TOP 5: PROTEST SONGS


When it came time to decide what this week’s Top 5 topic was gonna be I didn’t have to look any further than the front page of my favorite news sites.

The topic picked itself. Protest songs.
It’s pretty self-explanatory. Go!

Iris Dement – Wasteland of The Free: From Iris’s 1996 album, The Way I Should.

Otis Gibbs – The People’s Day: I see hope for our country in what’s happening in others lately. One day our whispers will be louder than their screams. The people’s day will come.

Old Crow Medicine Show – Union Maid: Originally written by Woody Guthrie in response to a request for a union song from a female point of view.

Circle Jerks – Fortunate Son: This is (obviously) actually a Creedence Clearwater Revival song but I think the Circle Jerks’ version does a better job of conveying the anger in the song. The song was inspired by David Eisenhower, the grandson of President Dwight David Eisenhower who married Julie Nixon, the daughter of President Richard Nixon in 1968. John Fogerty told Rolling Stone: “Julie Nixon was hanging around with David Eisenhower, and you just had the feeling that none of these people were going to be involved with the war…”

Public Enemy – Fight The Power: Fight The Power has largely served as the political statement of purpose for Public Enemy, and serves as their biggest single.

I wanted to include one more. I wanted to include it in my 5 but could not decide if it was a song or a spoken word piece put to music. Which ever you wanna call it, it’s one of the best protest pieces ever done:

Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

12 thoughts on “TOP 5: PROTEST SONGS”

  1. 1–Country Joe McDonald—FEEL LIKE I’M FIXING TO DIE
    2–CCR——————–RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE
    3–Buffalo Springfield—-FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH
    4–Coven——————ONE TIN SOLDIER
    5–CCR——————–FORTUNATE SON

  2. Signs- five man electric band
    Eve of Destruction- Barry macguire
    Blowin in the wind- Dylan
    Imagine- john lennon

  3. 1. With God on Our Side – Bob Dylan
    2. Blowin in the Wind – Bob Dylan
    3. A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall – Bob Dylan
    4. All Along the Watchtower – Bob Dylan
    5. Killing in Name – Rage Against the Machine

    I love this subject. I could do on and on and on.

  4. Phil Ochs – I Ain’ Marching Anymore
    The Internationale
    Neil Young – Rockin’ In The Free World
    MC5 – The American Ruse
    The (International) Noise Conspiracy – Smash It Up

  5. Neil Young – Vampire Blues – cant get this one outta my head lately
    NOFX – Franco unamerican
    Propaghandi – all of them, but if I had to pick a favourite it would be todays empires tommorrows ashes.
    Steve Earle – The revolution starts now
    Midnight Oil – Beds are Burning

  6. Masters Of War – Dylan
    The World Is Yours – Hangdogs
    Puttin’ People On The Moon – DBT
    We Can’t Make It Here – McMurtry
    Is This Thing Working – Todd Snider

  7. I’ll Be A Hero (When I Strike) – Merle Haggard
    Time To Get A Gun – Fred Eaglesmith
    The Fighting Side Of Me – Merle Haggard
    Welfare Cadillac – Guy Drake
    The Minute Men Are Turning In Their Graves – Stonewall Jackson

  8. The Harder They Come – Jimmy Cliff (or Joe Jackson or Keith Richards)
    Ideology – Billy Bragg
    One Big Union – Matthew Grimm & the Red Smear
    With God on Our Side – Bob Dylan
    41 Shots – Bruce Springsteen

    some of many. I sings me a few.

  9. If I Give Your Name – Emma’s Revolution
    Call It Democracy – Bruce Cockburn
    Wasteland of the Free – Iris Dement
    Language of Violence – Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
    Your Next Bold Move – Ani DiFranco
    Hero’s Song – Brendan James
    Bought and Sold – Dar Williams
    Lives in the Balance – Jackson Browne
    They Dance Alone – Sting
    Lawless Avenues – Jackson Browne
    My Country ‘Tis of Thy People You’re Dying – Buffy Sainte-Marie
    Waiting for a Miracle – Bruce Cockburn
    For America – Jackson Browne
    We Work the Black Seam – Sting
    Democracy – Leonard Cohen
    Television, the Drug of the Nation – Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
    Talkin’ Bout a Revolution – Tracy Chapman
    When I Was a Boy – Dar Williams
    Jerusalem – Steve Earle
    Dear Mr. President – Pink

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