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
38 10
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A Change Is Gonna Come Otis Redding

3
34 18
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Southern Man Neil Young, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

4
22 10
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Oceans Jay Z

5
10 5
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11 9
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I Would Be Your Slave David Bowie

7
19 18
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Queen of the Field Alicia Keys

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15 14
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Happiness In Slavery Nine Inch Nails

9
4 4
Modern Slavery is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs About Slavery

10
6 7
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Poor Slave Jimmy Cliff

11
5 6
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12
4 5
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13
4 5
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Sunday's Slave Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

14
8 10
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King Kunta Kendrick Lamar

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15
5 7
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Accidental Racist Brad Paisley

16
4 6
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Let the Slave Van Morrison

17
3 5
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Sunday's Slave / Sugar Sugar Sugar Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

18
3 5
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Master and Servant Depeche Mode

19
3 5
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Slave to the Gods Tangerine Dream

20
2 4
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No Speak No Slave The Black Crowes

21
2 4
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I'm Her Slave The Afghan Whigs

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22
2 4
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Slave Machinery Kreator

23
2 4
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Slave Song Sade

24
8 11
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Slavedriver Jenny and Johnny

25
4 7
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4 7
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Slave Weezer

27
3 6
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28
3 6
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Chains Soulfly

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5 9
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Slave Yeah Yeah Yeahs

30
5 9
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Runaway J. Cole

31
4 8
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32
2 6
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Slave to Love Quiet Riot

33
2 6
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34
2 6
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Slave Me Scorpions

35
1 5
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36
5 10
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I'm a Slave 4 U Britney Spears

37
6 12
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New Slaves Kanye West

38
1 6
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39
2 8
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Slave Trade Thompson Twins

40
1 7
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Slave Nation Simple Minds

41
1 7
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I'm Not Your Slave Glenn Hughes

42
0 6
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Slave Girl Goo Goo Dolls

43
0 6
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