Political Soundtrack

Are your favorite political songs on this list?


18 thoughts on “Political Soundtrack

  1. Jude says:

    The hell? “Fight the Power” isn’t on that list? Or, really, anything by Public Enemy?
    That’s tough to believe.


  2. Athenae says:

    It’s “nice” protest music. You know, like Born in the USA!


  3. BlakNo1 says:

    Closest thing to a hip-hop jam is “killing in the name of”…(grumble) No System Of A Down(grumbles some more)


  4. virgotex says:

    We Can’t Make it Here Anymore and Cheney’s Toy– James McMurtry
    Standing in the Way of Control– Gossip
    and a whole lotta others


  5. ...now I try to be amused says:

    Black 47 — “James Connolly”


  6. dr2chase says:

    Gil Scott-Heron – B-Movie
    Bruce Cockburn – Rocket Launcher, The Trouble with Normal, Waiting for the Moon (and more, I am sure)
    Bongwater – * Folk Song
    Austin Lounge Lizards – The Ballad of Ronald Reagan, The Drugs I Need, Go Ahead and Die, Bust the High School Students, Teenage Immigrant Welfare Mothers on Drugs
    Neil Young – Ohio, all of Living With War
    Two Nice Girls – The Queer Song, For The Inauguration
    Tracy Grammer – Hey Ho
    Christine Lavin – The Wild Blue
    (very sad, great antiwar song)
    Dead Kennedys – Kill the Poor
    Utah Philips – All Used Up
    Randy Newman – Sail Away, Political Science, (and now) Louisiana 1927
    Peter Gabriel – Biko
    I think that’s enough for a start.


  7. pansypoo says:

    as with political art. it is too ehermoral for me to care, tho bruce cockburn has some nice songs that relate to ronny raygun in central america.


  8. virgotex says:

    Billy Bragg
    “I don’t want to change the world
    I’m not looking for a new England
    I’m just looking for another girl”


  9. Jesse Ewiak says:

    Putting People on the Moon – Drive-By Truckers
    Three Great Alabama Icons/Wallace – Drive-By Truckers


  10. Michael says:

    I like all the songs on the list; offhand, one I’d add is Edwin Starr’s “War.”


  11. virgotex says:

    and not a single mention of Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You into Heaven Anymore?


  12. whet moser says:

    “Rednecks,” Randy Newman. “Last night I saw Lester Maddox on a TV show…”Good Old Boys is a great concept album.


  13. Ray Ward says:

    Bob Dylan, “Political World.”


  14. joejoejoe says:

    Mississippi Goddamn by Nina Simone makes Public Enemy sound like Barry Manilow.


  15. oyster says:

    I guess all those songs by the Clash were metaphors for personal relationships, or something.


  16. MarcD says:

    Jet Pilot – Son Volt (Bush specific, but good)
    Fortunate Son – CCR


  17. azportsider says:

    Bless you for the shout-out to John Prine, virgotex. Let’s get ‘Common Sense’ in there too.


  18. Linkmeister says:

    “People Get Ready?”


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