Greatest Protest Songs from the 60s and 70s


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1Imagine - John Lennon

That song said it all

2Have You Ever Seen the Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival
3What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
4For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
5Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival
6Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire

At the time how true it was

7Hurricane - Bob Dylan
8Another Brick In the Wall (Part 2) - Pink Floyd
9Blowin' In the Wind - Bob Dylan
101984 - Spirit

Would have been a monster hit, but right during its fast climb up the charts, it was banned from airplay.
RIP Randy California, who died a hero saving his son from dangerous surf in Hawaii.

The Contenders

11A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall - Bob Dylan
12Ohio - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

When ever I hear this song, it reminds of the photo of the girl with a WHY look on your face leaning over the body of student who had been shot. I also think about how the people do not have the freedoms we assume we have in America.

13Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones
14A Change is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke
15Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival

The "Bad Moon" is a nuclear mushroom cloud.

16Inner City Blues - Marvin Gaye
17Blackbird - The Beatles

How is this even a protest song? Taxman is but not blackbird. Blackbird is poetry.

This is McCartney's gentle and oh so subtle civil rights anthem.

187 and 7 Is - Love
19Less Than Zero - Elvis Costello

Really nails it to British National Front leader Oswald. Mosley!

20God Save the Queen - The Sex Pistols

The sound of disaffected youth in 1977 Britain.

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Top Remixes

1. Imagine - John Lennon
2. Have You Ever Seen the Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival
3. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye



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