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

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32 11
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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Green Day

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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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20 8
For What It's Worth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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21 9
Revolution is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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The Beatles

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15 4
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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The Revolution Will Not Be Tel... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Gil Scott-Herron

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Lesley Gore

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War is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Edwin Starr

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11 3
Street Fightin' Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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The Rolling Stones

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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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14 6
War Pigs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Black Sabbath

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10 3
Anarchy in the U.K. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Sex Pistols

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12 5
Politician is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Cream

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Candidate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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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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11 5
Give Ireland Back to the Irish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Paul McCartney

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10 5
Four Dead in Ohio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

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9 4
Just Give Me the Truth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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John Lennon

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The Clash

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7 3
I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Country Joe and The Fish

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7 4
With God on Our Side is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Springtime for Hitler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Mel Brooks

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6 3
Ballad of a Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Bob Dylan

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5 2
Society's Child is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Janis Ian

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5 2
Trouble Comin' Every Day is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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My Brain Is Hanging Upside Dow... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Songs About Politics

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

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5 3
The Last Great American Whale is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Lou Reed

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5 3
The Great Mandela is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Peter, Paul, and Mary

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Student Demonstration Time is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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The Beach Boys

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

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

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System of a Down

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Billie Holiday

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5 4
He's Evil is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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The Kinks

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5 4
Requiem for the Masses is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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The Association

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4 3
Anarchy Burger is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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The Vandals

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4 3
Dachau Blues is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Songs About Politics
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Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band 

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Ken Warfield added Neil Young, Stray Gators

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Ken Warfield added Bruce Hornsby & The Range, Bruce Hornsby

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Ken Warfield added Pink Floyd