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 Fought the Law The Clash

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I Shot the Sheriff Eric Clapton, Flashback!

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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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Enola Jones added The Night Chicago Died Paper Lace

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Police & Thieves The Clash

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99 Problems Jay-Z

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Karma Police Radiohead

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Mrs. Officer Lil Wayne, Bobby V

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I Fought the Law Dead Kennedys

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smith99 added Highway Patrolman Bruce Springsteen

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Call the Police Thin Lizzy

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smith99 added State Trooper Bruce Springsteen

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Killing in the Name Rage Against the Machine

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Police Story Black Flag

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Know Your Rights The Clash

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Police on My Back The Clash

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Paul Hopper added Watching the Detectives Elvis Costello

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Someoneinthedark added They Don't Care About Us Michael Jackson

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The Dream Police David Byrne

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The Long Arm Of The Law is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Songs About Police
Paul Hopper added The Long Arm Of The Law Kenny Rogers

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Cops and Robbers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Songs About Police
Paul Hopper added Cops and Robbers Hooziers

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Hands Up is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs About Police
Paul Hopper added Hands Up Ottowan

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The Laughing Policeman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Songs About Police
Paul Hopper added The Laughing Policeman Charles Pe

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Love Police Phil Collins

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Paul Hopper added Police & Thieves Junior Murvin

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punksnotdead added Police Truck Dead Kennedys

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Terry Hope added Caught by the Fuzz Supergrass

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Riot Van Arctic Monkeys

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Jazz Police Leonard Cohen

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Flipper282 added Last Call Dave Bray

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punksnotdead added I'm a Police Car Larry Wallis

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L.A.P.D. The Offspring

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Cop 'n' Blow Rick James

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Police Me Tori Amos

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punksnotdead added A.C.A.B. Slime

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punksnotdead added Policeman Against All Authority

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Police Story Anti‐Flag

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Police Story Ice-T

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Sheriff of Hong Kong Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

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punksnotdead added Polizeistaat Toxoplasma

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punksnotdead added Bullenschweine Slime

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punksnotdead added Polizisten Extrabreit

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punksnotdead added Police Shit The Exploited