25
6 6
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5 5
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I Shot the Devil Suicidal Tendencies

27
5 5
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28
4 4
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Punk Songs About Suicide, Ranked

29
3 3
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30
6 7
Bombtrack is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Political Punk Songs, Ranked
Jacobo added Bombtrack Rage Against the Machine

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6 7
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4 5
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God Save the USA Pennywise

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2 3
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Fading American Dream Street Dogs

34
2 3
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Audience of One Rise Against

35
4 6
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Punk Prayer Pussy Riot

36
2 4
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Take Back the Power The Interrupters

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2 6
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2 6
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Kill the President The Offspring

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1 5
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4 11
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Holiday Green Day

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