A 21 Protest Song Salute

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Singer and activist Tom Morello says it’s his job as a musician “to steel the backbone of people on the front lines of social justice struggles, and to put wind in sails of those struggles.” Here’s a list of 21 songs that have done just that — from Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land to Public Enemy’s Fight the Power

Submit your own song suggestions in the comments below. If you have protest songs of your own on YouTube, include links to them or tag them “moyersprotestsongs”.

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Which Side Are You On, Florence Reece (1931)

Strange Fruit, Billie Holiday (1939)

This Land Is Your Land, Woody Guthrie (1940/1944)

We Shall Overcome, sung here by Joan Baez (traditional)

Folsom Prison Blues, Johnny Cash (1955)

A Change is Gonna Come, Sam Cooke (1964)

Times They Are A-Changing, Bob Dylan (1964)

Compared to What? Les McCann and Eddie Harris (1969)

Fortunate Son, Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)

Give Peace A Chance, John Lennon (1969)

John Lennon – Give Peace A Chance by hushhush112

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised Gil Scott-Heron (1970)

Ohio; Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (1970/1974)

What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye (1971)

Get Up, Stand Up , Bob Marley (1973)

Zombie, Fela Kuti (1977)

F— tha Police, N.W.A (1988)

Fight the Power, Public Enemy (1989/1990)

The Ghost of Tom Joad, Bruce Springsteen, featuring Tom Morello (1995)

Clandestino Manu Chao, (1998)

Sleep Now in the Fire, Rage Against the Machine (1999)

American Idiot, Green Day (2004)

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  • Deborah

    Woodie Guthrie’s “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos” (aka “Deportee”)

  • Deborah

    Pete Seeger’s “Bring ‘Em Home”
    Edwin Starr’s “War”
    Tom Paxton’s “Whose Garden Was This?”

  • Keyocean

    There are so many great protest songs! You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive by Darrell Scott is one of my favorites.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VFADMBS4UVQDTXTSAE3IMGAMRM Stephen Greenberg

    Here’s an original song, “Away From Mother Earth” — written in 1989, matched to visual images in the aftermath of last year’s Fukushima disaster: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4wo98lMSEE

  • Emryss Lewton

    Charles Mingus’s original version of “Fables of Faubus” with the words.

  • Sledge Hamerly

    My favorite: Ballad of Penny Evans by Steve Goodman http://youtu.be/j6W_a2U-bIU

  • April

    Please add:
    The Beatles’ “BLACKBIRD”
    Jackson Browne’s “FOR AMERICA”
    Jackson Browne’s “SOLDIER OF PLENTY”
    Bruce Springsteen’s “BORN IN THE U.S.A.”
    Buffalo Springfield’s “FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH”

    Links to lyrics:
    The Beatles’ “BLACKBIRD”
    Jackson Browne’s “FOR AMERICA”
    Jackson Browne’s “SOLDIER OF PLENTY”
    Bruce Springsteen’s “BORN IN THE U.S.A.”
    Buffalo Springfield’s “FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH”

  • Anonymous

    Protest songs:

    Pete Seeger – L’Internationale: Free MP3 Download


    Makana “We are the many” the Occupy anthem



  • guest

     Dylan’s Masters of War as sung by Eddie Vedder.
    Buffie st. Marie’s Universal Soldier as sung by herself.

    Each gives a perspective of the cause of continual warfare. Ms. St. Marie could see the truth.

  • Elliot

    Wasteland of the Free by Iris Dement

  • Lamar Hankins

    Pete Seeger’s “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy”

  • Luzaunders

    Nina Simone:  I Wish I Knew How It Feels to Be Free and Mississippi God Damned!!

    are truly “fight” anthems that declare freedoms come at a price  .

    Lucille Saunders, 
    Los Angeles

  • Rwmollette

    Judy Collins: Marat Sade

  • Klessuck

    “Here at the end of the world”, ” what if you knew”, many other songs by David Rovics and Emma’s Revolution.

  • Zeebo

    A couple of songs that cross my mInd are “flowers of the night” and “Volunteers of America” by Grace Slick & Paul Kantner.

  • Jbmiller92378

    Having been in the streets of Chicago during the 1968 Democratic Convention, the Rolling Stones’ “Street Fighting Man” became an Anthem for me and many others.  Add That!  I’m sure Morello would approve!

  • Anonymous

    Here is a link to the original Fables Of Faubus

  • http://www.progressivevalues.us/ Marshall McComb

     Peter Seeger’s “Hammer Song” is a most inspiring song that goes beyond protest to universal overcoming.   Here are Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie singing it at the incredible Wolftrap concert in 1992:

  • JonThomas

    Ty for bringing wonderful memories to mind and once again stirring powerful feelings.

    Wow…where to start?

    In no particular order.

    How about…

    “Let it be Me”…Indigo Girls.

     “Joe Hill”…Joan Baez.

    Country Joe and the Fish…”The Cheer” and the “Feel like I’m fixin’ to Die Rag.”

    Rush…”Big Money”…”Red Barchetta”…”Closer to the Heart”…The entirety of “2112”…”New World Man”…”Working Man”…”The Trees”…”Free Will”…”Tom Sawyer”…”Subdivisions”…”Distant Early Warning”…The heck with it…all of Rush!

    Dylan…”A hard Rain’s Gonna Fall”…”Hurricane.”

    “Brothers in Arms”…Dire Straits.

    Roger Waters…”The Powers That Be”…”Who Needs Information”…”The Tide is Turning”…ok, let’s go with all of Radio K.O.A.S.

    Reggae in all it’s forms. Especially “Small Axe”…Bob Marley. “Downpressor Man” Peter Tosh.

    Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy…The Entire Album “Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury,” especially “Television, the Drug of the Nation,” “Water Pistol Man,” “Everyday Life Has Become a Health Risk” and well, yeah, the entire album.

    That’s enough for now, better give others a chance. These don’t even scratch the surface.

  • Doc

    It was prophetic then, even more so now. History repeats itself because money and time cloud our collective memory.  Steppenwolf Monster
    I wish our leaders would remember who they are supposed to serve.

  • Anonymous

    Stevie Wonder – “He’s Misstra Know It All”

    Max Roach with Abbey Lincoln – “Driva Man”

    Max Roach – “Garvey’s Ghost”

    Charles Mingus – excerpt from “Cumbia And Jazz Fusion”

    Charles Mingus – “Hatian Fight Song ”

    Public Enemy – “Shut Em Down”

    Curtis Mayfield – “People Get Ready”

    Curtis Mayfield – “We Gotta Have Peace”

    I feel I must qualify the next few selections by saying that Frank Zappa was at times a bit too libertarian for me at times, but I feel he had much to say worth listening to.
    Frank Zappa – “Central Scrutinizer”

    Frank Zappa – “I’m The Slime”

    Frank Zappa – “Who Are The Brain Police”

    In the spirit of “Who Are The Brain Police”, I interrupt our regularly scheduled broadcast for this educational interlude….
    Noam Chomsky – “Education For Whom And For What?”

    … Frank Zappa – “Absolutely Free”

    This one is for Tom Morello…. Frank Zappa – “D.C. Boogie” (just ignore the boogie part)

    And finally… Prince – “7”

    … savoir-faire, don’t leave home without it.

  • AV

    “Megalomaniac” by Incubus

  • Cougar2010

    Phil Ochs!

  • Magster

    Homage to Marat and Pirate Jenny from Judy Collins’ In My Life Album, I Am Woman, Helen Reddy, RESPECT sung by Aretha Franklin, and La Marseilles, film cip from Casablanca, the scene in Rick’s Cafe….

  • Magster

    OOhhh…Whatcha Gonna do About Me?, Quicksilver Messenger Service

  • Gking1970

    Thank you, bill.  It’s so wonderful to see and hear these great people sing these powerful songs which are a big part of our collective heritage.

  • Artfullee

    “Yell Fire”  Spearhead, ” Make Love F war ” – Moby and Public Enemy, 
    “Know your rights” – The Clash, “One Day More” – Elaine Purky, ” To hell with Poverty”, “Capital”
    -Gang of four, “Black Lung”- Hazel Dickens, “Street Fighting Man” – Rolling Stones, ” Time to go Home” – Spearhead,

  • oldprankster

    Country Joe and the Fish “One, Two, Three, What are we fighting for” didn’t make the list???
    Phil Ochs  “I ain’t marchin’ any more”  didn’t make the list???  These are protest songs that were sung in the streets and helped end a war.   Half of you list is just words that sell records.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2DIFVXCODDOS5JJ4D6J6TPR5RU Karen Read

    Why has no one mentioned Pete Seeger?  His life was dedicated to people singing together to change the world.

  • anonanon

    Universal Soldier- Buffy St Marie

  • Amelia Silver

    “Masters of War” by Bob Dylan is the most powerful, eloquent protest against the killing machine ever written.
    Also, Gil Scott Heron’s “Johannesburg” is great.

  • Amelia Silver

    Dylan’s Masters of War as sung by Dylan. Nothing compares.

  • Sundown

    Green Fields of France ~ Eric Bogle… Waist Deep in the Big Muddy ~ Pete Seeger… We Ain’t Marching Anymore ~ Phil Ochs.  so many amazing songs out there…

  • John Corrigan

    Add Buffalo-Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” and John Fogerty’s “Deja Vu All Over Again.” Great list.

  • ER

    “War Pigs” by Black Sabbath

  • Chargrl20

    “For What It’s Worth” – Buffalo Springfield

  • http://www.facebook.com/gillian.kocheldamjanovich Gillian L Kochel-Damjanovich

    The Town I Loved So Well ~ Luke Kelly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55OBEs98Pj4&feature=relmfu

  • http://www.facebook.com/gillian.kocheldamjanovich Gillian L Kochel-Damjanovich

  • DonnaSavage

    ‘The Fiddle and the Drum’  by Joni Mitchell

  • oneatarco

    Bob Marley – “War”, “Burnin’ and Lootin”, “Crazy Baldheads”, “Revolution”, …….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1042003953 Richard Sepulvado

    Dylan’s best is “God on our side.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/gillian.kocheldamjanovich Gillian L Kochel-Damjanovich

    Bring ‘Em Home ~ Pete Seeger

  • David Graves

    Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready” & “Keep On Pushing”
    Dylan’s “Blowing In The Wind”
    Richie Havens “Handsome Johnny”

  • Max

    Peter Paul and Mary – No Easy Walk to Freedom

  • Anonymous

    Discharge ‘Resist and Survive’ 
    Amebix ‘Arise’
    Anti-Flag ‘The Economy is Suffering…Let it Die’
    Bad Religion ‘Let Them Eat War’ ‘Kyoto Now!’ ‘The Voice of God is Government’
    D.O.A. ‘General Strike’
    Dead Kennedys ‘Stars and Stripes of Corruption’
    MC5 ‘American Ruse’
    Neil Young ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’
    New Model Army ‘My Country’
    Rise Against ‘From Heads Unworthy’
    Sly & the Family Stone ‘Stand!’
    Stiff Little Fingers ‘Alternative Ulster’

  • Ergow

    Leonard Cohen’s “Democracy is Coming”

  • Warrenslist

    The Anonymous Theme Song 

  • Warrenslist

    Makana: We are the many.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq3BYw4xjxE

  • Warrenslist

    Brandon Carter: Blood Money http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n52957kl76Y&feature=related

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1227863967 Bo Stauffer

    “Have You Been To Jail For Justice”  Anne Feeney

  • Janieu1

    “The Big Muddy” Pete Seeger Smothers Brothers Show
    “Joe Hill” Joan Baez

  • Moe

    Alice’s Restaurant:  Arlo Guthrie.  Viet Nam protest!

  • Pattykosley

    My favorite of all time is Jackson Browne’s “Lives In The Balance”!

  • maggie

    John McCutchen: Caught in the Crossfire

  • http://www.facebook.com/leo.morg Leo Morgan

    Please don’t forget Eve of Destruction, written by 19-year-old songwriter P. F. Sloan in
    1965 and made a classic by Barry McGuire

  • http://www.facebook.com/leo.morg Leo Morgan

    Please don’t forget Eve of Destruction, written by 19-year-old songwriter P. F. Sloan in
    1965 and made a classic by  Barry McGuire.

