8 Politically-Charged Songs

Get in the spirit of voting day

The Federal election is today, here are 8 songs to get you all excited to make a difference.

Public Enemy – “Fight The Power”

Hip hop started as an outlet for disenfranchised youth in low-economic areas to expose the social and economic condition they live in. “Fight the Power” (especially the third verse) is a great example of the alienation they were feeling.


The Clash – “The Clampdown”

The Clash often sang about their social and political beliefs. “The Clampdown” talks all about conforming to regular working class life and superiors not having your best interests in mind.


Rage Against The Machine – “Killing In The Name”

Rage Against the Machine only say “Fuck you I won’t do what you tell me” 16 times in this song.


Sex Pistols – “God Save the Queen”

The Sex Pistols hated the British Monarchy, and “God Save the Queen” was their protest song.


Bob Dylan – “The Times Are A Changin'”

The Times are a-Changin was written in the 60’s in the midst of the civil rights movement when young people were rebelling with anti-establishment attitudes. This Bob Dylan song turned into an anthem during that time.


Morrissey – “World Peace Is None of Your Business”

“World Peace is None of Your Business” is one of the most dramatic names for a song/album, but Morrissey has never been submissive. The message speaks about the working class and voting.


Bjork – “Declare Independence”

Bjork is very straightforward in this song. “Declare Independence” is all about being independent from a government.


Kings of Leon – “Crawl”

Kings of Leon say “Crawl” is their first political song. Caleb Followill says about it, “It honestly feels as if America has to learn how to crawl again before it can walk tall.”

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