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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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Elvis Presley
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Johnny Cash
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The Everly Brothers, Sam Cooke
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The Pretenders
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Bob Dylan
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Thin Lizzy
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Esavi added AC/DC
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30 Days in the Hole is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs About Jail & Prison
kent787 added Humble Pie
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Johnny Cash
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kent787 added Dolly Parton
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a week in a country jail... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs About Jail & Prison
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Soundgarden
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kent787 added Creedence Clearwater Revival
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The Clash
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mama tried, merle haggar... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs About Jail & Prison
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Ol' Red is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Songs About Jail & Prison
Dude added Blake Shelton
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Tony Captain Cook added 10cc
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sing me back home, merle... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs About Jail & Prison
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He's In The Jailhouse No... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Songs About Jail & Prison
Greg Bayes added He's In The Jailhouse Now Jimmy Rodgers