  • James
  • Teresa Evangeline

    Bruce Cockburn:  “They Call it Democracy”
    Iris DeMent:  “Living in the Wasteland of the Free”

  • http://www.facebook.com/madmadeline Madeline O’Brien

    The Patriot Game done by the Clancy Brothers

  • Martha Evans

    Ben Harper, “Better Way” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIo4aRl7IG4
    James McMurtry, “We Can’t Make It Here Anymore” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTW0y6kazWM

  • Suzspar

    Peter Yarrow’s “Great  Mandala” – Peter, Paul, and Mary’s version is good, but I get chills from Yarrow and Richie Havens version -http://youtu.be/ozX0KazFoDk

  • Injamaven

    Back of the Bus – Title ?      . . . .”I’ll be ridin’ up there”

  • M Evans

    Richard and Mimi Farina, “Bold Marauder” and “HOUSE UN-AMERICAN BLUES ACTIVITY DREAM”

  • Mike from NS

    U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday, Peter Gabriel – Biko, Eliza Gilkyson – Man of God, The Rascals – People Got to Be Free, the list is so long

  • SWDan

    Buffy Saint-Marie: “Now That the Buffalo Are Gone”  http://youtu.be/nnZVIluWuq4

  • Anonymous

    Pete Seeger’s “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In the Wind” and Phil Ochs “When I’m Gone.”

  • Barryollman

    I love all of these, and I’ll throw in one of my own… “Banker’s Holiday”

    I collaborated on the recording with my friend Garry Tallent of the E Street Band and on the video with 2011 Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist, Mike Keefe.
    Hope you like it!

  • alf_59

    I’ll add a couple recent ones to the mix:
    Fired Up, Ready to Go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyJ72iZ3tW4

    Don’t Tell Me Who to Love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X9rNkvIw2U

  • Cgmunchkin

    Steppenwolf- Monster/Suicide/America

  • Mrncat

    “What’s Going On” still is a haunting lament… 

  • Mrncat

    I realize it’s listed — it just is my favorite!

  • Lynn F.

    Bruce Cockburn “If I Had a Rocket Launcher”
    Phil Ochs “I Ain’t Marchin’ Anymore”


    The song WAR…. “War War what is it good for?  ABSOLUTELY NUTHIN! 

  • Seabarkrob

    Joan Baez singing “Joe Hill.”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f2J4ceCikI

  • Mfknc

    Leon Rosselson from England is one of the greatest of our protest song writers.  “Palaces of Gold,” “The World Turned Upside Down,” (also sung by Billy Bragg) and “We Sell Everything,” for examples.

  • sj

    Nina Simone  I wish I knew how it would feel to be free


  • Launa Virgo

     Thanks.  My personal favorite.

  • Spmlt

    hey, I was going to say Phil Ochs.  Great song!!
    I would like to also ad Country Joe and the Fish, “Fixin’ to die Rag”

  • http://www.facebook.com/flawrence Frank Lawrence

    Pendulum Swing

     thanks for watching/listening!

  • MusicRules

    Kevin McLeod has a great protest song on his latest album.  Its about money in politics and how our democracy seems to be up for sale.  Its called “Follow the Money”, Check it out: http://youtu.be/Jg6odlz3LSE 

  • Chuck Emery

    Malvina Reynolds’ What Have They Done To The Rain

  • rebecca_lord

    Our Country – John Mellencamp   Inconvenient Time – Nanci Griffith

  • http://www.facebook.com/tom.millender Tom Debbie Millender

     Dropkick Murphys – The Gauntlet(Stand up and FIGHT!!! And I’ll stand up with you. We shall succeed!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lWdZgw0fqk

  • Sue Purchase

    I would suggest Sam Stone and Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You into Heaven Anymore, both by John Prine, just as relevant now as they were then!

  • Geeezer

    Masters of War – bob dylan

  • Funmail4liz

    “We Are the Many” by Makana, very Bob Dylan-esque.
    This should be the anthem for the Occupy Movement. Makana sang it during his performance for the World Leaders Dinner at APEC, which was hosted by the First Family, in Honolulu. A bold thing to do! Here’s another video with his explanation about singing it at APEC. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VegV-8vu7go
    I have to give him a plug, I admire him so much. Go to http://www.MakanaMusic.com to see his concert schedule for Seattle and Portland in early June!

  • Geeezer

    Lonesome Death of Hattie Carrol – bob dylan

  • Bob Fry

    The Who, Won’t Get Fooled Again

  • Pattullyjr

    Working Class Hero ….just the line “Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV” should qualify it.

  • Macaurecovery

    “You’re American” (Brian Fox & The 33rd Degree)


  • Guest

    Good list.  But Billie Holiday did not write “Strange Fruit,” although she performed it.  Abel Meeropol wrote it under the pen name Lewis Allen.

  • Benjamin Sherman

    Ry Cooder, “No Banker Left Behind”  – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXHckAFMzaw

  • Benjamin Sherman

    Buffalo Springfield, “For What it’s Worth”  – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdEE6qUm060

  • Slowpoke

    ‘For What It’s Worth’ by Buffalo Springfield (Stephen Stills) 

  • Judy Houck

    Don’t forget Malvina Reynolds!  It aint Nice, and many more.

  • Lrose

    Jackson Browne, Jackson Browne, Jackson Browne!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Jaco/623535521 Mary Jaco

    Marvin Gaye, “What’s going on?”

  • Anonymous

    Talking ‘Bout A Revolution – Tracy Chapman
    Revolution – The Beatles
    Eve of Destruction  Barry McGuire
    Uprising – Muse

  • Anonymous

    Against me! – Those Anarcho Punks Are Mysterious
    my favorite.

  • Petereverett

    Some great songs listed such as “Ohio”  but also in need of inclusion , “For What It’s Worth” as had been mentioned.

  • Elisabeth

    Barry Mcguire’s “Eve of Destruction” not on the list? For shame! How ’bout Jackson Browne’s “I Am a Patriot”? or “Lives in the Balance”, which was explicitly about the Central American juntas in the 80’s . Come on folks get on the ball here

  • Marian

    Masters of War  – Bob Dylan / Pearl Jam    Redemption Song  – Bob Marley   Talking About a Revolution – Tracy Chapman   Universal Soldier  – Buffy St. Marie   Indian Wars – Bruce Cockburn   Here’s to the State – Phil Ochs / Eddie Vedder  Son’s & Daughters  –  The Neville Brothers    Lives in the Balance  –  Jackson Browne    American Woman  – The Guess Who  For What It’s Worth  –  Buffalo Springfield   The Future  –  Leonard Cohen  White Boots Marching in a Yellow Land  – Eric Anderson  Waiting for the Great Leap Forward   –  Billy Bragg   Peace Train  –  Cat Stevens  Imagine  –  John Lennon

  • Anonymous

    Peter, Paul and Mary covering Bob Dylan’s “Blowin in the Wind” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t4g_1VoGw4 and “Where have All the Flowers Gone?” 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYii6nxhvUk&feature=related, written by Pete Seeger.

  • Anonymous

    “Chicago” by Graham Nash


  • Jennifer

    Peter Tosh, Equal Rights and Justice
    Midnight Oil, Bring on the Change
    Buddy Guy, Cities Need Help
    Leonard Cohen, Democracy is Coming (to the USA)
    Eminem, White America
    so many great suggestions from others, too!

  • http://www.protestmusic.org/ Will
  • Sheilaiam2

    Bobby Darin – Simple Song of Freedom

  • Caitlin

    Was hoping someone would mention Alternative Ulster. Thank you.

    Many songs mentioned are good political and social commentary but not what I would call protest songs, because they simply tell a story. But many mentioned, Alternative Ulster included, contain the language of standing up, of fighting. They are the call to action. Those are protest songs to me.

  • Eggroll3344

    I think the first protest song I ever learned was “Where Have All The Flowers Gone”.  The version most common was by Peter, Paul and Mary at the time.  I was surprised that Masters of Destruction and Blowing in the Wind by Dylan were not mentioned.  Was there a 21 song limit imposted?

  • JvB

    But Billy gave it wings. ..

  • http://www.facebook.com/uddhava.saradadasa Uddhava Saradadasa

    Birmingham Sunday by Joan Baez and My Country Tis of They People You’re Dying

  • Anonymous

    The Monster/Suicide/America suite by Steppenwolf 

  • http://www.eceteacher.org/ Sydney Gurewitz Clemens

    Missing:  Odetta, Pete Seeger, Paul Robeson, Buffy Saint-Marie, Phil Ochs, Malvina Reynolds, and a whole lot of others.  I’d love for them to be added!

  • Sydney Gurewitz Clemens

    Meeropol went on to adopt the children of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and to raise them with his wife Ann.

  • Scott

    No Phil Ochs? No “I Ain’t a Marchin’ Anymore” or “The war is Over” or “Cops of the World”?

  • Bruce Beyer

    All of Charlie King’s and Bright Morning Star’s music!

  • Coffeeanon

    “White Riot”, The Clash (and many more)
    “The Message”, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
    “Going Underground”, The Jam
    Several other artists not mentioned on this thread like David Rovics, Michael Franti, Propagandhi…

  • Timfuller

    Almost anything by Steve Earle. And don’t forget the MC5!

  • Timfuller

    Also must include hip hop artist Lupe Fiasco. But the most powerful hip hop political thinker next to Chuck D is Immortal Technique. Check him out!

  • Susan L

    “Sam Stone” and “Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore” by John Prine

  • G Carpenter15

    Try Tool. Maybe?

  • Gsukys

    Bring Them Home Pete Seegar and Volunteers by Airplane

  • George

    http://www.ronpaulsong.com or rp4p.com  RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT song

  • George

    The Reign by George Johnson featuring The Jordanaires & The Memphis Horns

    (George Johnson)









  • Ruth

    How could you overlook BALLAD FOR AMERICANS sung by Paul Robeson?

  • Rooster

    wake up first…

  • Dgxmn

    Us and Them (Dark Side of the Moon), by Pink Floyd!  Much less Country Joe & the Fish’s Woodstock anthem!

  • Anonymous

    “Mississippi Goddam” by Nina Simone

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, Lucile. Yes both of those Nina Simone songs.

    John Marsh

  • Kay

    “Jump You Fuckers” -Gene Burnett

  • Shunpiker_vt

    James Talley came out with a great Woody Guthrie-inspired album in 1975 called Got No Bread, No Milk, No Money, but We Sure Got a Lot of Love. These two songs are from his follow-up
    Tryin’ Like the Devil.
    “Are They Gonna Make Us Outlaws Again”


    “Tryin’ Like The Devil”


  • Ngcummins

    Iris Dement “Wasteland  of the Free”

  • Fan of Bill Moyersi

    More GilScott-Heron, actually MOST of his and Brian Jackson’s
    ArloGuthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant
    Joni Mitchell too many to list
    Peter, Paul, and Mary many.
    Marvin Gaye Innercity Blues
    So,so many more that still pack a punch. A little past your time maybe Bill but you must recall how the 60’s and 70’s were FULL of Protest Songs

  • Josh Marantz

    Phil Ochs, Power and Glory
    Ballad of Joe Hill by same

  • Marc

    “Running on the Spot” by The Jam

  • Wadejdavis

    “L’Internationale” will always be the crown jewel of the leftists.

  • Gabrielle Childers

    Pretty good list but where’s Phil Ochs? For instance: I Ain’t Marching Anymore; Here’s to the State of Mississippi; The Power and the Glory; Too Many Martyrs; Canons of Christianity; There But for Fortune; Santa Domingo; Crucifixion, etc. Phil seems to always be overlooked, in my humble opinion.

    How about Mothers of Invention (Frank Zappa) – Trouble Every Day.

    Richard Farina’s songs: Michael, Andrew and James (performed by Mimi & Richard Farina); Birmingham Sunday (performed by Joan Baez).

