Fight the power! 21 ferocious protest anthems

5. Billie Holiday, 'Strange Fruit' (1939). Billie Holiday had to leave her label, Columbia, before she could record this – they didn't want the 'controversy' of releasing a song in which the titular fruit represent the hanging bodies of black Americans, strung from trees by white lynch-mobs in America's South.

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  • Added: Apr 1, 2009

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