Greatest Political Punk Songs of All Time

The Top Ten

1 American Idiot - Green Day American Idiot - Green Day Cover Art

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.

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

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

This song will stand the test of time. Nothing to date comes close.

2 Anarchy in the UK - Sex Pistols Anarchy in the UK - Sex Pistols Cover Art

The Sex Pistols and The Clash and what "Green Day" only wish they could be today! Those bands were making anti-establishment history even before "Green Day" was known as a grunge sell out! People need to know their history!

I agree the Pistols only had a handful of songs. They are nowhere in the Green Day league

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.

This is true punk rock, not that watered down Green day or Rise against pop punk stuff. And since when were System of a Down considered punk, they're hard rock!

It doesn't get much more political than flat out telling everybody want you want to see in a government model as the lyrics in your song.

3 Prayer of the Refugee - Rise Against Prayer of the Refugee - Rise Against Cover Art

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

This, American Idiot & Killin in the Name Rule

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

4 Holiday - Green Day Holiday - Green Day Cover Art

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.

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

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

I mean seriously this song deserves more the ones who died without a name my best lyric

5 Mama - My Chemical Romance Mama - My Chemical Romance Cover Art

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.

Oh baby this song so cool and good lyric, trust me!

Best rock band ever

6 Holiday in Cambodia - Dead Kennedys Holiday in Cambodia - Dead Kennedys Cover Art

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.

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

They're political, satirical and darkly humorous. Fantastic

7 Running the World - Jarvis Cocker Running the World - Jarvis Cocker Cover Art
8 God Save the Queen - The Sex Pistols God Save the Queen - The Sex Pistols Cover Art

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.

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

9 We're All to Blame - Sum 41 We're All to Blame - Sum 41 Cover Art

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.

We Are all to blame... great song!

10 Franco Un-American - NOFX Franco Un-American - NOFX Cover Art

I wanna move north and be a Canadian

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

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

The Newcomers

? Bloody Revolutions - Crass Bloody Revolutions - Crass Cover Art

The Contenders

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

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 Turncoat - Anti-Flag Cover Art

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

Best song ever written about GW Bush.

Should of put this higher..AMAZING Punk song

14 Wake Up - Rage Against the Machine Wake Up - Rage Against the Machine Cover Art

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!

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

15 The Saints are Coming - Green Day & U2 The Saints are Coming - Green Day & U2 Cover Art
16 Kill the Poor - Dead Kennedys Kill the Poor - Dead Kennedys Cover Art

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.

17 The Decline - NOFX The Decline - NOFX Cover Art

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.

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.

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

18 Hero of War - Rise Against Hero of War - Rise Against Cover Art
19 Baby, I'm an Anarchist! - Against Me! Baby, I'm an Anarchist! - Against Me! Cover Art

you left me all alone, all alone

20 Roll On - The Living End Roll On - The Living End Cover Art

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

21 Let Them Eat War - Bad Religion Let Them Eat War - Bad Religion Cover Art

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 Ready to Fall - Rise Against Ready to Fall - Rise Against Cover Art

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.

23 California Uber Alles - Dead Kennedys California Uber Alles - Dead Kennedys Cover Art

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.

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

24 My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg) - The Ramones My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg) - The Ramones Cover Art

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

Great tune. Busting Ronnie Raygun.

25 Clone Town - TV Smith Clone Town - TV Smith Cover Art

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

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