Greatest Political Punk Songs of All Time

The Top Ten Greatest Political Punk Songs of All Time

1 American Idiot - Green Day

Way out in front as voted by the people. An absolute masterpiece in telling it as it is President Bush. Hopefully many Americans woke up after this song was released.

The only song where u can tell President Bush to get screwed. Its awesome!

this one changed the nation thoughts about the Bush Administration - I<3Queen

Either this one or the Dead Kennedys. I didn't know how this worked but I like them both a lot!

2 Anarchy in the UK - Sex Pistols

Please. Can someone please put a single bullet in my head. Please.

Great song but not actually political. The Sex Pistols were not Anarchists, they just used the term for shock value and to show their nihilistic views. The song is not about actual Anarchy.

C'mon! Green Day aimed against a president, and even in a very small way! The Sex Pistols aimed against nothing more and nothing less than THE ENTIRE UNITED KINGDOM!

This song worked up Great Britain in thendays - Sid

3 Prayer of the Refugee - Rise Against

That very first part when the opening chords and the first verse combine just gives me the chills "warm yourself by the fire son and the morning will come soon I'll tell you stories of a better time in a place that we once knew" great song

Great song, the music is angry and fast with some more melodic parts and is perfect for the lyrics. Rise Against truly believe in what they do, and this is why their political songs are the best

This song is obviously the best, with an awesome energy and screaming by the refugee's rights! with Tim's voice and lyrics deserves to be the one

great song dealing with greed and dumb consumerism

4 Holiday - Green Day

This song is just a great political song. It has got the right words at the right time, the instruments sound amazing, it has got the right speed and the agression needed for a political song. It made a good single and and it stands out of the crowd. Simply all the things needed.

This songs tells president bush to go to hell! And it's by far my favourite Green Day song!

American idiot addresses bush' idiocy. Holiday represents political mistakes in the USA made by the whole population, like electing such a dumbass.

Another Green Day classic.

5 Mama - My Chemical Romance

Mama we all go to hell. Only the best songs start with those terribly tragic, still great words!

I will admit I vote MCR for everything. But they are definitely a punk band that addresses real problems. Gratz.

I honestly think all their stuff past three cheers is rock, not punk, but this is a great song none the less

Umm are you kidding me?! This is by far NOT a punk rock band

6 Running the World - Jarvis Cocker

I thought this is a list about punk songs!?

7 Holiday in Cambodia - Dead Kennedys

Dead Kennedys define punk rock. They're probably the most political band I've ever heard. They should be in the top 10, not Chemical Romance. They're pop-punk, if anything near punk.

I thought this list was POLITICAL! Have you ever heard this song?!?! Should be in the top 10, as much as I love the songs in the list, some songs such as Mama is not political.

They're political, satirical and darkly humorous. Fantastic

I don't think most of the voters here know what punk rock is. Hey, kids! THIS is punk rock!

8 God Save the Queen - The Sex Pistols

Amazing song and the best political punk song by far... Pistols rule

Should Be number one! An amazing song with an incredible political meaning. Jonny Rotten is boss.

Should be numer one. No question. More of a protest than Anarchy. This is Chapter 1 in punk politics.

9 We're All to Blame - Sum 41

Hear the intro of the song. The chorus gets better every time until the end. Great vocal range by Deryck.
This song should be at least in the top 5. This was inspired after civil war in Congo, where Sum 41 got stuck as fighting erupted outside. They were with a UN member at that time. They got out safely, and named the album after hi,. Chuck. - uberudit

We Are all to blame... great song!! -

10 Franco Un-American - NOFX

when the album came out i must've listened to this song over 100 times, literally. great song. real catchy keyboard part too.

I wanna move north and be a Canadian

Simply Brilliant.. Can't Get Anymore Punk Than That -

The Contenders

11 Cocaine Socialism - Pulp
12 State of the Union - Rise Against

Like Anti-Flag... Listen to these lyrics & watch the video. Pretty sick

Great song about the past 10 years of foreign policy

Simly amazing, one of my favorite songs

13 Turncoat - Anti-Flag

Should of put this higher..AMAZING Punk song -

Anti-Flag are the ultimate political punk band. Why aren't they number 1?

Best song ever written about GW Bush.


14 Wake Up - Rage Against the Machine

Is there anything better than Zach de la Rocha shouting in a mic?

Love RATM...especially Zach and all the political words to the songs. This song is one of my all time favorites...and I’m a 68 yr old grandma!

15 Kill the Poor - Dead Kennedys

This song is amazing political commentary. Those of you who remember the neutron bomb (that killed all the people but left the buildings standing) will remember that it made no sense for any moral standpoint anyone could explain. Yet it was a serious proposal. This song shines a spotlight on the thought processes of the people who are really running things. A political masterpiece of a song.

How there are no Dead Kennedys songs in the top 10 is beyond me. This is a great song from maybe the all time classic political punk album.

