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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Redemption Song Bob Marley

2
40 15
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A Change Is Gonna Come Otis Redding

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28 14
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Oceans Jay Z

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37 23
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Southern Man Neil Young, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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14 8
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19 16
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Happiness In Slavery Nine Inch Nails

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24 22
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Queen of the Field Alicia Keys

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14 12
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I Would Be Your Slave David Bowie

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4 3
Pleasure Slave  is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs About Slavery
Barehunter Bachman added Pleasure Slave  Manowar

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5 8
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Sunday's Slave / Sugar Sugar Sugar Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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4 7
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Slave Me Scorpions

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3 6
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Slave Song Sade

13
6 10
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Chains Soulfly

14
4 8
Modern Slavery is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs About Slavery

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3 7
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No Speak No Slave The Black Crowes

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3 7
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Slave to the Gods Tangerine Dream

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3 7
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6 11
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Poor Slave Jimmy Cliff

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6 11
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Runaway J. Cole

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2 6
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I'm Her Slave The Afghan Whigs

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2 6
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Slave Machinery Kreator

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5 10
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Accidental Racist Brad Paisley

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5 10
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5 10
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1 5
Where Is The Love is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Songs About Slavery
1526945977434 added Where Is The Love Black Eyed Peas

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8 14
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King Kunta Kendrick Lamar

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8 14
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Slavedriver Jenny and Johnny

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4 9
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Let the Slave Van Morrison

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4 9
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Slave Weezer

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4 9
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Sunday's Slave Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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4 9
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4 9
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4 9
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3 8
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Master and Servant Depeche Mode

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5 11
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Slave Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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2 8
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2 8
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6 14
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I'm a Slave 4 U Britney Spears

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2 9
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Slave to Love Quiet Riot

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6 15
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New Slaves Kanye West

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2 10
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I'm Not Your Slave Glenn Hughes

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0 4
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1526945977434 added Where Is the Love Eve, Damian Marley

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2 11
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Slave Trade Thompson Twins

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1 8
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Slave Girl Goo Goo Dolls

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1 8
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1 10
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Slave Nation Simple Minds