  • Jayne

    I Shall Not Be Moved

  • Berggrenfolk

    From Every Mountain Side (words by Dan Berggren)

  • Prettysmartideas

    I think the old Pete Seeger song, “Blowing in the Wind” should be included.    I was influenced by the early 60’s folksingers, and “Blowing in the Wind” was the song that truly influenced the politics and world view of this Southern girl.  I believe it was probably the most influential song for most of my generation.  It was a sort of beginning.

  • Dena

    How is it possible that Pete Seeger was not mentioned on the Tom Morello show and is not featured above?  

  • Roots In Quicksand

    Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions were very important voices with such songs as Move On Up, We’re A Winner, Choice Of Colors and especially This Is My Country.  He May be better remembered for Superfly but those songs provided the soundtrack for the civil rights movement.

  • Jenniferscoggin

    Odd that there are so few (any??) mentions of Woody Guthrie!

  • Jenniferscoggin11

    I just realized this is above a comment about a wonderful Guthrie song…duh. The Weavers had many protest songs; Lee Hays wrote If I Had a Hammer which is a great one. Woody’s Union Maid and, of course, This Land Is Your Land (most of the really protesting verses are rarely sung), Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind, Pete Seeger–many! Listening to Tom Morello and hearing about Wobblies reminded me of Ronnie Gilbert’s wonderful song about Mother Jones. Oh, gosh, there are just so many…so glad Tom is out there bringing music to the movement in this time!!

  • Rcunland

    Tom Morello are you listening to the people.  I was in Madison as a union teacher we need to use the power of music for message to reach  the people and to raise some competitive funds.  Why isn’t there a political musical festival in Madison on the weekend of June 2 & 3rd.  Loved the show Bill Moyers is a true patriot a voice of reason in a world filled with greed and madness.  Here is a list from my i-pod for political songs from peace to political protest against the stealing of our liberties.
    Joe Hill song by Joan Baez & – Revolution – Tracey Chapman

    Piggies 2:04 The Beatles The Beatles (White Album) [Disc 1] Rock  16The Times They Are A-Changin’ 3:17 Bob Dylan Greatest Hits Folk  28Politician 4:14 Cream The Very Best Of Cream Rock  15What Are Their Names 4:14 David Crosby If I Could Only Remember My Name Rock  10Power To The People 3:17 John Lennon The John Lennon Collection Rock 60 7Lost In A Lost World 4:47 The Moody Blues Seventh Sojourn Rock  24Revolution 1 4:16 The Beatles The Beatles (White Album) [Disc 2] Rock  12Get Together 4:39 The Youngbloods Forrest Gump [Disc 2] Soundtrack  9Let’s Work Together (Let’s Stick Together) 3:12 Canned Heat Uncanned! The Best Of Canned Heat [Disc 2] Blues  16Everyday People 2:21 Sly & The Family Stone Stand! R&B  12Volunteers 2:08 Jefferson Airplane Forrest Gump [Disc 2] Soundtrack  16Peace Train 4:08 Cat Stevens Tea For The Tillerman Rock  11Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) 3:17 Marvin Gaye Command Performances-15 Greatest Hits R&B  42Fortunate Son 2:21 Creedence Chronicle Rock  14Brothers In Arms 4:55 Dire Straits Sultans Of Swing [Disc 1] [Special Edition] Rock  18Sky Pilot 7:31 Eric Burdon & The Animals The Best Of Eric Burdon & The Animals (1966-1968) Rock  12Livin’ Thing 3:31 Electric Light Orchestra ELO’s Greatest Hits Rock  21Dust In the Wind 3:25 Kansas ’70s Greatest Hits Pop  20Money 6:32 Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon Rock  6Money Talks 4:18 J.J. Cale Special Edition Rock  9Taxman 2:39 The Beatles Revolver Pop  14Won’t Get Fooled Again 8:33 The Who Who’s Next (Remastered) Rock  9Stand! 3:08 Sly & The Family Stone Stand! R&B  6Fly Like An Eagle 3:05 Steve Miller Band Greatest Hits 1974-78 Rock  7Higher Ground 3:43 Stevie Wonder Innervisions R&B  43Where The Streets Have No Name 4:37 U2 The Best Of 1980-1990 Rock  11Talking About a Revolution 2:32 Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman Rock  29Imagine 3:04 John Lennon Imagine Rock  8Earth Song (Remastered) 6:46 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson’s This Is It (The Music That Inspired the Movie) Pop  24When We Stand Together 3:11 Nickelback Here and Now Rock  5Livin’ In a World (They Didn’t Make) 4:41 Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation 1814 Pop  9Give Me Some Truth 3:17 John Lennon Imagine Rock  12

  • Melissamona

    “I Keep Faith” Billy Bragg  is missing….so is anything by Dick Gaughan

  • anna phylaxis

    “This Land is Your Land” is great, unless of course you are indigenous to North America, in which case it is yet another well-intentioned but ignorant slap in the face.

  • Melissamona

    Everything John Trudell ever said…

  • Lkingxep

    Solo Le Pido a Dios – Mercedes Sosa, 
    El Hormiguero – Calle 13

  • Richard L.

    How could  you leave out Berry McGuires’ Eave of Distruction? 

  • Eleanor Uhl

    There are so many songs and so many singers, When I was born  the sounds of  the Union movement and the civil rights movement filled my life, I grew up hearing songs of the Anti-war movement of the 60’s. My first influences would have been Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, Later would be Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Peter Paul and Mary. 21 songs is barely a taste of the music of the many movements of our lives.

  • Critterhollow

    Please don’t forget Pete Seeger’s Waist Deep in the Big Muddy.He has been an inspiration to me my entire life.

  • Cora Michael

    Brave Bombadier  by Boiled in Lead on “Orb”

  • ray

    any thing by David Rovics, he has a great new song for the Occupy Movement that I heard him sing and the title is something like we’re going to stay right here or stay right here – also Phil Ochs songs and Masters of War by Bob Dylan and of course Solidarity Forever

  • SoCalJohnnie

    Bob Dylan “Workingman’s Blues #2″  from Modern Times

    “Meet me at the bottom, don’t lag behind…bring me my boots and shoes”

    “You can hang back or fight your best on the front line…sing a little bit of these workingman blues…”
    “Some people never worked a day in their life, don’t know what work even means…”

  • Augur Kythe


    The song ‘Evil Wears a White Coat’ assails and satirizes the ‘only-profit-matters’ system of Industrial Medicine, crying out against the widespread abuses causing harm to real human beings and against the ongoing Hell suffered by patients in pain untreated (or undertreated) by those who claim to be our ‘Healers’…  

    This song is an attempt to give voice to those suffering from an uncaring, and all too frequently hostile, and dehumanizing system of “Medicine”. 

  • Augur Kythe

    the ‘Evil Wears a White Coat’ song has a FREE link at the bottom of the page


  • Lcol7

    My favorites also include ” Redemption Song”, and ” So Much Trouble in the World” both by Bob Marley, ” Winter in America” by Gil Scott-Heron, and “Harvest for the World” by the Isley Brothers. Now I will probably think of 10 more…….

  • Jaypdee98

    I guess this will date me.  I remember Peter, Paul and Mary  in Central Park on June 12, 1982 at the big rally supporting the Second UN Special Session on Disarmament and calling for a freeze on nuclear weapons.  One or more of the three was always at protests of US military involvement in Central America and Paul wrote a song about that issue.  Most recently heard Paul at a Cornell reunion in 2009 and he had an audience of all ages singing along with some of the traditional protest songs of the 70’s and 80’s that are classics to many of us who were active and arrested in those decades and to younger activists as well.  “If You’ve Been to Jail for Justice” — I could qualify but I did not get a chance to shake his hand!   

  • mostlyharmless

    The Door’s “Five to One” …The old get old And the young get stronger May take a week
    And it may take longer They got the guns But we got the numbers Gonna win, yeah
    We’re takin’ over

    And of course “Working Class Hero”

  • Megb8454

    My favorites include “For What It’s Worth” by the Buffalo Springfield, and “War Pigs” by Black Sabbath. 

  • Billie Preston

    “Bail out those Wall Street Bankers
    And prop up AIG
    Don’t let them all go bankrupt… like I did
    I know they’re too big to fail, and I’m too small to save,
    Now I’ve lost my home my sub-prime loan provided.”
    a song by Robin Roberts, from Norwich KS,
    sung by Robin Roberts, playing banjo, and Billie Preston, playing guitar.

  • Harold

    Working man/no where to go by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 1988 but oh so right-on today.

  • Judygranny

    You’ve got to add: Pete Seeger’s “Banks of Marble”  Can’t believe you left Pete off your list!

  • Judygranny


  • Hezhtur

     Definitely Country Joe and Fish, “Fixin to Die Rag”!

  • lfl

    No Phil Ochs??  How can this be?  At the very least “I Ain’t A-Marchin’ Anymore” should be up there!

  • Pamela Olsen

  • Phannie K

    “I Ain’t Marchin’ Anymore” – Phil Ochs

  • Mitchjf

    “Just like a tree just standing by the water, WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED”  (last 4 words are the title)  One of my favorites from the ’60s picket line days.

  • Jackzittere

     I’d love to change the world…………..by TEN YEARS AFTER….

  • GretchenA

    War on the Workers by Anne Feeney

  • Hezhtur

    Country Joe and the Fish, “Feel Like I’m Fixin to Die”

  • Kate Maloy

    The Strangest Dream, written by Ed McCurdy in 1950 and sung here–http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZU-9TBP2NY–by Pete Seeger. Official song of both the Peace Corps and VISTA. It’s a Peace song that always makes me teary.

  • Mattkaz

    “We Can’t Make it Here Anymore” by James McMurtry… don’t know if it’s really a protest song, but I consider it to be one… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv0q3cW3x1s

  • http://twitter.com/kraut1701 Jonah Krautter

    I love Rage, but why is “Sleep Now in the Fire” on here? If anything, it should be “Killing in the Name.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tammy-Satter/1024404512 Tammy Satter

    Peter,Paul +Mary-“Blowing In the Wind.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/bpowell170 Barb Powell

    When I was part of a group that sang some of these songs years ago, we always would merge “Ohio” with “Find the Cost of Freedom.” Ohio would fade into Find the Cost. It was always incredibly powerful that way …

  • Allank

    Something in the Air by Thunderclap Newman and Crystal Blue Persuasion by Tommy James and the Shondells

  • Anonymous

    “We Can’t Make It Here” by James McMurtry
    brilliant live performance of it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At_ay6WEgGg

  • Karyl Severson

    Iris Dement’s song “Wasteland of the Free” should definitely be on the next list.

  • DECoxPhoto

    “Bells of Rhymney,” lyrics from the Welsh poet Idris Davies and sung by Pete Seeger, probably from his days with the Weavers, and also recorded by The Byrds.

  • Isbell Tom1

    There’s a hole in Daddy’s arm, where all the money goes.  Damn it.

  • Ssschnipper

    Banks of Marble by either the Weavers or Pete Seeger could not be more for this particular moment:

    I echo others’ remarks regarding the absence of Phil Ochs and Rchard and Mimi Farina.

  • 44monterey

    The Universal Soldier, – Buffy Sainte-Marie (five stars)
    Damn you Masters of War, – Bob Dylanand the U Tube, “I road in a plane, I road in a truck, I came to your house, and broke the door down …”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1417665302 Chris Brimmer

    Don’t Drink the Water, DMB; Handsome Johnny, Richie Havens; Talkin’ Bout a Revolution, Tracy Chapmann; Luck of the Irish, John Lennon; Now that the Buffalos Gone, Buffy St. Marie; Universal Soldier, Buffy St. Marie; Silver Spoon, Grace Slick.

  • Kilgore Trout

    “Mississippi goddam”–Nina Simone!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Drew Georgopulos

  • Jalfieri

    Malvina Reynolds “It Isn’t Nice”

  • Drichardson

    Oldtimers like me might suggest Joe Hill’s “Pie in the Sky” aka “The Preacher and the Slave” or Leadbelly’s “Bourgouis Blues”

  • Lapislapis10

    Why are these songs blocked out?