Everyone should own Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables!

This should be in the top five, at lease. Never been a huge DK fan, but this is one of the best punk songs of all time. - Alpha101

16 The Decline - NOFX

My favorite song of all time. I expected to vote for something more Anarcho-punk, but I couldn't resist because hell it's just unbeatable for me. - JoLeKosovo

This is an 18 minute long song about America. It tackles topics about television, war, Christianity, and the ending of morality in the USA. Progressive Political Punk, the Decline gets my vote as the best. - isaacthomashinkey

Longest punk song ever written, third longest song of any genre. 18 minutes on everything wrong with America.

17 The Saints are Coming - Green Day & U2

Vote for the original version by The Skids or, at least, the one by Paranoid Visions, before voting for this one.

Its political but bad collab

18 Baby, I'm an Anarchist! - Against Me!

you left me all alone, all alone

19 Hero of War - Rise Against
20 Roll On - The Living End

Great Australian Punk Song... Stands Up For Workers Rights!! -

21 Let Them Eat War - Bad Religion

Bad religion has better political songs such as I Want to Conquer the World, You are the Government and of course American Jesus.

listen to the lyrics..u will get it

22 California Uber Alles - Dead Kennedys

I'm listening to it right now, a song with direct political aim (ridiculing Jerry Brown). hilarious too. - JoLeKosovo

This is a great political song that provokes thought and puts a smile on your face at the same time. The idea of hippies being as oppressive as fascists is punk to the core. And pretty amusing.

23 Ready to Fall - Rise Against

This song is great, as it can be interpreted two ways. One way is on a more individual level, while the other is more political. The political facet is, according to frontman Tim McIlrath, about animal rights, though I take it to mean something bigger. I take it to be a comment on everything the world is doing. The entire world, politically, socially, economically and environmentally, is "standing on a rooftop, ready to fall. " And in every case, its us who's causing this. We are killing ourselves, in every way possible. That's what this song is trying to say.

24 Clone Town - TV Smith

Oops - "too busy"

"We are to busy shopping to notice the apocalypse...". "...and do you really want to know, how they get those prices so low..."

25 My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg) - The Ramones

The only political punk song that has a good melody to it.

Great tune. Busting Ronnie Raygun.

26 F*** Authority - Pennywise

... Simple, It's About how s*** Authority is... -

27 Soulmates - Placebo
28 Give It All - Rise Against

probably one of the best punk songs ever - gibsonsg

29 Turn Your Back - Billy Talent

Listen to this song and read the lyrics and you will understand why this is the best political punk rock song. (Billy Talent created this masterpiece together with Anti Flag)

30 Do They Owe Us a Living? - Crass

Anarcho-punk. Enough said. Crass was the most political band there perhaps ever was. - JoLeKosovo

Of course they do, of course they do...

Unlike most other punk bands, Crass actually meant what they said - Kronolith

31 Open Your Eyes - Goldfinger

very good punk song!! animal rights! -

32 Do They Owe Us a Living - Conflict

True anarcho punk death to cheesy punk Green Day and that crap offspring listen to crass and conflict for no sugar coated crap see you in the pit

33 Know Your Enemy - Green Day

do you know the enemy oh do you know the enemy well God I know the Enemy... - I<3Queen

Not Punk - BeatlesFan1964

34 Sold as Freedom - Anti-Flag
35 21st Century Breakdown - Green Day

Not Punk - BeatlesFan1964

36 Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day

This is about billie joe armstrong's dad who died and the next day he said to his mum wake me up when september ends and also to the people who died on 9/11

Okay, no. A great song, but this is not political at all!

No! - BeatlesFan1964

37 High Pressure Low - Against Me!
38 If the Kids are United - Sham 69

Best song ever - bwells131

39 Still Waiting - Sum 41

Basically about the state of the world and that its messed up.

40 Re-Education (Through Labor) - Rise Against
41 Minority - Green Day

It's not pure punk but at least a bit.

Not Punk - BeatlesFan1964

42 Know Your Rights - The Clash

The three are:

1. The Right not to be killed. Murder is a crime, unless it's done by a policeman or an aristocrat.

2. The Right to food money, providing of course, you don't mind a little investigation, humiliation, and, if you cross your fingers, rehabilitation.

3. The Right to free speech (as long as you're not dumb enough to actually try it).

43 American Jesus - Bad Religion
44 This is the End (For You My Friend) - Anti - Flag

On and on we sings our songs and...

45 Abre los Ojos - Los Muertos de Cristo
46 The Saints are Coming - The Skids


The Skids' version is the original!

47 Collapse (Post-Amerika) - Rise Against
48 Wake Up - The Living End
49 The Idiots Are Taking Over - NOFX

This song illustrates perfectly how Idiocracy seems more and more like a documentary than a comedy.

Listen to this and you'll realize which should be no. 1

50 No - The Subhumans
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