Music 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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My Generation is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rebel Songs
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Rebel Rebel David Bowie

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I Fought The Law The Clash

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Bad Reputation Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

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We're Not Gonna Take It Twisted Sister

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Rebel Yell Billy Idol

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Tom Islava added School's Out Alice Cooper

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She's a Rebel Green Day

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Leader of the Pack The Shangri-Las

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Rock 'n Roll Rebel Ozzy Osbourne

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James Dean Eagles

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Bored Teenagers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rebel Songs
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The Best Irish Rebel Music Bands

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He's a Rebel The Crystals

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Rebel Waltz The Clash

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Rebel Girl Bikini Kill

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Tom Islava added Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2 Pink Floyd

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Rebel Without a Pause Public Enemy

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Rebel Music Bob Marley

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Young, Loud & Snotty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rebel Songs
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Rebel In Me Jimmy Cliff

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Rebel Rebel Jimmy Cliff

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Rebel With a Cause Gov't Mule

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No Time to Be 21 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rebel Songs
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punksnotdead added If the Kids Are United Sham 69

The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

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Authority Song John Mellencamp

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Rebel Heart Rod Stewart

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Rebels Tom Petty

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Tom Islava added They Don't Care About Us Michael Jackson

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Kids In America Kim Wilde, Menudo, Charlotte Hatherley

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Easy Morning Rebel My Morning Jacket

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Leather Rebel Judas Priest

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Your Rebel Flag Insane Clown Posse

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Surfin' Rebel Dick Dale

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Rebel Rap Family Geto Boys

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He's a Rebel Donna Summer

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Tom Islava added Fuck Tha Police N.W.A

Famous People Named Hilary

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Rebel Christina Millian

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Rebel Soul Kid Rock

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Rebel Way Snoop Dogg

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Wild Rebel Rose Martina McBride

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Rebel Without a Clue Bonnie Tyler

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Rebel Girl Survivor

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Rebel Spirits Danzig

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Rebel (with a Cause) TLC, Jermaine Jackson