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Countable’s Political Playlist

by Herman | 3.2.18

In a recent Daily Countable, we asked if you had a favorite political song—some ditty to get you in the engaging-in-democracy mood.

The response was overwhelming.

There were, of course, classics by Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen, Marvin Gaye, and Bob Dylan. But you also suggested recent tunes: Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love,” My Chemical Romance’s “Teenagers.”

And you hit nearly every genre: country-western (“Not Ready to Make Nice”), industrial (“We Decide”), rap (“Don’t Shoot”), Broadway (“It’s a Hard Knock Life”), ska (“Take Back the Power”), American Gypsy punk (“Immigraniada”), Muppet (“Bein’ Green), and Australian political rock and roll (“Beds Are Burning”).

And so, without further exposition, here's the (exhaustive, in-no-ways concordant) compilation of your responses.

(Head's up: We didn’t censor suggestions—there are a few explicit tunes here.)

—Josh Herman

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  • Joanne
    03/03/2018
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    Thank you for this. You guys are awesome. First an incredible app and now an incredible playlist to go with it. Thank you Countable ❤️

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  • Susan
    03/04/2018
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    Check out Nina Simone, Mississippi Goddam.

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  • NoHedges
    03/03/2018
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    School House Rock's Three Ring Circus and We the People

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  • Andy1
    03/03/2018
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    What was the name of that one where they convict that racist buffoon for treason and erase the stain he left on our country?

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  • NoHedges
    03/03/2018
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    Nice playlist, it worked wonders on my migraine. What I did find unusual, when browsing through 4th of July playlists was the absence of songs that made my own and others patriotic playlist from five years ago. 👓Wonder if anyone has ever done a cross sectional analysis of national identity and playlists. Sad, this administration is allowed to plate up serving after serving of collective emotional abuse. 💣 Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government

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  • Curtis
    03/03/2018
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    How about, What About Us, by Pink & Lost for Words, by Pink Floyd.

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  • Jessica
    03/07/2018
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    Rage Against the Machine!

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  • Jaye
    03/03/2018
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    I like, Why We Fight - Decemberists

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  • Lawrence
    03/03/2018
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    Tom Lehrer- Folk Song Army

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  • Luiz
    03/03/2018
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    White America by Eminem 👌🏻

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  • Matthew
    03/03/2018
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    Heaven Help Us All by Stevie Wonder, What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye, Wake Up Everybody by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and Keep Your Head Up by 2Pac are a must. For today’s times I add Public Enemy’s Fight the Power, Holy War by Alicia Keys, A Better Tomorrow by Wu Tang Clan, and of course Back Home by Eminem & Alicia Keys

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  • Mart
    03/04/2018
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    Big City by Merle Haggard

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  • Wyoming4178
    03/07/2018
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    Maybe I’am old school the song that’s resonated with me is by John Lennon this song is POWER to The PEOPLE

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  • Sarah
    03/04/2018
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    For What It’s Worth- Buffalo Springfield

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  • Jim
    03/03/2018
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    What? No Stones - Street Fighting Man?

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  • Countryfirst
    03/06/2018
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    Andy1 when you find that song I want a copy!!!!!!!!!

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  • nadsieola
    03/03/2018
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    I Don’t Like Mondays - boomtown rats. Not really a protest song, but a good reminder that school shootings in the US have been going on for decades.

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  • Christine
    03/03/2018
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    I love both versions of “Wake Up Everybody” (Original: Harold Melvin & Blue Notes featuring Teddy Pendergrass/ Cover: John Legend & The Roots)

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  • Patricia
    03/03/2018
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    Dedicated to tRump: Gotta Get You Out of My Life.

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  • AnonymousPatron
    03/03/2018
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    Other comment sounds like he Alt Right...which is Wrong.

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