  • http://www.facebook.com/DaveMaciel David MySky
  • http://www.facebook.com/DaveMaciel David MySky


    “Common Sense” by Stackabones

  • Cbourin

    Include women please or this is part of the problem.

  • Anonymous

    “Ball of Confusion” by the Temptations

  • Lindyatoms

    Pink Floyd’s “The Dogs of War”

  • Ann

    “For What Its Worth”  Buffalo Springfield

  • Not buying

    Billy Bragg – ‘To Have And To Have Not’

    This song makes me smile and could be an anthem for anybody who is content with being working class (not everybody has hopes of being rich).

    Billy Bragg – ‘There Is Power In A Union’

    More Bragg love, just a man and his guitar… and an amplifier.

  • Arlene Tilly

    Crosby, Stills, and Nash, “Signs, Signs, Everywhere Sign”. Guess Who “American Woman” and I forgot until I saw someone else post it Berry McGuires “Eave of Destruction”.

  • Kevinquinn

  • Kevinquinn

    http://youtu.be/j4vwGxmhFOcNew Orleans.  A song about the aftermath of Katrina

  • Larson Annie

    People Have the Power by Patti Smith

  • Jasconley

    “Your flag decal won’t get you into heaven anymore”

  • http://www.facebook.com/lindy.atoms Lindy Atoms
  • http://www.facebook.com/lindy.atoms Lindy Atoms

    Pink Floyd’s “The Dogs of War.”

  • Guest
  • ChuckieD

    Soldier Of Plenty by Jackson Browne and Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore or Sam Stone by John Prine

  • Dvktech

    I would suggest the song “Hard Times” by well known Cowboy songwriter Don Edwards. 

  • Alan Bromborsky

    You should consider doing a posthumous show on Utah Phillips. See link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_Phillips
    Just check out the discography at at the wiki site.

  • Guillaumz

    How about “Mal bicho” of the Fabulosos Cadillacs

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=581099982 Gerard Eisenberg

    Holly Near “Singing for our lives”   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=johabhyURIw

  • James Manning

    Hi Bill, how about “We Are The Many” by Makana.

    We Are The Many
    Lyrics and Music by Makana
    Makana Music LLC © 2011

    We Are The Many

    Ye come here, gather ’round the stage
    The time has come for us to voice our rage
    Against the ones who’ve trapped us in a cage
    To steal from us the value of our wage

    From underneath the vestiture of law
    The lobbyists at Washington do gnaw
    At liberty, the bureaucrats guffaw
    And until they are purged, we won’t withdraw

    We’ll occupy the streets
    We’ll occupy the courts
    We’ll occupy the offices of you
    Till you do
    The bidding of the many, not the few

    Our nation was built upon the right
    Of every person to improve their plight
    But laws of this Republic they rewrite
    And now a few own everything in sight

    They own it free of liability
    They own, but they are not like you and me
    Their influence dictates legality
    And until they are stopped we are not free

    We’ll occupy the streets
    We’ll occupy the courts
    We’ll occupy the offices of you
    Till you do
    The bidding of the many, not the few

    You enforce your monopolies with guns
    While sacrificing our daughters and sons
    But certain things belong to everyone
    Your thievery has left the people none

    So take heed of our notice to redress
    We have little to lose, we must confess
    Your empty words do leave us unimpressed
    A growing number join us in protest

    We occupy the streets
    We occupy the courts
    We occupy the offices of you
    Till you do
    The bidding of the many, not the few

    You can’t divide us into sides
    And from our gaze, you cannot hide
    Denial serves to amplify
    And our allegiance you can’t buy

    Our government is not for sale
    The banks do not deserve a bail
    We will not reward those who fail
    We will not move till we prevail

    We’ll occupy the streets
    We’ll occupy the courts
    We’ll occupy the offices of you
    Till you do
    The bidding of the many, not the few

    We’ll occupy the streets
    We’ll occupy the courts
    We’ll occupy the offices of you
    Till you do
    The bidding of the many, not the few

    We are the many
    You are the few

  • Scammo

    “Where have all the flowers gone?” and “Solidarity Forever”.  Plus, “You can’t scare me, I’m stickin’ to the union”.

  • A. Hewes

    Yes, this is my #1 favorite. This is my choice for all elementary school students in America to sing at the annual PTA meeting! If Kate’s URL doesn’t connect…I haven’t clicked it yet, the lyrics are otherwise readily accessible online.

  • Chris

    Joe Hill. Ronnie Talk to Russia, Prince. This Little Light of Mine, Betty Mae Fikes. Ella’s Song, Sweet Honey in the Rock.

  • Nancy

    Bread and Roses (feminist movement), Flowers of the Forest, Something in the Rain (environmental justice ..Tish Hinajosa), Flag of the Sun (Tish Hinajosa), There were Roses

  • Nancy

    Yes, yes , yes!

  • Librarianeric

    Once upon a time there was a band called the Clash who wrote some of the greatest protest songs of any era. 

    It’s rather pathetic no one here seems to have heard of them or feels their work merits placement on this list.

  • Joena Bennett1

    You Haven’t Done Nothing by Stevie Wonder

  • Felliniquilter

    Good choices.  But there was another CSN&Y  (they called themselves the Buffalo Springfield then) song that was also a great one–and one that the students at University of Texas (where I went) sang and marched to: For What It’s Worth.  (Something’s happening here…what it is ain’t exactly clear…people what’s that sound? Everybody knows what’s going down….”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1533175621 Melody Reed

  • Donna

    No one can talk about protest songs without mentioning that great supporter for social justice, Phil Ochs–all his songs touch me, but I guess if I had to pick one, I would say “I Ain’t Marching Anymore”   

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brad-Lang/1016514317 Brad Lang

    No Phil Ochs? The greatest writer of protest songs who ever lived. The list isn’t complete without “I Ain’t a-Marchin’ Any More,” for one.  I would also choose “Masters of War” rather than “The Times…” as a Dylan protest song.  How about Tom Lehrer? I guess people have short memories! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brad-Lang/1016514317 Brad Lang

    A great list, but since I don’t see any Phil Ochs on the list, I would urge you to listen to some of his songs, particularly “I Ain’t a-Marchin’ Any More” and “The Marines Have Landed…”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brad-Lang/1016514317 Brad Lang

    Phil Ochs was the best!  I also loved Richard and Mimi. Ochs’ and Farina’s early deaths have caused them to be mostly forgotten by younger people. The Mothers’ first three albums were great howls of protest about modern life, particularly the American Pageant, which I once memorized in its entirety. “Life’s a ball, I run the world from city hall!”  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brad-Lang/1016514317 Brad Lang

    Phil Ochs’ “I Ain’t a-Marchin’ Anymore.” Listen to his brief comment at the beginning of the song.  Very relevant given what’s happening in Chicago! 

  • Stephen Karr

    As a proud Canadian, I want to put forward one of several songs I could have put I could have suggested by Vancouver musician Matthew Good.

  • SpacewaysTravel

    “I Can’t Write Left Handed” — by the great Bill Withers, and the John Legend/Roots version is amazing as well.  
    “Wake Up Everybody” — Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. 
    “The Harder They Come” — Jimmy Cliff 
    “Over Your Head” — NRBQ
    “Lost in the Supermarket” — the Clash
    “Money Go Round” — The Style Council
    “The Money Shuffle” — Richard Thompson
    And of course “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” by Marvin Gaye and “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy!
    Great topic! I enjoyed the interview with Tom Morello immensely.

  • Steve

    Masters of War by Bob Dylan

  • Nrudd

    We Weren’t Born to Follow by Bon Jovi,  WAR by Bill Withers, Eve of Destruction by Barry
    McQuire,  We Are the World 25 – Aid for Haiti AND  We Are the World – Aid for Africa, try playing F**k the Police – NWA and Public Enemy – Fight the Power TOGETHER,  Sir Elton John’s Mona Lisas and MadHatter’s ( 1 & 2) AND Bridge Over Troubled Waters…..many more

  • David Kannerstein

    Here’s a song I wrote to protest Bill Clinton’s reversal on national health care, recently revived to support the Occupy Wall Street movement.  A friend uploaded visuals to go with it.  Hope you like it!

    David Kannerstein


  • Truprice

    They include Folsom Prison Blues, a fine song that has absolutely nothing to do with protest, and leave out all of Phil Ochs?  They should get a musician on the staff! (for the Ochs fans, I really like the Power and the Glory, among his many)  And Pete Seeger had some great ones – the big fool said march on


  • Mlpmlp

    Elsalvador – PeterPaul and Mary – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkQZOOMIncQ

  • Siegelg

    Yellfire – Michael Franti

  • L Sawyer

    ‘I feel like I’m fixin’ to die rag’, Country Joe and the Fish.  ‘Civil War’ by Guns N’ Roses

  • Lyn

    The Universal Soldier by Buffy Ste. Marie

  • Nrudd

    Yeah, I havve Country Joe and the Fish  ‘I feel like…..to die rag”,  I forgot to add that one.  Shot Gun Blues….I’ll check the other’s.  This is great…thanks! 

  • Nrudd

    Definitely Pete Seeger…I raised my son’s on Pete Seeger

  • Nrudd

    Another on my iPod…Cat Steven’s Peace Train ( He is currently a Muslim that was DETAINED in New York after 9/11)….boy was he ‘angry’ about that and the 2 days and nights he spent in jail!

  • Sharon Abreu

    Hi – I’ve got some protest and peace songs on YouTube and on my websites. I’d love it it you’d check them out. Thanks and peace, Shar

    Renewable energy parody of “One Fine Day” at Occupy the EPA (March 30, 2012). Also “Give the People Back Their Homes” and “Bring Our Billions Home”:

    Please Don’t Call It Theater When You’re Talking About War:

    Still Asking Why (in support of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth):

    It’s Time for Peace:

    Songs and video excerpts from my climate change shows are here:

    The Climate Monologues: http://www.ClimateMonologues.com – song “The Third Day”

    Penguins on Thin Ice: http://www.PenguinsOnThinIce.com – song “Goodbye Oil”

    More songs here: http://www.irthlingz.com – Check out Fear, Change in the Climate, Department of Peace Bop, etc.

  • Sharon Abreu

    PP&M were so great. This is not exactly a protest song, but did you ever hear Peter Yarrow’s song (co-written with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil) “Sweet Survivor” from the early 70s? It’s a beautiful song that encourages us to keep going. I’ve been singing it a lot since the post-9/11 invasions and occupations started.

  • http://www.facebook.com/groups/118935031458271/ Davidswilson

    What? Ignore Tom Paxton, Arlo Guthrie, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Phil Ochs, Len Chandler, Peter LaFarge. Clearly you slept through the ’60s or were not around…

  • Sharon Abreu

    Tom Lehrer sure had some of the best. I’m a big fan of using humor to deliver difficult messages. He was brilliant at it.

  • Sharon Abreu

    Yeah! Please see my entry posted tonight with a bunch of originals. There are other great protest singer-songwriters that are not so well known, like my friend Heather Lev, who wrote a great songs like “Critical Mass” and “You Never Have to Stand Alone” and the duo Emma’s Revolution, Pat Humphries and Sandy O. Also, there’s Bev Grant and Colleen Kattau.

  • Sharon Abreu

    It’s a great one. My partner Mike Hurwicz and I just sang it for a Mother’s Day for Peace event. It was our first song and people had just returned from a march. We did it softly and slowly, and indeed, there were tears. I love protest songs like this that are really a catharsis, an opportunity to help people experience healing.

  • Sharon Abreu

    It is a great song. Anne’s got a bunch of great songs!

  • Sharon Abreu

    Yes, David Rovics’ song “We’re Going To Stay Right Here” is a really good one. Terry Sherven has another great Occupy anthem, “Can You Hear” – you can check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDp2KLhshMw. We met him at Occupy Seattle on Oct. 15.

  • Sharon Abreu

    Y Duerme Negrito tambien.

  • Sharon Abreu

    Oops – Forgot to mention Anne Feeney here. Also, the Raging Grannies have fabulous parodies, like “Fraud’s What It’s All About” sung to the Hokey Pokey.

