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The Best Songs About Slavery 

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Updated June 14, 2019 1.5k votes 555 voters 41.4k views 46 items

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
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Otis Redding
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Neil Young, Neil Young & Crazy Horse
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Jay Z
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Alicia Keys
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David Bowie
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Sade
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Nine Inch Nails
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Brad Paisley
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Kendrick Lamar
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Pleasure Slave  is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs About Slavery
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Manowar

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
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Jenny and Johnny
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Soulfly
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Depeche Mode
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Jimmy Cliff
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Tangerine Dream
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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
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Goo Goo Dolls
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs
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