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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American Idiot Green Day

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

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

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

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

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The Unknown Soldier is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Unknown Soldier The Doors

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Severine Cuveele added Won't Get Fooled Again The Who

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Revolution is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Revolution The Beatles

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

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You Don't Own Me Lesley Gore

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Just Give Me the Truth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Just Give Me the Truth John Lennon

The Greatest Political Punk Songs, Ranked

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Masters of War is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Masters of War Bob Dylan

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War Pigs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added War Pigs Black Sabbath

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Street Fightin' Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Street Fightin' Man The Rolling Stones

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Anarchy in the U.K. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Anarchy in the U.K. Sex Pistols

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War is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added War Edwin Starr

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Complete Control The Clash

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Politician is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Politician Cream

The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

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

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

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Volunteers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Volunteers Jefferson Airplane

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With God on Our Side is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added With God on Our Side Bob Dylan

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Ballad of a Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Ballad of a Thin Man Bob Dylan

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I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag Country Joe and The Fish

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Society's Child is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Society's Child Janis Ian

The Best K-pop Dancers of All Time

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Trouble Comin' Every Day is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Trouble Comin' Every Day The Mothers of Invention

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My Brain Is Hanging Upside Dow... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Songs About Politics

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

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Prison Song System of a Down

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Springtime for Hitler is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Springtime for Hitler Mel Brooks

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

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

16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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

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Dachau Blues is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Dachau Blues Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band 

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

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Student Demonstration Time is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Student Demonstration Time The Beach Boys

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Anarchy Burger is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Anarchy Burger The Vandals

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Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

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The Best Songs About Jesses

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Requiem for the Masses is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Requiem for the Masses The Association

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MontyCircus added Fight the Power Public Enemy

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No Brexit is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Hape M. Etzold added No Brexit

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Strange Fruit Billie Holiday

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

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Two Sided Politics Suicidal Tendencies

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Deer Dance System of a Down

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