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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What's Goin' On is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Marvin Gaye

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51 21
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32 14
Won't Get Fooled Again is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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The Who

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21 7
Give Peace a Chance is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Plastic Ono Band

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21 9
For What It's Worth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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24 12
Revolution is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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The Beatles

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16 6
The Unknown Soldier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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The Doors

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Lesley Gore

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13 4
Anarchy in the U.K. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Sex Pistols

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15 6
The Revolution Will Not Be Tel... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Gil Scott-Herron

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16 7
War Pigs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Black Sabbath

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12 4
Masters of War is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Bob Dylan

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12 4
Street Fightin' Man is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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The Rolling Stones

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14 6
Give Ireland Back to the Irish is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Paul McCartney

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14 6
Politician is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Cream

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17 9
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Severine Cuveele added The Who

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11 4
War is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Edwin Starr

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12 5
Four Dead in Ohio is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

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9 3
Volunteers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Jefferson Airplane

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9 4
Just Give Me the Truth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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John Lennon

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Ken Warfield added Creedence Clearwater Revival

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8 3
Candidate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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