  • Sharon Abreu

    Tom Paxton is a great one. One that pops to mind is “I’m Changing My Name to Chrysler” – funny and powerful.

  • Brenda Gilbert

    Heavy Metal band, Queensryche,  incorporates lots of political and social issues into their music.  Some fine examples are the songs “Empire”,  and “Resistance”.  I would love to see front man, Geoff Tate, in a Bill Moyers interview!

  • Michael Burchak

    Bob Dylan – “When the Ship Comes In”

  • Sharon Abreu

    I’m not familiar with Peter LaFarge but I know all the others definitely belong on the list.

  • Sharon Abreu

    The renewable energy parody is also an anti-nuke parody, btw.

  • Rev. Meredith Ann Murray

     I love Sharon and Michael’s music – promoting peace, justice and environmentalism.  Very inspired and professional!!

  • OldLeftie

    If you consider “Folsom Prison Blues” a protest song, then you need to include “Down in the Boondocks”.
    If you are considering songs that have never been translated into English, you cannot omit
    “L’estaca” by Lluis Llach, which has for decades been an anthem of European resistance. You also might consider interviewing Llach before he dies.

  • Mike Devine

    here is the link to a song written in support of the occupy movement

    it is a real good one

  • Siegelg

    The Revolution Starts Now – Steve Earle

  • Anonymous

    How could Bill leave out Jackson Browne? He use ‘Lives in the Balance’ for a documentary. So I would add that one and two more. Patti Smiths, ‘People Have the Power,’ and my new favorite, !Outernational’s ‘Fighting Song.’ It’s a trifecta of  protest in music.

  • Angineff

    i wrote a song about a friend’s experience as a long time resident of California, though undocumented. her detainment with her husband and 5 year old son in Las Vegas, Nevada shook me to the core and i had to sing about it:

  • Mary Anne Smith

    Imagine by John Lennon
    War/No More Trouble _ Bob Marley

  • MarianGB

     I like this:

    The Climate Monologues: http://www.ClimateMonologues.c… – song “The Third Day” , bith the message and the performance.

  • Literarypen

    I’ve always liked:

    For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield
    Signs by The 5 Man Electrical Band
    most anything by Phil Ochs

  • Nannydog

    Lay down performed by Melanie Santa was one of my favorites too. Love this list. It was always my dream to become a protest singer.

  • Joliverr

    Antibalas – Who is This America?
    2010 Ropeadope

  • Zantipio

    Charles Mingus: “Oh, Lord, Don’t Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me.”

  • taylorbad

    “When The Ship Comes In”  Bob Dylan.  Sorry to get t’ the party late.

  • Hellerc

    I am surprised that NO ONE has noticed this gifted young fellow from Hawaii.  Check out his Protest Song to the President:file:///Users/cheller/Desktop/Makana%20Protest%20Song%20%22We%20are%20the%20Many%20Not%20the%20Few%22.webloc

  • Uwsupergirl

    Last Night I had the Strangest Dream-written by Ed McCurdy, sung here: http://youtu.be/AZU-9TBP2NY by Pete Seeger and of course Where Have All the Flowers Gone, and Little Boxes. I guess I’m a Pete Seeger nut!

  • jean fasano

    Joe Hill

  • http://twitter.com/justbeamensch justbeamensch

    How about “The Big Muddy” by Pete Seeger

  • Stevieknicks

    The idea that someone could develop a list of top “protest” songs and not include anything by Phil Ochs is totally ridiculous. Ochs was the master. Tom Morello mentioned Ochs as one of his inspirations during his interview with Bill Moyers, but I guess that doesn’t count for much…. Hey look, Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” is a top protest song. Who knew?! Lol.

  • Robert Fisher

    This song should be on your list?????


  • Tubbjay

    An oversight is no reason to be condescending, Ochs is great and “what’s Going On” is definitely a protest song, listen to the lyrics. I am glad for the list, perhaps it will inspire more protest songs, like the ones by Stepan Said…

  • Jaime

    SKA-P – El vals del obrero (the worker’s song)

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.schindling Eric Schindling

    War,,,By Edwin Starr

  • Allank

    Share the Land by the Guess Who

  • Luvcloud

    Neil Young- Keep on Rocking in the Free World

  • Anonymous

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1bufYKsmsw&w=420&h=315 Here is a song that I wrote when I wondered how the hell I could afford my diabetic supplies..called “Someday I’m Gonna Need Insurance”. I hope it plays as well for you as it has done for me. And one more thing..”God Love Bill Moyer”. I have no idea how your supposed to get there from here if the directions don’t get you there..if not go to David Devine YouTube: “Insurance Song” and “This Land is Your Land” with my neice on Ukelele, and “Crayzee” an attempt to hold onto my sanity
    with humour and self understanding these sad and unsettling times.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Connor/100000777674649 Chris Connor

    Enjoyed listening to the above, however why no Billy Bragg who’s not that long ago recorded Woody songs & Jackson Brown who’s songs are also political – both more so than the above.

  • Sylvia

    Say it agin!

  • Karen Winner

    A new protest folk song on youtube — “See Mitt Run” to try to help the President

  • Natasha

    Habeas Corpus/Home at Bay http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf_yWqQvzzM by Univer Soul

  • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.t.howard Samuel Taylor Howard

    “Where have all the flowers gone?”

  • http://www.facebook.com/kaye.armstrong.3 Kaye Armstrong

    Bob Dylan’s “The Times They are Changing”

  • monTe micHel bLeu

    “Trouble Coming Every Day” by The Mother’s of Invention has been the most overlooked and underappreciated social commentary in song for nearly 50 years. And it (like any great protest song) is every bit as relative today as it was then.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.geers.7 John Geers

    Phil Ochs, I Ain’t a Marching Anymore http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5pgrKSwFJE

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.geers.7 John Geers

    Absolutely correct.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marci-Weber/761578744 Marci Weber

    what about the clash ??? sandanista and charlie don’t surf, guns of brixton?

  • Anonymous

    Country Joe McDonald & The Fish – Vietnam song.

  • SteveF

    How about Phil Ochs? “I Ain’t a Marchin’ Any More.”

    The power of his protest songs is too stunning to forget. Those of us that have been through this before never will!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marci-Weber/761578744 Marci Weber

    u2 sunday bloody sunday?

  • http://www.facebook.com/eileen.joyce.125 Eileen Joyce


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001330942344 Michael Dermot O’Brien

    The Green Fields of France

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasmine.paisley Jasmine Paisley

    one way by the levellers and fortunate son by ccr at least today…

  • http://www.facebook.com/molly.k.roberts.3 Molly Kemmer Roberts

    Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

  • http://www.facebook.com/harry.leslie2 Harry Leslie

    I suggest John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero”!. I’m surprised it wasn’t here on this list already.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gary.j.fox Gary John Fox Jr.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TT8PFvaqc4 This song is called “Michael, Mohamed, and Emily”

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasmine.paisley Jasmine Paisley

    Love this live performance with the Edwin Hawkins Singers, who, of course, were on the studio version…

  • Fay

    “Freedom” by Bobby Darin

  • http://www.facebook.com/molly.k.roberts.3 Molly Kemmer Roberts

    War, What Is It Good For!

  • Franz Kitzberger

    Dylan’s ‘Masters of War’ still resonates.

  • http://www.facebook.com/juttamauekay Jutta Maue Kay

    John Prine’s “this flag decal won’t get you into heaven anymore……”
    Bob Dylan’s “Master’s of War” and “With God On Our Side” sung by Aaron Neville

  • Dorothy Raymond

    We Are A Gentle Angry People bu Holly Near

  • Susan Werb

    YES! Phil Ochs’ life work is certainly as relevant today as ever!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jean-Sutherland/594842540 Jean Sutherland

    Eve of Destruction

    Seems nothing much has changed in all these years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.roller.3 Steve Roller

    American Woman….The Guess Who

    Eve of Destruction….Barry Maguire

    Day Light Again….CS&N

    Sounds of Silence….Simon and Garfunkel

    Nowhere Man….The Beatles

    The Merry Minuet .. The Kingston Trio

  • Vivian Anderson

    If I had a hammer…

  • Doyle

    Surprised there is no Pete Seeger. His protest songs are legendary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisalynn61714 Lisa Lynn

    Brother, Can You Spare a Dime 1931 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovndTa7hQDE

  • Kathy Ralston

    “I Aint Marchin Anymore” Phil Ochs is missing I think

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasmine.paisley Jasmine Paisley

    Guns of Brixton definitely. Speaking of punk anything by X-Ray Spex…

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisalynn61714 Lisa Lynn

    Also NY -Love and War & Light a Candle.

  • Bibi

    It Ain’t Me – John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater

  • http://www.facebook.com/george.macdonald.313 George Macdonald

    Phil Ochs—“That’s what I want to hear”, “I ain’t a marching anymore”
    Buffy Sainte-Marie—“Now that the buffalo’s gone”
    Tom Paxton—“Buy a gun for your son”

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasmine.paisley Jasmine Paisley

  • http://twitter.com/CurtisLester Curtis Lester

    While it is more a song of hope than protest, I recommend Leonard Cohen’s Democracy Is Coming. http://womvegas.com/viral-youtube.php?w=462&id=20663

  • http://www.facebook.com/doorjelsma Door Jelsma

    To name a few…

    God Bless the Grass – Malvina Reynolds http://youtu.be/YRxvaVhVN7A

    Something Better Change – The Stranglers http://youtu.be/ohRbJJohv6Y

    Something Inside So Strong – Labi Siffre http://youtu.be/otuwNwsqHmQ

    Over My Dead Body – Jim Page http://youtu.be/kokHkOBroYo

  • dgmiller

    For What It’s Worth — Buffalo Springfield

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.streeter.3 Mark Streeter


  • http://www.facebook.com/comediankatrina Comedian Katrina Brown

  • Anonymous

    Here it is. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq3BYw4xjxE Even though it’s based on The Times They Are a’Changing, it has GREAT words (and passion)!!! Makes my arm hairs stand up!

  • smccabe

    Best protest song: “Allentown”by Billy Joel

  • ingersoll

    “It’s alright, ma (I’m Only Bleeding)” Dylan

  • PatHopper

    “What About Me?” – Quicksilver Messenger Service
    “War” – Edwin Starr
    “Sunshine” – Jonathan Edwards

  • Trae

    “One Tin Soldier” – Coven

  • BrightHeart

    One Tin Soldier and Blowing In the Wind!!!!

  • lex

    As much a lament as it is a protest song: Find the Cost of Freedom

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.christensen.9237 Bill Christensen

    Disappointed “I Feel Like I’m Fixin To Die Rag” by Country Joe and the Fish wasn’t on it.

  • Anonymous

    “Lives in the Balance” by Jackson Browne.

  • bella

    Times They Are A-Changing, Bob Dylan (1964)

  • kmw

    “Lives in the Balance” by Jackson Browne

  • http://www.facebook.com/joytowlesezell Joy Towles Ezell

    Mr. Peabody’s coal train –
    Your flag decal won’t get you into heaven any more –
    Where have all the flowers gone?
    My peace (Arlo Guthrie)
    Jesus loves the little children
    For What It’s Worth
    If I had a hammer
    Have you been to jail for justice?

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.roller.3 Steve Roller

    ….also Janis Ian’s “Society’s Child” and “17”

    “Big Yellow Taxi”….Joni Mitchell

    “Southern Man” Neal Young”

  • Anonymous

    Alice’s Restaurant — Arlo Guthrie

    Taxman — The Beatles

    Southern Cross — CSN

  • Paul

    “America” Jackson Browne

  • Thin-skinned

    Everything by Phil Ochs is missing – one of the most important protest troubadors of the 20th century. I would add “The Big Parade,” The Power and the Glory,” and so many more.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hank.schwenckert.9 Hank Schwenckert

    Woody Guthrie – Pastures of Plenty http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH2DJvgNlMA

  • PaulJ333

    Oh, how could you leave out “Where have all the flowers gone?” :(

  • Alaskano

    Try http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxiMrvDbq3s instead of the Woddy Guthrie link above…

  • bella

    Which Side are you On.

