songs The Best Songs About Police  

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For this list we're ranking the best songs about the police, including many rap songs about police. Cops are the people who are supposed to keep societies safe. Yet many times musicians feel differently, and their feelings ends up in the tunes that make up this list of songs about cops. Many of these songs about police are a call to action, speaking out against the injustices perpetrated by law enforcement officers. Some beckon listeners to call the police to get protection. And some deal with the police as an unknowable force in a larger spiritual crisis. However you think of the police, you’re sure to find someone who felt the same way, and wrote a song about it that’s on this list.

If “Fuck tha Police” by N.W.A. has nothing but contempt for law enforcement, then “Mrs. Officer” by Lil Wayne has nothing but love… at least for a certain sexy policewoman. The hip-hop gamut of rappers’ emotions is run between the two tracks.

“I Fought the Law,” originally written by Sonny Curtis of the Crickets, has had many popular groups cover the track, including the Clash, Dead Kennedys and Hank Williams Jr.

Sometimes police can be used as a symbol of persecution in a more abstract sense, such as in Radiohead’s “Karma Police” and Cheap Trick’s “Dream Police.” Both tracks deal the police as a mysterious, eerie force that evokes dread. 

Which of these songs has the lockdown on your musical taste? Vote for your favorites! Please add any songs about police that you didn’t see in the lineup.

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I Shot the Sheriff Eric Clapton, Flashback!

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I Fought the Law The Clash

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I Fought the Law Hank Williams, Jr.

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Tom Islava added For What It's Worth Buffalo Springfield

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Dream Police Cheap Trick

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Karma Police Radiohead

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Police & Thieves The Clash

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99 Problems Jay-Z

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Call the Police Thin Lizzy

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I Fought the Law Dead Kennedys

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Mrs. Officer Lil Wayne, Bobby V

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smith99 added Highway Patrolman Bruce Springsteen

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Killing in the Name Rage Against the Machine

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Enola Jones added The Night Chicago Died Paper Lace

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Police on My Back The Clash

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smith99 added State Trooper Bruce Springsteen

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Know Your Rights The Clash

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Police Story Black Flag

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punksnotdead added Police Truck Dead Kennedys

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The Dream Police David Byrne

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Love Police Phil Collins

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Last Call is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Songs About Police
Flipper282 added Last Call

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Jazz Police Leonard Cohen

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I'm a Police Car - Larry Walli... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Songs About Police
punksnotdead added I'm a Police Car - Larry Wallis

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Riot Van Arctic Monkeys

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Cop 'n' Blow Rick James

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Police Me Tori Amos

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punksnotdead added Policeman Against All Authority

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L.A.P.D. The Offspring

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Polizisten - Extrabreit is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Songs About Police
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Sheriff of Hong Kong Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

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Terry Hope added Caught by the Fuzz Supergrass

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Police Story Anti‐Flag

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Police Helicopter Red Hot Chili Peppers

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punksnotdead added Polizeistaat Toxoplasma

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Fuck Police Brutality Anti‐Flag

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Police Story Ice-T

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punksnotdead added Police Shit The Exploited

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punksnotdead added Police Oppression Angelic Upstarts

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Style Police Del tha Funkee Homosapien

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Please The Hippos

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Don't Die Killer Mike