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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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What's Goin' On is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added What's Goin' On Marvin Gaye

The Greatest Political Punk Songs, Ranked The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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Won't Get Fooled Again is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Won't Get Fooled Again The Who

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Give Peace a Chance is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Give Peace a Chance Plastic Ono Band

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War Pigs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added War Pigs Black Sabbath

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American Idiot Green Day

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For What It's Worth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Esavi added For What It's Worth Buffalo Springfield

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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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Street Fightin' Man is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Street Fightin' Man The Rolling Stones

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Severine Cuveele added Won't Get Fooled Again The Who

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The Unknown Soldier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Unknown Soldier The Doors

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What's Goin' On is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Mark Lanzarotta added What's Goin' On Marvin Gaye - Marvin Gaye

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

The Best K-pop Dancers of All Time The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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Anarchy in the U.K. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Anarchy in the U.K. Sex Pistols

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The Revolution Will Not Be Tel... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Revolution Will Not Be Televised Gil Scott-Herron

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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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Just Give Me the Truth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Just Give Me the Truth John Lennon

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Masters of War is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Masters of War Bob Dylan

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Prison Song System of a Down

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Complete Control The Clash

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You Don't Own Me Lesley Gore

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

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Give Ireland Back to the Irish is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Give Ireland Back to the Irish Paul McCartney

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Politician is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Politician Cream

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Four Dead in Ohio is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Four Dead in Ohio Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

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Candidate is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Candidate David Bowie

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Mark Lanzarotta added Back in the U.S.S.R. The Beatles

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My Brain Is Hanging Upside Dow... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Songs About Politics

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Strange Fruit Billie Holiday

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Two Sided Politics Suicidal Tendencies

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Requiem for the Masses is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Requiem for the Masses The Association

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I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die ... is listed (or ranked) 35 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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Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man The Byrds

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

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We Shall Overcome - Pete Seege... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Mark Lanzarotta added We Shall Overcome - Pete Seeger

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With God on Our Side is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added With God on Our Side Bob Dylan

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Society's Child is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Society's Child Janis Ian

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It Can't Happen Here is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added It Can't Happen Here The Mothers of Invention

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Severine Cuveele added Don't Worry About the Government Talking Heads

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The Last Great American Whale is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Last Great American Whale Lou Reed

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The Great Mandela is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Great Mandela Peter, Paul, and Mary

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Anarchy Burger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Anarchy Burger The Vandals

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Trouble Comin' Every Day is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Trouble Comin' Every Day The Mothers of Invention

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Ballad of a Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Ballad of a Thin Man Bob Dylan

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Student Demonstration Time is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added Student Demonstration Time The Beach Boys

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He's Evil is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
Kassie Lanzarotta added He's Evil The Kinks

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Mark Lanzarotta added We Shall Overcome Charlie Haden