    Do You Hear the People Sing? (From Les Mis)

  • mikeohmich

    try the Internationale , re-written by Billy Bragg , the lyrics

  • Michael S

    “MONSTER/SUICIDE/AMERICA” by Steppenwolf is one of the greatest protest songs of all time, bar none!!! Made over 40 years ago, it’s even more relevent today! Don’t overlook this one because it’s an absolute GEM!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lsainpa Laura Arthrell

    Waist Deep in the Big Muddy by Pete Seeger

  • http://www.facebook.com/pam.gibson.94 Pam Gibson

    I have to say that you have missed one of the best protest singer-songwriters of our age—Bruce Cockburn. There are too many to name them all. But the first one to listen to is Tell the Universe and then This Is Baghdad from Life’s Short, Call now. Those are fairly recent ones but he has others going back over his 40 year career, including Nicaragua, Peggy’s Kitchen Wall and Lovers in a Dangerous Time from Stealing Fire. I also recommend Mines of Mozambique, Gavin’s Woodpile, KIt Carson, If I had A Rocket Launcher. and definitely check out Call It Democracy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cdjslp Cindy Dedmond Johnson

    Bloody Sunday by U2

  • Anonymous

    “For America?”

  • Anonymous

    You’re referring to “Fortunate Son” which is already on this list.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheezman33 Greg Froberg

    Barry McGuire “Eve of Destruction”

  • Ramona Kohrs

    I would like to suggest including a couple of protest songs about American Indians, e.g. Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “My Country “Tis of Thy People You’re Dying”, Peter La Farge’s “Drums” or “I’m an Indian I’m an Alien”. In terms of contemporary American Indian protest songs, there’s the Navajo band Blackfire! Plus there’s John Trudell’s wise and powerful spoken word poetry set to (mostly) blues with some Indian traditional chanting thrown in. All very worthwhile listening to!!!

  • Anonymous

    Oh Willie McBride it all happened again,
    and again
    and again
    and again
    and again . . .

  • http://www.facebook.com/PhyllisMurphyonIMDB Phyllis Murphy

    “God On Our Side” – Dylan. Just listened to it the other day and it is kick-ass!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bruce.henry.543 Bruce Henry

    Country Joe McDonald and the Fish. “I feel like I’m Fixing to Die” rag. Phil Ochs anything.

  • Anonymous

    “Who’ll Stop the Rain?” CCR
    “Deja Vu (all over again)” John Fogerty
    “Put Down that Weapon” Midnight Oil
    “If I had a Rocket Launcher” Bruce Cockburn
    “Biko” Peter Gabriel
    “I am a Patriot” Steve Earle
    “My Back Pages” Bob Dylan

  • felliniquilter

    Dylan’s Blowing in the Wind


    The “Fish” Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag
    by Country Joe McDonald
    on Woodstock
    Released: 1970-07

  • BlueIris

    “Ohio” CSNY

  • Mountaineer4ever

    Anthem by Hello People. Seen on Johnny Carson and the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

  • Barbara Howard

    I sure knew. I lived through Vietnam and the fight for civil rights in the sixties.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheryl.dymond.9 Cheryl Dymond

    good list, but i would add: ‘soldier’s joy’, johnny cash’s ‘man in black’, c,s,n ‘almost cut my hair’, ‘sign, sign, everywhere a sign’, simon & garfunkle ‘sound of silence’, billy joel, ‘alantown’ bruce, ‘born to run’, holly near, all of her songs! and paula seeger’s ‘i was gonna be an engineer'(apologies if i have any artist or song title wrong)

  • Ramona Kohrs

    Lila Downs did a great cover of that song on her album “La Linea” about the immigrant experience. Check it out!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheryl.dymond.9 Cheryl Dymond

    and i agree; #1 HAS TO BE ‘alice’s restaurant’!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1192867940 Lucinda Ritzschke Adams

    I love Joan Baez and her beautiful voice, but Strange Fruit with Billie Holiday is so powerful, I vote it the best

  • Ed Anderson

    Ed Anderson” Freedom Song” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty8Gm70Re1M

  • http://www.facebook.com/bruce.dean.33 Bruce Dean

    One Tin Soldier

  • http://www.facebook.com/deanna.garcia.52 Deanna Garcia

    Of course Rage Against the Machine songs. Ohio by CSNY has always been a my favorite. It has a historical value to this border Michigander Ohioan. The words very powerful. Though I was not born I can still feel and see the chaos over a stumble. A reminder to be careful on shaky grounds.

  • http://www.facebook.com/suzanne.walker3 Suzanne Walker

    I would add Pete Seeger’s “The Big Muddy”, DOnovan’s “Universal Soldier” and Buffalo Springfield’s “For What it’s Worth”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jc.walkerjr.9 J C Walker Jr
  • http://www.facebook.com/eugene.spuglio Eugene Spuglio

    Black Sabbath: WAR PIGS:

    Generals gathered in their masses

    Just like witches at black masses

    Evil minds that plot destruction

    Sorcerers of death’s construction

    In the fields the bodies burning

    As the war machine keeps turning

    Death and hatred to mankind

    Poisoning their brainwashed minds

    Oh lord yeah!

    Politicians hide themselves away

    They only started the war

    Why should they go out and fight?

    They leave that role to the poor

    Time will tell on their power minds

    Making war just for fun

    Treating people just like pawns in chess

    Wait ’till their judgment day comes


  • http://www.facebook.com/cheryl.dymond.9 Cheryl Dymond

    chain gang

  • bcola

    How can Phil Ochs not be on the list?

  • Tim Fallon

    I may be the only one but I always saw Bobby Goldsboro “Broomstick Cowboy” as a protest/ antiwar song!

  • Michael S

    Most of you people commenting here are not familiar with the music of Sixto Rodriguez, unless of course, you are from South Africa or Australia where he is an absolute legend!!

    Check out his first album “COLD FACT” for some very good protest songs, or better yet, go see the 2012 Academy Award winning documentary (Best Picture) “SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN”. Music affectionados will really love the true story of this Detroit native and his fabulous music. Success in the USA has been 40 years long overdue but it’s finally coming now and very well deserved.

    YOU WILL BE A RODRIGUEZ FAN if you see this film and listen to his music.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joan.hager1 Joan Hager

    Give Peace a Chance and This Land is Your Land – has to be a tie for me with Strange Fruit as the most powerful

  • Tim Fallon

    I agree, I still love to listen to it message!

  • http://twitter.com/Mike4891 Michael Richardson Ⓥ

    “Peace Sells” Megadeth

  • chuck

    Bob Seger’s “Two Plus Two Is On My Mind”

  • Deborah Carrino

    IMAGINE… one of the best protest songs ever writen

  • boumghar mohend

    If I Had A Rocket Launcher – by BRUCE COCKBURN

  • boumghar mohend

    Bullet the blue sky – by U2

  • Rosslyn Beeby

    Archie Roach – Took the Children Away……..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLXzKYP1uCw

  • Anonymous

    Fortunate Son……….the Rock Anthem against VietNam War….. Ohio….

  • Michael

    Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth
    And where is Phil Ochs?

  • michael

    oh Lord yes! How’d I forget that – be the first one on your block to have your boy come home in a box.

  • Chandra

    Waist Deep in the Big Muddy–Pete Seeger

  • Hank

    I love most of these songs and Strange Fruit is beyond a protest song, into a living novel of the times.
    There has been a war every singe year since the end of WWII, s Jimi has the mst pertinent and lasting song, I think, when it comes to war. He calls the people who make them happen EVIL, which is the most straightforward statement against it’s cause I’ve heard.
    Machine Gun by Jimi Hendrix
    The great song about the working, wage slavery and drudgery of life in the post-Industrial Revolutionary era, when we all became reuired to work to survive (now both parents must and get no more than one used to) and were tricked into thinking work equaled value and respect and that those who didn’t not only had no value but were, in fact, undesirable in society. That thinking absolutley permeates modern thinking in most developed nations and many third world nations. As true taday as it was when he was a boy and saw it, and long before.
    Working Class Hero by John Lennon

  • http://www.facebook.com/linda.dow2 Linda Dow

    All the songs of Joe Hill and the songs in the IWW Little Red Book.

  • Johnny Mu

    “Masters of War” Bob Dylan 1963. Somebody’s asleep at the wheel to overlook this one.

  • jan greer

    war good god ya’ll what is it good for?

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.mays.921 Robert Mays

    What about us?

  • Cope

    For What’s It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield

  • Anonymous

    “I ain’t marching anymore”

  • http://www.facebook.com/mdaczewitz Marc Daczewitz

    This is a great list, and lots of good additions. here’s more:

    us and them – pink floyd

    more of a funny one, but “shopping” by barenaked ladies

    masters of war – dylan

    don’t drink the water – dmb

    W.M.A. – pearl jam

    April 29, 1992 & date rape – sublime

    throw yo hands up – 8ball & mjg

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheryl.dymond.9 Cheryl Dymond


  • Brenda Meyerson

    “I ain’t a marching anymore” by Phil Ochs

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheryl.dymond.9 Cheryl Dymond

    ‘if you wanna end war and stuff, you gotta sing LOUD!’-Arlo

  • mikeohmich

    try Deportees (plane wreck at los Gatos) done by Billy Bragg words by Woody Guthrie music by Martin Hoffman

  • Tinabea

    “We Who Believe in Freedom,” Sweet Honey in the Rock; working link for American idiot link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee_uujKuJMI

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheryl.dymond.9 Cheryl Dymond

    ain’t gonna work on maggie’s farm no more

  • Elaine Morrison

    http://youtu.be/mS5bOPtxsxk – It’s in our hands, it depends only on us:

  • Guest

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS5bOPtxsxk&w=420&h=315 It’s in our hands, it depends only on us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheryl.dymond.9 Cheryl Dymond

    girls just wanna have fun

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheryl.dymond.9 Cheryl Dymond

    sinaed: emperor’s new clothes

  • http://www.facebook.com/patricia.e.hart.1 Patricia Ellen Hart

    Gald to hear Dylan again. I think his MOST potent protest song was “Only A Pawn in Their Game” along with “Blowin In The Wind” powerful lyrics!

  • Doug F

    “Business Goes on as Usual” by the Mitchell Trio. This was a protest about the attitude of the people that remained at home.

  • Ruth White

    “We shall not be moved”

  • Edwin P.

    Pete Seeger’s Where have all the flowers gone? Powerful, Personal and to the point.

  • Pat Baker

    “We Shall Overcome” Joan Baez
    “Give Peace a Chance”
    “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” Pete Seeger

  • http://www.facebook.com/elaine.harner.3 Elaine Harner

    “Imagine” – hands down this is the best

  • Nancy Lieber

    What happened to “Blowin’ In The Wind”? My fave. Can’t have 2 from Dylan?

  • http://www.facebook.com/tsteury Thomas Steury

    Great list. One not on the list is “Which Way Are You Goin'” by Jim Croce on his “Bad, Bad Brown and Other Favorites” CD. A Vietnam War protest song but the lyrics still ring true.

  • garage montage

    billy bragg – ideology (or half of the rest of his catalog)!

  • http://www.facebook.com/doorjelsma Door Jelsma

    Some more:

    There Is No Time – Lou Reed http://youtu.be/iPgB0QvzB9A

    What Are You Fighting For – Phil Ochs http://youtu.be/N93OCCBXGXc

    Talkin’ Bout a Revolution – Tracy Chapman http://youtu.be/7rZbvi6Tj6E

    Revolution – Nina Simone http://youtu.be/16a3BX-uV4k

    License To Kill (by Bob Dylan) – performed by Richie Havens http://youtu.be/JltNLkh03ME

    After The Garden Is Gone – Neil Young http://youtu.be/zqx0J_YnZvo

    Banks Of Marble – Pete Seeger http://youtu.be/x-o3CJytIPE

    This Little Light Of Mine – performed by Odetta Holmes http://youtu.be/cMaWsfLYQko

    Masters Of War (by Bob Dylan) – performed by Odetta Holmes http://youtu.be/38dOYW7-B0E

    Why We Build the Wall – Anaïs Mitchell ft. Greg Brown – http://youtu.be/iAgiK07Py9M

    I’d Rather Be Dancing (about Rachel Corrie) – Jim Page http://youtu.be/pTB1f_EW_Uw

  • http://www.facebook.com/nancy.l.nyman Nancy L. Nyman

    Can’t believe you didn’t have “Eve of Destruction” Or “Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag” Or “Sky Pilot”

  • Phyllis

    Phil Ochs, “I Ain’t Marching Anymore” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5pgrKSwFJE

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.j.soroczak Michael J. Soroczak

    I thought the Sounds of Silence should be up in there somewhere.

