Viewers’ Protest Song Playlist

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Bill Moyers’ interview with musician Tom Morello inspired us to compile a list of favorite protest songs. We then asked you to suggest your favorite songs, and you responded enthusiastically both on and on our Facebook page. Below, see your list — nearly 175 songs!

We also put these songs on a Spotify playlist that you can download and stream. [Warning to parents and teachers: Some songs contain profanity.]

Check out the full list in text below the playlist.


Moyers & Company Viewers’ Favorite Protest Songs

Arise, Amebix

The Economy Is Suffering … Let it Die, Anti-Flag

Respect, Aretha Franklin

Alice’s Restaurant Massacree, Arlo Guthrie

Let Them Eat War, Bad Religion

Better Way, Ben Harper

I Can’t Write Left-Handed, Bill Withers

Strange Fruit, Billie Holiday

I Keep Faith, Billy Bragg

To Have and Have Not, Billy Bragg

Between the Wars, Billy Bragg

War Pigs, Black Sabbath

Masters of War, Bob Dylan

A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall, Bob Dylan

Blowing in the Wind, Bob Dylan

Master of War, Bob Dylan

Lonesome Death of Hattie Carrol, Bob Dylan

Workingman Blues #2, Bob Dylan

Maggie’s Farm, Bob Dylan

God’s on Our Side, Bob Dylan

Small Axe, Bob Marley

Burnin’ and Lootin’, Bob Marley

So Much Trouble in the World, Bob Marley

2+2, Bob Seger System*

Simple Song of Freedom, Bobby Darin

Brave Bombadier, Boiled In Lead

Call It Democracy, Bruce Cockburn

If I Had a Rocket Launcher, Bruce Cockburn

Born in the USA, Bruce Springsteen

Cities Need Help, Buddy Guy

For What It’s Worth, Buffalo Springfield

Universal Soldier, Buffy St. Marie

Now That the Buffalo are Gone, Buffy St. Marie

El Hormiguero, Calle 13

Fabels of Faubus, Charles Mingus

Hatian Fight Song, Charles Mingus

The Cheer, Country Joe and the Fish

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

People Get Ready, Curtis Mayfield

Keep on Pushing, Curtis Mayfield

Move on Up, Curtis Mayfield

This Is My Country, Curtis Mayfield

We Gotta Have Peace, Cutris Mayfield

General Strike, D.O.A.

You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive, Darrell Scott

Stars and Stripes of Corruption, Dead Kennedys

Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits

Resist and Survive, Discharge

Hard Times, Don Edwards

The Gauntlet, Dropkick Murphys

The Strangest Dream, Ed McCurdy

War, Edwin Starr

One Day More, Elanie Purky**

Man of God, Eliza Gilkyson

White America, Eminem

Far From Home, Five Finger Death Punch

Winter in America, Gil Scott-Heron

Whitey on the Moon, Gil Scott-Heron

Chicago, Graham Nash

The Message, Grandmaster Flash

American Woman, Guess Who

Wake Up Everybody, Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes

I Am Woman, Helen Reddy

Hay Una Mujer Desparecida, Holly Near

Megalomaniac, Incubus

Let It Be Me, Indigo Girls

Wasteland of the Free, Iris Dement

Living in the Wasteland of the Free, Iris Dement

For America, Jackson Browne

Soldier of Plenty, Jackson Browne

Lives in the Balance, Jackson Browne

I Am a Patriot, Jackson Browne

We Can’t Make It Here Anymore, James McMurty

Volunteers of America, Jefferson Airplane**

The Harder They Come, Jimmy Cliff

Joe Hill, Joan Baez

Birmingham Sunday, Joan Baez

Pie in the Sky, Joe Hill**

Déjà Vu All Over Again, John Fogerty

Working Class Hero, John Lennon**

Luck of the Irish, John Lennon**

Gimme Some Truth, John Lennon

Imagine, John Lennon

Our Country, John Mellencamp

Sam Stone, John Prine**

Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore, John Prine

The Fiddle and the Drum, Joni Mitchell

Marat Sade, Judy Collins

Bourgouis Blues, Leadbelly

If I Had a Hammer, Lee Hays

Palaces of Gold, Leon Rosselson

The World Turned Upside Down, Leon Rosselson

Democracy, Leonard Cohen

We Are the Many, Makana

What Have They Done to the Rain, Malvina Reynolds

Isn’t It Nice, Malvina Reynolds

What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye

Innercity Blues, Marvin Gaye

Mercy Mercy Me, Marvin Gaye

In a World Called Catastrophe, Matthew Good

Driva Man, Max Roach

Garvey’s Ghost, Max Roach

American Ruse, MC5

Solo Le Pido a Dios, Mercedes Sosa

Hey World, Don’t Give Up, Michael Franti

Bring on the Change, Midnight Oil

Make Love F War, Moby and Public Enemy**

Uprising, Muse

Inconvenient Time, Nanci Griffith

Rockin’ in the Free World, Neil Young

I Wish I Knew How It Feels to Be Free, Nina Simone

Mississippi Goddam, Nina Simone

Eve of Destruction, P.F. Sloan/Barry McGuire

People Have the Power, Patti Smith

Ballad for Americans, Paul Robson

El Salvadore, Paul Stookey

Bring Them Home, Pete Seeger

L’Internationale, Pete Seeger**

Waist Deep in the Big Muddy, Pete Seeger

Hammer Song, Pete Seeger

The Big Muddy, Pete Seeger

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?, Pete Seeger

Bring Them Home, Pete Seeger

Banks of Marble, Pete Seeger

Bells of Rhymney, Pete Seeger

Biko, Peter Gabriel

No Easy Walk to Freedom, Peter Paul and Mary

Downpressor Man, Peter Tosh

Equal Rights and Justice, Peter Tosh

Great Mandala, Peter Yarrow

We Ain’t Marching Anymore, Phil Ochs

When I’m Gone, Phil Ochs

Cops of the World, Phil Ochs

The Dogs of War, Pink Floyd**

Shut ‘Em Down, Public Enemy

Fight the Power, Public Enemy

Whatcha Gonna Do About Me, Quicksilver Messenger Service

Killing in the Name, Rage Against the Machine

Bullet in the Head, Rage Against the Machine

Handsome Johnny, Richie Havens

Freedom, Richie Havens**

The Powers That Be, Roger Waters

Street Fighting Man, Rolling Stones

Big Money, Rush

No Banker Left Behind, Ry Cooder

Stand!, Sly & The Family Stone

Yell Fire, Spearhead

Monster, Steppenwolf

Suicide, Steppenwolf

Rich Man’s War, Steve Earle

He’s Misstra Know it All, Stevie Wonder

Alternative Ulster, Stiff Little Fingers

Blackbird, The Beatles

Revolution, The Beatles

The Patriot Game, The Clancy Brothers

Know Your Rights, The Clash

White Riot, The Clash

Washington Bullets, The Clash

Five to One, The Doors

Going Underground, The Jam

Running on the Spot, The Jam

People Got to Be Free, The Rascals

Ball of Confusion, The Temptations

Won’t Get Fooled Again, The Who

Something in the Air, Thunderclap Newman

Whose Garden Was This, Tom Paxton

Which Side Are You On?, Tom Paxton

Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution, Tracy Chapman

Sunday Bloody Sunday, U2

Close it Down, Wolfstone

Plane Wreck at Los Gatos, Woodie Guthrie

** Not available on Spotify list.

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