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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Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash

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Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley

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Chain Gang The Everly Brothers, Sam Cooke

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Back on the Chain Gang The Pretenders

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Hurricane Bob Dylan

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Jailbreak Thin Lizzy

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Rusty Cage Soundgarden

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Esavi added Jailbreak AC/DC

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Starkville City Jail Johnny Cash

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Prison Song System of a Down

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Destiny Snyder added Locked Away Keith Richards

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Jail Guitar Doors The Clash

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County Jail Blues Eric Clapton

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Out of Jail Waylon Jennings

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Wichita Jail The Charlie Daniels Band

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Institutionalized Suicidal Tendencies

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Teenage Jail Eagles

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Ol' Red is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs About Jail & Prison
Dude added Ol' Red Blake Shelton

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Prison Blues Jimmy Page

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Prison Women REO Speedwagon

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Date Rape Sublime

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Prison Grove Warren Zevon

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Prison Bound Social Distortion

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Asiaisanemokpoperweeb added You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison My Chemical Romance

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The Prisoner Gil Scott-Heron

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Holloway Jail The Kinks

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Prison Song Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

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54-46 Was My Number Toots & the Maytals, Jeff Beck

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Have You Been to Jail for Justice? Peter, Paul and Mary

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Jail House Blues Ella Fitzgerald

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Police Story Black Flag

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Stay Out of Jail Motörhead

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punksnotdead added Long Time Man Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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Tony Captain Cook added Good Morning Judge 10cc

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Jailhouse Sublime

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punksnotdead added Rockefeller Druglaw Blues The Felice Brothers

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Der Kampf Geht Weiter - Slime is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Songs About Jail & Prison
punksnotdead added Der Kampf Geht Weiter - Slime

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Tony Captain Cook added Save a Place for Me Matthew West

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punksnotdead added Der Kampf geht weiter Ton Steine Scherben

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Junco Partner - the Clash is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs About Jail & Prison
punksnotdead added Junco Partner - the Clash

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punksnotdead added U-Haft Muzak Einstürzende Neubauten

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