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.
- Dead Kennedys