Songs The Best Songs About Politics  

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If much of music is devoted to protesting things, then songs about politics are frequently protesting politicians and the often questionable choices they make in the name of the greater good. The tracks on this list of political songs usually reference a larger social movement, rather than a specific political or political realm, although some of these tracks are quite specific in the issue they are addressing. Ironically, many times political protest songs are usurped by political candidates when they run for office, garnering support by using a song that stands in stark contrast to the views they are running on. Look through this list and see which tracks would get your vote.

It’s hard to talk about political songs without talking about Bob Dylan. Very early in his career Dylan penned two of the most famous politically charged songs, with “The Times They Are A-Changin’” and “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

Green Day revived their career by writing an album protesting George W. Bush’s Iraq War, called American Idiot. The title track became an early 21st century anthem for the disillusioned.

“Born in the U.S.A.” is a song protesting the Vietnam War by Bruce Springsteen. Ronald Reagan initially praised the song, thinking it was nationalistic, but its true meaning was later explained to him.    

Which of these tracks would get your vote? Perform your civic and musical duty by voting your favorites to the top of the list. Please help your favorite songs about politics that aren't on the list secure the nomination by adding them.

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Green Day

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28 9
What's Goin' On is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Marvin Gaye

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26 8
Won't Get Fooled Again is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Who

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23 9
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19 6
For What It's Worth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Esavi added Buffalo Springfield

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16 4
Give Peace a Chance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Plastic Ono Band

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20 8
Revolution is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Beatles

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14 4
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Lesley Gore

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12 3
The Unknown Soldier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Doors

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13 4
The Revolution Will Not Be Tel... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Gil Scott-Herron

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15 6
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Severine Cuveele added The Who

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10 3
War is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Edwin Starr

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13 6
War Pigs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Black Sabbath

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9 3
Street Fightin' Man is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Rolling Stones

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9 3
Just Give Me the Truth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added John Lennon

18
10 4
Masters of War is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Bob Dylan

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8 3
Anarchy in the U.K. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Sex Pistols

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10 5
Politician is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Cream

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The Clash

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9 5
Give Ireland Back to the Irish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Paul McCartney

23
8 4
Four Dead in Ohio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

24
7 3
I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Country Joe and The Fish

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7 3
Volunteers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Jefferson Airplane

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12 9
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System of a Down

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7 4
With God on Our Side is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Bob Dylan

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6 3
Ballad of a Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Bob Dylan

29
5 2
Society's Child is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Janis Ian

30
5 2
Trouble Comin' Every Day is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Mothers of Invention

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5 2
Candidate is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added David Bowie

32
5 2
My Brain Is Hanging Upside Dow... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Songs About Politics

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14 12
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Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

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5 3
Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Byrds

35
5 3
The Great Mandela is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Peter, Paul, and Mary

36
5 3
The Last Great American Whale is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Lou Reed

37
5 3
Springtime for Hitler is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Mel Brooks

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4 2
It Can't Happen Here is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Mothers of Invention

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4 2
Anarchy Burger is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Vandals

40
4 2
Dachau Blues is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band 

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4 2
Student Demonstration Time is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Beach Boys

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12 11
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9 8
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Billie Holiday

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5 4
Requiem for the Masses is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Association

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MontyCircus added Public Enemy

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1 0
No Brexit is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Hape M. Etzold added

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4 4
He's Evil is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Kinks

48
3 3
Wake Up N*ggers! is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Last Poets

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6 7
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Suicidal Tendencies

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4 5
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