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Are These The 20 Greatest Political Songs?

By Luke Lewis

Posted on 25 Mar 10

 
 

Leftie journal New Statesman have picked out their top 20 protest songs.

Now it's traditional at this point to belly-ache about the fact there's no hip-hop, only three female artists in the list blah-di-blah. But, you know, it's political magazine, not a music mag, so it's not like they were gonna acknowledge riot grrrl.

What is telling though, is the absence of any songs from the past twenty years (apart from 'Killing In The Name'), and it's always a fault of these lists that they completely ignore metal - I'd argue Metallica's 'One' and System Of A Down's 'BYOB' are as incendiary protest anthems as you'll find anywhere.



Anyway, New Statesman's list is after the jump. What are the most glaring omissions?



1. Woody Guthrie - This Land Is Your Land
2. The Special AKA - Free Nelson Mandela
3. Bob Dylan - The Times They are a-Changin'
4. Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit
5. Claude de Lisle - La Marseillaise
6. U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday
7. Eugene Pottier - The Internationale
8. Robert Wyatt/Elvis Costello - Shipbuilding
9. Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen
10. William Blake - Jerusalem
11. The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again
12. Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name
13. Tracy Chapman - Talkin' 'bout a Revolution
14. Nina Simone - Mississippi Goddam
15. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On?
16. Gil Scott-Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
17. Bob Marley - Redemption Song
18. John Lennon - Imagine
19. Pete Seeger - Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
20. Tom Robinson - Glad to Be Gay

 
 
 
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