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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The Clash

2
113 49
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Eric Clapton, Flashback!

3
65 36
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Hank Williams, Jr.

4
143 112
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49 31
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Tom Islava added Buffalo Springfield

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57 46
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Cheap Trick

7
26 12
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Enola Jones added Paper Lace

8
56 51
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Jay-Z

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49 43
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The Clash

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44 40
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43 41
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Radiohead

12
40 38
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Dead Kennedys

13
22 16
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smith99 added Bruce Springsteen

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40 40
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Lil Wayne, Bobby V

15
19 15
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smith99 added Bruce Springsteen

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26 25
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Thin Lizzy

17
37 43
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Rage Against the Machine

18
25 32
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Black Flag

19
23 31
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The Clash

20
20 27
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The Clash

21
18 25
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2 1
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Paul Hopper added Kenny Rogers

23
9 12
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Someoneinthedark added Michael Jackson

24
2 2
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Paul Hopper added Elvis Costello

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2 2
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Paul Hopper added Hoosiers

26
14 23
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David Byrne

27
17 27
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punksnotdead added Dead Kennedys

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Paul Hopper added Charles Penrose

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1 2
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Paul Hopper added Ottowan

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16 27
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Phil Collins

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Paul Hopper added Junior Murvin

32
9 18
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Terry Hope added Supergrass

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13 25
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6 14
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Flipper282 added Dave Bray

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9 20
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Arctic Monkeys

36
11 24
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Leonard Cohen

37
8 21
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Rick James

38
6 18
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punksnotdead added Larry Wallis

39
9 24
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The Offspring

40
8 23
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punksnotdead added Slime

41
8 24
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Tori Amos

42
12 32
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8 25
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punksnotdead added Against All Authority

44
8 26
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Anti‐Flag

45
9 29
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Ice-T

46
7 26
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punksnotdead added Toxoplasma

47
4 18
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punksnotdead added Extrabreit

48
6 24
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punksnotdead added Slime

49
6 24
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Killer Mike

50
5 22
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Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band