  • Russ Walsh

    I Ain’t Marching Anymore, by Phil Ochs

  • Margaret Hangan

    Sweet honey and the rock Let There be Peace


  • Margaret Hangan

    Ella’s song. Sweet Honey and the Rock. http://wn.com/Sweet_Honey_In_The_Rock__Of_Children#/videos

  • Anonymous

    Very moving. Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent list! I would also include the other ‘Zombie’, by the Cranberries:

    about violence in Northern Ireland.

    Also, the Australian band Midnight Oil has a huge number of songs raising awareness of current events, although ‘Beds Are Burning’ gets the most play in America:

    about reparations to the Aboriginal population.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rschleimer Robert R. Schleimer

    My sentiments exactly!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.zottola Mark A. Zottola

    Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire really deserves to be on the list. It’s amazing that a lot of the words written in the 60’s still apply today!

  • RandyB

    I remember them all…but I moved last year at the Madison Wisconsin protests…when we sang “Song Of Angry Men” from Les MIs

  • Karen Cooper

    I’m terrible at titles: Blowin’ in the Wind, If I had a Hammer, Where have all the flowers gone….

  • Randy Shannon

    Pirate Jenny by Nina Simone

  • http://twitter.com/rootswriter David Daniels

    I believe James McMurtry’s “We Can’t Make It Here” belongs right up there with the rest of them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cblurton Craig Blurton

    Solomon Burke – “None Of Us Are Free”

  • http://www.facebook.com/tom.hinkle.5 Tom Hinkle

    “Livin’ for the City” by Stevie Wonder, “Power to the People” by, again, John Lennon, and don’t forget Elvis “In the Ghetto.” Oh, and “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.

  • http://www.facebook.com/doorjelsma Door Jelsma

    And what about:

    Four Women – Nina Simone http://youtu.be/Nf9Bj1CXPH8

    Respect Yourself – The Staple Singers http://youtu.be/oab4ZCfTbOI

    Our Forgotten Towns – The Levellers http://youtu.be/Ucsqv4JWMuQ

    Price Of Grain – The Poison Girls http://youtu.be/HIPoKGQpkMU

    Power To The People – John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band http://youtu.be/Wos-dDxpJlQ

    People Have The Power – Patti Smith http://youtu.be/pPR-HyGj2d0

  • http://www.facebook.com/FE.peshick Frank Peshick

    blood on the wire…jackson browne

  • Joshua

    I can’t believe Phil Ochs isn’t mentioned on this list. It’s hard to find a song of his that isn’t a protest song. But if only one could be chosen, it would have to be “I Ain’t Marching Anymore.”

  • LLC

    Bob Marley: So Much Trouble in the World, Redemption Song, Rat Race

    Gil Scott-Heron : Winter in America

    Isley Brothers: Harvest For the World

  • http://www.facebook.com/lawrence.solorio.1 Lawrence Solorio

    For What It’s Worth…by Buffalo Springfield.

  • LSG

    Revolution – John Butler http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu6Dx–ABUI One man.. so much wisdom….

  • Waymajor

    I’d Love to Change the World…Ten Years After

  • Waymajor

    Copperhead Road, for sure, in this age of prohibition and war on people, the rise of cartels, it’s violence and the violences of privatized prisons/gov’t oppressors …

  • Jtim

    CCR’s Fortunate Son has always been a favorite of mine

  • Vallou18

    Muse : “Uprising”

  • http://www.facebook.com/stuart.mcdowall Stuart McDowall

    Organized capital is Great for America….Organized people not so much? Here’s my favorite protest song, All You Fascists Bound to Lose by Woody Guthrie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwcKwGS7OSQ

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.goldberg.90410 David Goldberg

    Masters of War Inner City Bluse

  • http://www.facebook.com/tomboniboi Tom Petrie
  • http://www.facebook.com/niall.macdonagh Niall MacDonagh

    Handful of earth by Dick Gaughan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6tGpyay0D4

  • Anonymous

    It’s Peggy Seeger, not Paula.

  • Anonymous

    Yes — that song totally captures how I felt being 1-A in 1969.

  • Anonymous

    Peter LaFarge’s “Ira Hayes.”

  • Carolyn H.Boyd

    I like “We Shall Overcome” !

  • Anonymous

    For sure. And everlasting gratefulness to the Smothers Brothers for getting Pete on their show to perform it.

  • Anonymous

    There is “Bourgeois Blues” by Leadbelly. He calls Washington DC “a bourgeois town.”
    Maybe it’s time to revive the song….

  • Rob

    …and the band played waltzing Matilda is the best

  • http://www.facebook.com/fthilgal Betty Chapman Paola

    Suggest Tom T. Halls, America the Ugly

  • MargaretinNJ


  • MargaretinNJ

    Great list, Cheryl.

  • WhatHappenedUSA?

    The last decade has seen the death of music. Hyper commercialization has destroyed our culture. There is no longer substance. Only bitches and hos.

  • Anonymous

    Beat Street Breakdown by DJ Melle Mel

  • Judygranny

    How can you leave out Pete Seeger’s “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy”?!!?? It would also be good to include “Danny Boy” or “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”.

  • Judygranny

    Especially the last verse!

  • Anonymous

    Send me your Money by Suicidal Tendencies

  • Judygranny

    Most timely would be: “Banks of Marble”

  • http://twitter.com/Brian_co2_350 Brian Anderson

    Dylan’s With God On Our Side

  • Anonymous

    Born in the USA
    Wasn’t That a Time by the Weavers

  • Anonymous

    Danny Boy, yes!

  • http://twitter.com/ZPvtuca PeterV

    Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War”

  • Anonymous

    Thank you. I always thought this was my own protest song.

  • http://twitter.com/Brian_co2_350 Brian Anderson

    Nina Simon’s “Backlash Blues” and “The Pusher”.
    Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released”.

  • Anonymous

    Beloved Comrade by Ronnie Gilbert at the beginning of this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVPbxqqNZk0

  • JohnPQ

    Notice almost all these songs are pre-2000. That is the year America died. We’ll never get it back. Music is and forever will be mere nostalgia.

  • Dawn

    Stevie Wonder’s “You Haven’t Done Nothin'”

  • http://www.facebook.com/hank.schwenckert.9 Hank Schwenckert

    Iris Dement – Wasteland of the Free http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYqDpL0YCvI

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000350817495 Patricia A. Marsh

    “One Day More” by Elaine Purkey

  • http://www.facebook.com/ruthanne.volz Ruthanne Volz

    One planet is turning by Charlie Murphy

  • scout

    Jackson Browne, Lives in the Balance

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001329932348 Ed Lucas

    Kevin Gilbert’s Goodness Gracious will fly under the radar for most folks but he was crafting this song on his own time when he wasn’t responsible for Sheryl Crow’s first hit (which was done next door at Bill Bottrell’s studio). 1993.

  • Marianne Mueller

    Go Down, Moses (exodus), We Shall Not Be Moved (perseverance), and Oh Freedom (freedom)



  • kathryn

    Nearly forgot one of my favourites from an almost forgotten singer – Jackson C Frank’s Don’t Look Back

  • http://www.facebook.com/terry.starks.52 Terry Moffitt

    http://youtu.be/w_AZmBT4wWI Steve Earle- INVISIBLE

  • train2cri

    masters of war

  • Dinsdale51

    Phil Ochs “Cops of the World”
    James McMurtry “We Can’t Make It Here Anymore”

  • andy hanson

    Dylan’s Oxford Town…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1257373115 Barbara Blough

    THANK YOU!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.smith.1614 Cindy Smith

    Janis Ian- “Dance with Me”, Joni Mitchell- “The Fiddle and the Drum”, Randy Newman- “Political Science”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.heithaus Eric Heithaus

    Here is a new Occupy protest song you might consider posting:

  • Doug Thayer

    Monster by Steppenwolf is pretty amazing and pretty relevant! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXP4tRUuqUY

  • Mike DePolo

    James McMurtry’s “We Can’t Make it Here Anymore.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/dmzora Danielle Zora

    MacFadden And Whitehead- “Wake Up Everybody”

  • bwobus

    I think “War” sung by Edwin Starr should be right up there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bruce.pellerin Bruce Pellerin

    An Environmental call to arms

  • http://www.facebook.com/grin.reefer Grin Reefer

    The Rocking Truth about hemp/marijuana in 3 min 20 sec

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cindy-Schneider/100000124886820 Cindy Schneider

    Takin it to the Streets! Doobie Brothers!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cindy-Schneider/100000124886820 Cindy Schneider

    Oh!!! and “Sunday, Bloody Sunday” and “Van Diemen’s Land”-U2

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.mead Andy Mead

    Vietnam Song by Country Joe and the Fish: http://youtu.be/xuUBCF3KKxc

  • MotherOf3

    Imagine, John Lennon

  • horsecrk

    eve of destruction Barry Mcguire

  • SheffboyRD

    Revolution Tracy Chapman

  • http://www.facebook.com/clemens.byron Byron Clemens

    . . . brilliant idea . . . Which Side Are You On?
    Whats Going On? Bob Marley, Pete Seeger, Beautiful soundtrack for the 99%

  • Susan Pastore

    Union Maid written by Woody Guthrie and sung by Pete Seeger

  • MacVeagh1682

    Country Joe McDonald, Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die

  • Lisa Betchey

    Neil Young – Four Dead in Ohio

  • Linda Sentz

    The Great Mandala with Richie Havens and Peter Yarrow

  • endievb

    Between the Wars by Billy Bragg: http://youtu.be/OYI8HBREvYY

  • http://twitter.com/Helen_Jonsen Helen

    If we are including Irish protest music, there will be many (Danny Boy has already been listed). I suggest: Tommy Makem’s “Four Green Fields” or “The Men Behind The Wire,” written and composed by Paddy McGuigan of The Barleycorn.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Weik/1594008197 Bruce Weik

    Pink had one of the best protest songs of all time, Dear Mr. President.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerry-Malan/1799169069 Gerry Malan

    Country Joe from Nam: One, two, three, what are we fighting for?

  • Robert Galperin

    How can you not have Bob Dylan’s “Blowin in the wind”? It has been a mainstay in every protest since it was written. You even showed it sung during the Sandy Hook Concert.

  • Jeff Roth

    David Rovics is the voice of anti-war movement in this country.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheryl.r.thomas Cheryl R. Thomas

    Where was “I am woman hear me roar?” Helen not ready?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1265611335 Mike Carpick

    “Remember My Forgotten Man” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzMy7-7WV44

  • SantaFeSolarGirl

    “For What It’s Worth” – Buffalo Springfield http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5M_Ttstbgs

  • http://www.facebook.com/danielclavery Daniel C. Lavery

    “Masters of War”- Bob Dylan
    “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” ”
    “The Times They Are A-Changin'” ”

    “Peace Train”- Cat Stevens
    “The Blue Bell of Scotland”-traditional Irish
    “Danny Boy”- traditional Irish

  • Charlene

    “Yell Fire” Michael Franti
    “If I had a Rocket Launcher” Bruce Cockburn
    “We Who Believe in Freedom” – Sweet Honey in the Rock
    “Carbon Monoxide” – Cake
    “Uprising” – Muse
    “Stay Human” – Michael Franti

  • Jim Manning

    I humbly request you include at least one song from singer/songwriter Ray Davies of The Kinks. He had two antiwar songs on The Kinks album Arthur, “Some Mother’s Son” and “Yes Sir, No Sir”.

