Politics The Greatest Political Punk Songs, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite political punk songs.

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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28 6
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Dead Kennedys

2
31 11
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Sex Pistols

3
21 5
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Dead Kennedys

4
27 11
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Sex Pistols

5
13 3
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The Clash

6
16 6
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The Clash

7
10 3
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Fugazi

8
11 4
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12 5
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The Misfits

10
13 6
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12 6
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12
13 6
Killing in the Name is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Political Punk Songs, Ranked
Jacobo added Rage Against the Machine

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14 9
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13 8
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Anti-Flag

15
13 8
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Black Flag

16
22 18
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Green Day

17
10 6
Bulls on Parade is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Political Punk Songs, Ranked
Jacobo added Rage Against the Machine

18
9 5
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Suicidal Tendencies

19
8 4
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Bad Religion

20
7 3
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D.O.A.

21
6 3
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Subhumans

22
13 10
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Rise Against

23
9 7
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24
7 6
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The Dead Milkmen

25
5 4
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5 4
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Subhumans

27
4 3
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28
7 7
Bombtrack is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Political Punk Songs, Ranked
Jacobo added Rage Against the Machine

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7 7
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30
6 6
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Pennywise

31
5 6
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32
2 3
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Street Dogs

33
2 3
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Rise Against

34
6 8
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35
4 6
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Pussy Riot

36
2 4
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The Interrupters

37
2 6
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38
2 6
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The Offspring

39
1 5
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40
5 12
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Green Day

41
0 7
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