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.)
Thank you for this. You guys are awesome. First an incredible app and now an incredible playlist to go with it. Thank you Countable ❤️
Check out Nina Simone, Mississippi Goddam.
School House Rock's Three Ring Circus and We the People
What was the name of that one where they convict that racist buffoon for treason and erase the stain he left on our country?
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
How about, What About Us, by Pink & Lost for Words, by Pink Floyd.
Rage Against the Machine!
I like, Why We Fight - Decemberists
Tom Lehrer- Folk Song Army
White America by Eminem 👌🏻
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
Big City by Merle Haggard
Maybe I’am old school the song that’s resonated with me is by John Lennon this song is POWER to The PEOPLE
For What It’s Worth- Buffalo Springfield
What? No Stones - Street Fighting Man?
Andy1 when you find that song I want a copy!!!!!!!!!
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.
I love both versions of “Wake Up Everybody” (Original: Harold Melvin & Blue Notes featuring Teddy Pendergrass/ Cover: John Legend & The Roots)
Dedicated to tRump: Gotta Get You Out of My Life.
Other comment sounds like he Alt Right...which is Wrong.