    He also has a long list of protest songs about social change, a few of them being,
    Dead End Street http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0WPC-N3UYE
    Sunny Afternoon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1h1oRP7FfBw
    The Village Green Preservation Society http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bz8TEinQD24
    20th Century Man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrmQB38aT5U
    Here Come The People In Grey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXaY-YQpy5U
    Thanks. Better living through the Kinks.

  • Charlene

    Oh yeah, and for a laugh, Jimmy Fallon’s “Balls In Your Mouth”.

  • LizNOLA
  • http://www.facebook.com/doorjelsma Door Jelsma

    Good one :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/doorjelsma Door Jelsma

    Yep, great song for feeling the wind in the sails :) http://youtu.be/mzBBBrKfjIQ

  • http://www.facebook.com/doorjelsma Door Jelsma

    Great to see all the additions! It shows music keeps fuelling people. I would like to add some anti-nuke songs:

    Shut ‘um Down – Gil Scott-Heron http://youtu.be/LzlWEqFiMsM

    We Almost Lost Detroit – Gil Scott-Heron http://youtu.be/b54rB64fXY4

    Power – Peter, Paul and Mary http://youtu.be/oCt_aRB9ceU

    Barrel of Pain – Crosby, Stills, Nash http://youtu.be/XNVO9rVs-yE

    Radioactivity – Kraftwerk http://youtu.be/eaScyfSHc-Y

    Bellaruse – The Levellers http://youtu.be/I-TDINESqmU

    New Nuclear – Hattie Hatstar http://youtu.be/aPJXDPkrWEY

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.schaefer.104 Robert Schaefer

    Give the people what they want. Jimmy Cliff
    Some nights Fun.

  • http://www.facebook.com/doorjelsma Door Jelsma

    Money Grabber – Fitz and the Tantrums http://youtu.be/bb6cBKE3WzQ

    They Want It All – Crosby and Nash http://youtu.be/aWK0JpRgvJ4

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1089444509 Bob Muenchausen

    Try “Carry it on” by Joan Baez.. An old union organizing song that plays well for any protest trying to grow……

  • Petra van Goor

    Not to mention ‘Fields of Athenry’.

  • http://www.facebook.com/teresa.gray.9404 Teresa Gray

    3 songs come to mind not one, Disturbed – Another Way to Die http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vLXeU-u8SI, Linkin Park – The Catalyst http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bftTUAIVMUQ, & Edwin Star – War http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJOLH8WfCaY

  • mespe

    From a Distance – Nancy Griffith

    Monster – John Kay (Steppenwolf)

    For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield

    One Tin Soldier – Lambert & Potter

    Gimmie Shelter – Rolling Stones

    Who Do We Think We Are – John Legend

    Suicide is Painless – Johnny Mandel

    Sympathy for the Devil – Rolling Stone

    I’ll Fix Your Flat Tire Merle – Pure Prairie League

    How can we possibly forget If I Had a Hammer and Blowing in the Wind by Peter Paul & Mary

  • William C. Sweet

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.power.773 Michael Power

    The Vietnam Rag by Country Joe and The Fish

  • Bill Koukmenides

    I’ll have to
    add a few from Aus:

    I was only
    19 – Redgum:

  • Bill Koukmenides

    Treaty –
    Yothu Yindi:

  • Bill Koukmenides

    Solid Rock –

  • Bill Koukmenides

    Black Fella,
    White Fella: Warumpi Band:

    Ghosts Of
    Deir Yassin – Phil Monsour feat Rafeef Ziadah

    The Band
    Played Waltzing Matilda – Eric Bogle:

    When the
    Generals Talk – Midnight Oil:

    My Island
    Home – Warumpi Band:

    Song for
    Gaza 2012 No More Lies, No More Silence:

    Beds are
    Burning – Midnight Oil:

    Blue Sky
    Mining – Midnight Oil:

    Land – Yothu Yindi:

    Poor Ned –

  • Anonymous

    Johnny Cash’s “The Man in Black” and Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War” at least deserve honorable mentions.

  • Simon

    Really? Nothing by Phil Ochs?

  • CB

    John Prine’s “Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You into Heaven Anymore.”

  • J. Michael Short

    Tommy Sands’ “Your Daughters and Your Sons,” (preformed here by a great ensemble!

    There Were Roses, by Tommy Sands

    Si Kahn’s “What You Do With What You’ve Got” performed by Dick Gaughan

    Ed Pickford’s “Workers’ Song” performed by Dick Gaughan

    Ewan McColl’s “Thirty Foot Trailer” performed by Luke Kelly

  • Anonymous

    Working Class Hero-John Lennon

  • J. Michael Short

    And, Eric Bogle’s “No Man’s Land.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUzQ6Am-bbc

    Bogle’s “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda” performed by Liam Clancy

  • Kat Hay

    “Masters of War” (BD) deserves more than an honorable mention. Top slot would be appropriate. Then Bruce Cockburn, “Call it Democracy” for its brutal rip on the I.M.F. and Leonard Cohen “Democracy is Coming to the U.S.A.”

  • Michael Shea

    No mention of “Deportee” or “Do, Re, Mi” by Woody Guthrie?

  • Savialeigh
  • Mary Johanna

    Great list, my favorite is Marvin Gaye, still as relevant as ever. This one by Billy Joel is great as well.

  • Mary Johanna

    Leonard Cohen is turning 80 today and yes, Democracy is awesome. He is such a great writer.

  • TnkAgn

    “The Marines Have Landed on the Shores of Santo Domingo.” comes to mind. Saw Phil in concert, 1968.

  • TnkAgn

    Buffalo Springfield’s “For What it’s Worth.”

  • Mary Johanna

    Love this version of Pete Seegers song, she embodied protest in my early life.

  • Anonymous

    Or, how about, “I Ain’t Marching Anymore,” deliberately written as a protest song?

  • Vance Hawkins

    There are so many songs! “The Monster” — Steppenwolf. Anything by the Kingston Trio. “Busrider” The Guess Who.Melanie (1970s) had a song but I don’t remember the name. “Country Joe and the Fish — “And it’s 1,2,3,4 what are we fighting for? 5,6,7 open up the pearly gates. Ain’t no time to wonder why — whee we’re all gonna die.” Don’t remember the name of it but you get the gest. Woody had a song “Deportees” as relevant today as it was when he wrote it. He had others . . .

  • eddisc

    Patti Smith >>> POWER TO THE PEOPLE
    hon mem to P.G, SOLSBURY HILL

  • Simon

    Practically every song the man wrote was a protest song!

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t read all of the comments here, so some of these suggestions may be duplicates. They have been recorded by several people; I’ll mention a few. Here goes: 1). “Solidarity Forever” – Pete Seeger or U. Utah Phillips; 2). “We Shall Not be Moved” – Mavis Staples or Pete; 3). “Bread or Roses” – Bobbie McGee, Judy Collins, or Joan Baez.

  • Anonymous

    I would have preferred Springsteen’s “We Take Care of Our Own”

  • Anonymous

    Waist Deep in the Big Muddy, Pete Seeger; Universal Soldier, Buffy Ste. Marie; For What It’s Worth Buffalo Springfield. But awesome list. Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    Feel Like I’m Fixing to Die Rag. “Come on all of you big strong men.. Uncle Sam needs your help again… (And it’s Whoopee not whee) but great song —great choice.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s another suggestion: Seeger’s version of “Die Gedanken Sind Frei” – one of my favorites. How many of you know this?

  • Anonymous

    Or what about Si Kahn’s “Aragon Mill,” by him or Peggy Seeger? Or does it have too narrow a focus?

  • http://www.suzannepainter.com Suzanne Painter

    -Nickleback- Edge of the Revolution- Gotta go with the new one- hits the nail on the head.

  • Slaughter

    Feel Like I’m Fixing to Die Rag is the one I thought of — and one I showed my daughter a few weeks back.

  • Anonymous

    war. WAR WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? Absolutely NOTHING.

  • http://quiensabe.com/ Henry Halff

    Nothing from Phil Ochs?

  • Rod1148

    Nothing from Pete Seeger?

  • erik thorne

    For some reason Closing Time is my favorite song.

  • Neva Arlene Reece

    Ochs, Phil – There But for Fortune
    Seeger, Pete – If I Had a Hammer
    Reynolds, Malvina – Little Boxes

  • Charles Gradle

    For what it’s worth-Buffalo Springfield
    Imagine, Working Class Hero- John Lennon
    Joe Hill-Joan Baez
    Big Yellow Taxi-Joni Mitchell
    Hurricane-Bob Dylan
    After the Gold Rush-Neil Young
    Political Science-Randy Newman

  • Sparkadelic

    James McMurtry, We Can’t Make it Here

  • Anonymous

    Most anything by Phil Ochs

  • Paul

    Interesting the “The Revoluiton Will Not Be Teleivised” video has a disclaimer at the beginning aging “This video is not available in your country.” Irony as its best. Typical U.S. corporate-controlled media and now internet at its worst. Just what are they afraid of? Oh, that’s right. The people.

  • Anonymous

    Woody and “This Land is Your Land,” as long as it includes the verse not usually sung in elementary schools:

    “As I went walking I saw a sign there
    And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
    But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
    That side was made for you and me.”

  • Tim Burch

    “Freedom” by Amos Lee

  • Marilyn Bush

    Before the Deluge, Jackson Browne

  • Anonymous

    War by Edwin Starr and Eve of Destruction by Barry Mc Guire are glaring omissions from this list.

  • Rebecca Russell McFee

    The Great Mandala by Peter Yarrow. The most powerful antiwar song of any era.
    Performed by Peter, Paul and Mary.

  • Anonymous

    Country Joe and the Fish “Vietnam Song” (1 – 2- 3 , what are we fighting for..)

    and one of the earlist ones I remember, “Eve of Destruction” by Barry McGuire.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfZVu0alU0I

  • Anonymous

    The “Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag,” for sure. That song exactly captured the feeling of a whole lot of us in the ’60s. Also “Alice’s Restaurant.”
    The Preacher and the Slave (Pie in the Sky When You Die)
    Waist Deep In The Big Muddy

  • Paul Hefferon

    Any list of American protest songs cannot be complete without Mr. Phil Ochs being represented. He was the most prolific protest song writer of the sixties and is greatly missed today by many.

  • Jerry Siss

    I know Bruce is already on the list, but what about 21 shots

  • Anonymous

    “I Ain’t Marching Anymore,” for instance

  • Phil Kemp

    Leon Rosselson- The World Turned Upside Down
    Tom Robinson Band-Glad to Be Gay
    Heaven 17- We Don’t Need this Fascist Groove Thang
    XTC-Generals and Majors
    Peter Gabriel-Biko
    The Specials- Ghost Town
    Special AKA-Free Nelson Mandela
    Robert Wyatt-Shipbuilding

  • CountryKen

    and ‘Everybody Knows’ could fall into this category of songs. I don’t like the term ‘protest’ songs. They can be educational, topical, compelling, and make a strong social or political point, but they aren’t necessarily protesting anything specific.

  • Don Simms

    Listen to “Pretty Good Day So Far” by Louden Wainwright III. We are truly privileged to live here,,,,,,,, so far

  • Marianne Mathieson

    For What It’s Worth–Buffalo Springfield, written after students at Ohio State shot down by National Guard & Eve of Destruction–Barry Sadler (former Green Beret) written during Vietnam War—both apply sadly to today’s current conditions.

  • Anonymous

    Alas, Marianne, “For What It’s Worth” preceded Kent State by almost 4 years so it wasn’t written in response to it. FWIW was recorded in late 1966 and Kent State was the spring of 1970.

  • Denille Fleming

    ” Deportee” Joan Baez totally nails the immigrant crisis.

  • http://www.starwarstimeline.net/ thesithempire

    Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” is one of the great anti-war protest songs of
    any generation. “Electric Funeral” is a very potent anti-nukes song,
    and “Children of the Grave” a prescient call to nonviolent revolution.

  • http://www.starwarstimeline.net/ thesithempire

    And I agree that Phil Ochs almost entire catalog is protest songs! Whoever wrote this list should spend a little more time doing research.