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
115 53
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Eric Clapton, Flashback!

3
156 118
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66 37
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Hank Williams, Jr.

5
51 31
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Tom Islava added Buffalo Springfield

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57 47
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Cheap Trick

7
26 13
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Enola Jones added Paper Lace

8
50 43
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The Clash

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56 52
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Jay-Z

10
47 42
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42 38
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Dead Kennedys

12
42 41
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Lil Wayne, Bobby V

13
22 16
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smith99 added Bruce Springsteen

14
43 43
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Radiohead

15
19 15
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smith99 added Bruce Springsteen

16
40 44
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Rage Against the Machine

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26 26
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Thin Lizzy

18
22 27
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The Clash

19
26 33
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Black Flag

20
24 31
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The Clash

21
4 2
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Paul Hopper added Elvis Costello

22
19 25
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10 13
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Someoneinthedark added Michael Jackson

24
18 27
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punksnotdead added Dead Kennedys

25
15 23
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David Byrne

26
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Paul Hopper added Junior Murvin

27
2 3
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Paul Hopper added Hoosiers

28
2 3
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Paul Hopper added Kenny Rogers

29
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Paul Hopper added Charles Penrose

30
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Paul Hopper added Ottowan

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16 27
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Phil Collins

32
7 14
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Flipper282 added Dave Bray

33
9 18
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Terry Hope added Supergrass

34
13 25
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11 23
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punksnotdead added Slime

36
9 20
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Arctic Monkeys

37
11 24
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Leonard Cohen

38
7 18
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punksnotdead added Larry Wallis

39
8 21
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Rick James

40
9 24
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The Offspring

41
9 25
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punksnotdead added Against All Authority

42
5 18
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punksnotdead added Extrabreit

43
8 24
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Tori Amos

44
13 33
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45
9 26
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Anti‐Flag

46
7 24
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punksnotdead added Slime

47
8 26
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punksnotdead added Toxoplasma

48
9 30
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Ice-T

49
6 24
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Del tha Funkee Homosapien

50
6 25
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Killer Mike