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
53 18
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Otis Redding

3
42 24
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Neil Young, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

4
34 17
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Jay Z

5
18 11
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17 13
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David Bowie

7
28 25
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Alicia Keys

8
21 19
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Nine Inch Nails

9
5 3
Pleasure Slave  is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs About Slavery
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Manowar

10
11 14
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Kendrick Lamar

11
6 8
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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

12
6 8
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Scorpions

13
6 8
Modern Slavery is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Songs About Slavery

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7 10
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Soulfly

15
6 9
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6 9
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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

17
4 7
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Tangerine Dream

18
4 7
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The Black Crowes

19
4 7
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Sade

20
3 6
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The Afghan Whigs

21
3 6
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Kreator

22
3 6
Where Is The Love is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs About Slavery
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7 11
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Jimmy Cliff

24
6 10
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25
6 10
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Brad Paisley

26
6 10
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9 14
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Jenny and Johnny

28
5 9
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Van Morrison

29
5 9
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Weezer

30
5 9
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1 5
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7 13
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J. Cole

33
3 8
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4 10
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35
3 9
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Depeche Mode

36
2 8
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5 12
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs

38
2 9
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7 16
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Kanye West

40
6 15
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Britney Spears

41
2 10
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Quiet Riot

42
2 11
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Glenn Hughes

43
2 12
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Thompson Twins

44
1 9
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Goo Goo Dolls

45
1 9
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1 12
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Simple Minds