Songs The Best Rebel Songs  

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As a rule, music has always been about youthful subversion of authority. So it's no surprise that the best rebel songs of the past few decades are anthems of teenage rebellion. From the sweet-natured girl group The Shangri-Las, to culture-shaping rappers Public Enemy, we've listed the best songs about standing up to authority below. 

While rock, hip-hop, and punk are genres dedicated to the act of rebellion as a whole, there are a few stand-out rebel songs that everyone can identify with. The Who's "Teenage Wasteland" is a call to teens everywhere to stick it to the man, while Mick Ronson's opening licks of David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" speak to the anti-authoritarian in all of us.

Vote up your favorite rebel songs, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section! 
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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

3
16 5
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The Clash

4
18 7
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David Bowie

5
13 3
My Generation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rebel Songs
punksnotdead added The Who

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Twisted Sister

7
14 6
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Billy Idol

8
8 2
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Tom Islava added Alice Cooper

9
12 7
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Green Day

10
12 8
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The Shangri-Las

11
11 7
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Ozzy Osbourne

12
10 6
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Eagles

13
10 7
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14
4 1
Bored Teenagers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rebel Songs
punksnotdead added The Adverts

15
7 5
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The Crystals

16
7 5
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17
6 4
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The Clash

18
4 2
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Bikini Kill

19
10 9
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Public Enemy

20
6 5
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Tom Petty

21
5 4
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22
4 3
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Bob Marley

23
4 3
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Tom Islava added Pink Floyd

24
3 2
Young, Loud & Snotty is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rebel Songs
punksnotdead added The Dead Boys

25
3 2
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Jimmy Cliff

26
3 2
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Gov't Mule

27
3 2
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Jimmy Cliff

28
2 1
No Time to Be 21 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rebel Songs
punksnotdead added The Adverts

29
2 1
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punksnotdead added Sham 69

30
7 7
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Rod Stewart

31
6 6
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32
3 3
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Kim Wilde, Menudo, Charlotte Hatherley

33
3 3
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My Morning Jacket

34
7 8
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John Mellencamp

35
4 5
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Judas Priest

36
4 5
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Tom Islava added Michael Jackson

37
3 4
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Insane Clown Posse

38
3 4
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Tom Islava added N.W.A

39
1 2
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Dick Dale

40
1 2
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punksnotdead added Angelic Upstarts

41
1 2
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Geto Boys

42
3 5
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Donna Summer

43
4 7
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Christina Millian

44
3 6
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Kid Rock

45
2 5
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Snoop Dogg

46
1 4
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Martina McBride

47
1 4
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Bonnie Tyler

48
1 4
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Survivor

49
1 4
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Danzig

50
0 3
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