Songs The Best Songs About Slavery  

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Although it's a sensitive subject, we're ranking the top songs about slavery, as many powerful and inspiring songs have been written about the subject. Terrible times are often revisited in song, and slavery has been a popular topic for musicians for decades. There are modern songs about slavery on this list and slavery songs that were written during the Civil Rights Movement. Some slavery songs are about feeling like you are enslaved to another person.

Bob Marley sings of literal and mental slavery in his masterpiece, “Redemption Song.” “Won't you help to sing/These songs of freedom,” he sings on this heartbreaking slavery song. More recently, Kanye West explored the ways that slavery still exists in modern times on his Yeezus single, “New Slaves” and Alicia Keys wrote the song, “Queen of the Field,” for the 12 Years a Slave soundtrack.

Trent Reznor finds his own version of enslavement on the Nine Inch Nails track “Happiness Is Slavery” and Phish laments vehicular slavery on their song, “Slave to the Traffic Light.” Weezer and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs both have songs simply entitled “Slave.”

Which song on this list of the top songs about slavery do you think deserves the top spot? Give it a thumbs up and add any we missed.
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Bob Marley

2
58 19
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Otis Redding

3
46 25
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Neil Young, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

4
37 22
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Jay Z

5
33 26
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Alicia Keys

6
18 15
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18 16
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David Bowie

8
22 22
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Nine Inch Nails

9
11 10
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Soulfly

10
8 7
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Sade

11
5 5
Pleasure Slave  is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs About Slavery
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Manowar

12
9 10
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Brad Paisley

13
12 15
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Kendrick Lamar

14
7 9
Modern Slavery is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs About Slavery

15
5 7
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Tangerine Dream

16
5 7
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The Black Crowes

17
4 6
Where Is The Love is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs About Slavery
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18
8 11
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Jimmy Cliff

19
6 9
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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

20
6 9
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21
6 9
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Scorpions

22
7 11
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23
3 6
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The Afghan Whigs

24
6 10
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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

25
6 10
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6 10
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27
2 5
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28
9 14
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Jenny and Johnny

29
5 9
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Weezer

30
5 9
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Van Morrison

31
8 13
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J. Cole

32
3 7
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Kreator

33
5 10
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34
4 9
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Depeche Mode

35
4 10
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Quiet Riot

36
3 9
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Goo Goo Dolls

37
3 9
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38
8 16
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Kanye West

39
5 12
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs

40
2 8
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41
2 9
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42
7 16
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Britney Spears

43
3 11
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Glenn Hughes

44
3 12
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Simple Minds

45
3 12
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Thompson Twins

46
1 9
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