music 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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Redemption Song Bob Marley

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Southern Man Neil Young, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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A Change Is Gonna Come Otis Redding

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Oceans Jay Z

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Queen of the Field Alicia Keys

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Happiness In Slavery Nine Inch Nails

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You Don't Own Me is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Songs About Slavery
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Poor Slave Jimmy Cliff

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Slavedriver Jenny and Johnny

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Let the Slave Van Morrison

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Slave Weezer

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Slave Trade Thompson Twins

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Sunday's Slave / Sugar Sugar Sugar Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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Chains Soulfly

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Master and Servant Depeche Mode

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Slave Me Scorpions

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Sunday's Slave Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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Slave to the Gods Tangerine Dream

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New Slaves Kanye West

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King Kunta Kendrick Lamar

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Slave Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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I Would Be Your Slave David Bowie

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Runaway J. Cole

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Accidental Racist Brad Paisley

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I'm Not Your Slave Glenn Hughes

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Slave to Love Quiet Riot

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I'm a Slave 4 U Britney Spears

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No Speak No Slave The Black Crowes

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Slave Girl Goo Goo Dolls

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I'm Her Slave The Afghan Whigs

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Slave Song Sade

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Slave Machinery Kreator

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Slave Nation Simple Minds