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The Best Songs About Politics 

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Updated June 3, 2020 4.2k votes 613 voters 22.9k views 98 items

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

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Revolution is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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The Beatles

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Four Dead in Ohio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

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Ken Warfield added Barry McGuire
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Give Peace a Chance is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Plastic Ono Band

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For What It's Worth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Esavi added Buffalo Springfield
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Ken Warfield added U2
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America is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
MusicOfTheForest added America Simon & Garfunkel
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David Shack added Eric Burdon & the Animals
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Lay Down (Candles in the... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Ken Warfield added Leonard Cohen
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Prayer for America is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
MusicOfTheForest added Prayer for America Catman Cohen
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Ken Warfield added Leonard Cohen
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War is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Edwin Starr

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One Tin Soldier is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Coven

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Severine Cuveele added The Who
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Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
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Volunteers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Jefferson Airplane

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Street Fightin' Man is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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The Rolling Stones

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Green Day
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The Unknown Soldier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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The Doors

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I Feel Like I'm Fixin' t... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Country Joe and The Fish