Prisons The Best Songs About Jail & Prison  

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Rock stars, rappers and country musicians have all written iconic songs about jail, so why not rank them and see which one is the most popular among music fans? This is a list of the best songs about jail and prison, influenced by your votes. Some of the best prison songs are literally about spending time behind bars, while other great jail songs are about spending time in prisons of our own making.

Elvis Presley had a huge hit with his song, “Jailhouse Rock,” in the late-1950s. The song was featured on the soundtrack of the film of the same name. Johnny Cash also has a lot of good songs about jail. He recorded albums at Folsom Prison and at San Quentin. His hit “Folsom Prison Blues” made this list of the best songs about jail.

Sublime also have tons of the greatest songs about jail including “Date Rape,” “Freeway Time in L.A. County Jail” and “Jailhouse.” They also covered Toots & the Maytals' “54-46 Was My Number,” another great prison song that is on this list.

Which song about jail do you think deserves the top spot? Vote it to the top and share your thoughts in the comments section.
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Johnny Cash

2
77 21
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Elvis Presley

3
67 23
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The Everly Brothers, Sam Cooke

4
41 15
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The Pretenders

5
35 12
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Bob Dylan

6
36 17
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Thin Lizzy

7
20 11
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Soundgarden

8
18 10
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Esavi added AC/DC

9
19 13
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Johnny Cash

10
26 21
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System of a Down

11
19 15
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23 20
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18 15
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The Clash

14
13 11
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12 10
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Destiny Snyder added Keith Richards

16
6 4
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Asiaisanemokpoperweeb added My Chemical Romance

17
11 10
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9 8
Ol' Red is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs About Jail & Prison
Dude added Blake Shelton

19
8 7
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The Charlie Daniels Band

20
14 14
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Sublime

21
19 20
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Suicidal Tendencies

22
10 10
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Eagles

23
10 10
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Eric Clapton

24
8 8
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Jimmy Page

25
8 8
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Waylon Jennings

26
9 10
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27
7 8
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28
7 8
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REO Speedwagon

29
7 8
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Ella Fitzgerald

30
5 6
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5 6
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Warren Zevon

32
11 13
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Social Distortion

33
10 12
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Black Flag

34
9 11
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Gil Scott-Heron

35
7 9
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

36
7 9
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The Kinks

37
7 9
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Toots & the Maytals, Jeff Beck

38
6 8
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Peter, Paul and Mary

39
9 12
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Motörhead

40
3 5
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punksnotdead added Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

41
2 4
Der Kampf Geht Weiter - Slime is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Songs About Jail & Prison
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42
2 4
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Tony Captain Cook added 10cc

43
7 10
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Sublime

44
6 9
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45
3 6
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punksnotdead added The Felice Brothers

46
0 3
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Tony Captain Cook added Matthew West

47
3 7
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punksnotdead added Ton Steine Scherben

48
2 6
Junco Partner - the Clash is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs About Jail & Prison
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49
1 5
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punksnotdead added Einstürzende Neubauten

50
1 5
Save me a mountain is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Songs About Jail & Prison
Tony Captain Cook added