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The Greatest Political Punk Songs, Ranked

Updated April 10, 2020 2.2k votes 244 voters 4.3k views54 items

List RulesVote 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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