Top 10 Political Bandsphillysports These are the bands that have dared to go against the establishment. With anger, frustration, and thought-provoking lyrics, anybody who hates the government always knows when to rock out with these guys.
By the way, this list is ranked by how effectively POLITICALLY CHARGED these bands' lyrics are. Not necessarily how good of a band they are.
The Top Ten
Has there even been a more famous overtly political band? - Mrveteran
No question here. Every song these guys write is like an enormous middle finger to the U.S. government. With Zack de la Rocha's unmatchable rage and scream-rap style, Tim Commerford's funky bass, Brad Wilk's pounding drums, and Tom Morello's insane guitar capabilities, Rage's music is still relevant 20 years after it first came out. - phillysports
With a band name that sums up the group's political intent, the Dead Kennedy's were among the leaders in the hardcore punk scene of the '80s. They held nothing back in criticizing the government, the Reagan administration in particular. - phillysports
I don't even know why green day is on here.
One of the best examples is Peace Sells. Video helps to understand the song. Musically, this is one of my favorite Megadeth songs. - Metal_Treasure
Green Day only started to get political after they released "American Idiot", but they have picked up where Rage left off and have been the leading proponent against the government. "American Idiot" as a whole was almost like a diss album to the entire Bush administration, and everybody in America could relate. - phillysports
This is a very good and meaningful list. I respect bands that dare to write political songs. - Metal_Treasure
They aren't specifically known for their political music, but when they do get political, they are loud, aggressive and fearless.
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With a rock-flavored hip hop sound, Chuck D, Flava Flav and the boys have been making insightful messages about the social problems in America for 30+ years. No more is this more truthful than their masterpiece albums of "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back", "Fear of a Black Planet", and "Apocalypse 91...The Enemy Strikes Back". - phillysports
Many songs and the entire album "...And Justice for All", where the lyrics feature themes of political and legal injustice seen through the prisms of censorship, war, and nuclear brinkmanship. - Metal_Treasure
With songs about the Armenian Genocide, government corruption, and media manipulation, System of a Down is a great metal bands that knows how to get their point across with force. - phillysports
Best metal band to be political without being other bias talks about corruption the media the armenian genocide advertising not that metal like but still
They aren't a metal band but I agree with everything else. Everyone who would probably disagree with "they aren't metal", is kindly invited to consult my list "Top 10 Bands that Aren't Metal According to Encyclopaedia Metallum". - Metal_Treasure
I would say it is credible. Those guys take it very seriously and can decide what bands are metal. - Powerfultekin
Their sound isn't perfectly metal, but at the same time, with their songs Cigaro, Soil, Jet Pilot, F**k the System, and Holy Mountains, it's hard to not group them with metal. Though their messages tend to be somewhat on the political left, it's hard to disagree with them on their topics, because in the end they're all about the cruelty of humans towards other humans and the silence they're forced into. All in all, they do the best job of combining beautiful songwriting, heartfelt messages, and unique twists to their music.V 1 Comment
The band that was the leader in the anti-Vietnam War movement. Songs like "Fortunate Son" can really just speak for themselves. - phillysports
With anger and sadness at equal strength, Rise Against is a punk rock band that has been taking shots at the government for a very long time. - phillysports
"Help is on the way " is a very good example - Ananya
This is probably the most political correct band I know. Such an amazing band combining Roger Waters angry, deep lyrics together with David Gilmours chilling guitar playing expressing poetry through the notes of the guitar. Their anger against the deciders who decide what you must do in both their rock opera: The Wall and Animals will make you appreciate the ensamble of the most legendary rock band in history of music.
Clearly the most politically driven band of all time
Their lead Singer became a politician. That should give everyone an idea of how political this band is
Unlike many of the other bands on this list, Midnight Oil made sure to sing about making the world a better place, not just tearing it down, and they have always taken actions far beyond the music.
Their music never takes a back seat to message and neither does the poetry of the lyrics. They are artists and musicians whose work stands alone as some of the most brilliant rock music ever made which happens to also have meaningful and inspiring lyrics.
N.W.A were pretty much against everything and everybody, put they put special emphasis on the mistreatment of African Americans in the U.S., and the issue of police brutality. And with the current news stories of today, Dre, Cube, E, Ren, and Yella's music will never lose its impact. - phillysports
The O.G.'s of punk rock. With only one album, the Pistols took on the entire U.K. and Sid Vicious' music and messages through songs like "Anarchy in the UK" and "God Save the Queen" have been the motto for young government hating Brits for decades. - phillysports
I know it might be weird to place a relatively calm band like U2 on a list with metal, punk rock, and hip hop groups, but in their early days U2 was not afraid to challenge the government of Ireland. None is that more apparent than protest songs like "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "New Year's Day". - phillysports
Not only political with their music, but with their causes.
I mean they have an entire album dedicated to Drone warfare, a song called uprising, and the ultimate "screw you hitler" song: Take a bow
Full spectrum of political songs, each with a raging, pulsing melody to lift you up and relive your angsty youth. Gives me hope that the younger generation do still care about politics in a time when we're being lulled into distraction. Also, an insanely inspiring and rocking band with fantastic genre-busting music.
A song about global warming that you can mosh to. Need I say more?
A side-project of Iced Earth's guitarist Jon Schaffer. Song titles say it all - False Flag, We The People, Our Dying Republic, Feeling Helpless?
Jon Schaffer writes the music and lyrics. Also, he's only a backing vocalist in Iced Earth but he does the lead vox for Sons Of Liberty. - Metal_Treasure
They deserve to be heard.
Every single song is anti-capitalism, anti-authoritarianism, and anti-fascism. Hard to get more angry and politically motivated than After the Eulogy - Where's your anger? Where's your Rage? Unless we Rise! Tear It Down!
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Everything they've done, pretty much, has been a cry against oppressive government. Listen to all of Us Against the Crown and Year of the Crow, which is capped off by Fall of the American Empire
MC5 was an American rock band from Lincoln Park, Michigan, formed in 1964. The original band line-up consisted of vocalist Rob Tyner, guitarists Wayne Kramer and Fred "Sonic" Smith, bassist Michael Davis, and drummer Dennis Thompson. "Crystallizing the counterculture movement at its most volatile and threatening", according to AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine, the MC5's leftist political ties and anti-establishment lyrics and music positioned them as emerging innovators of the punk movement in the United States. Their loud, energetic style of back-to-basics rock and roll included elements of garage rock, hard rock, blues rock, and psychedelic rock.
Anti-Flag is an American punk rock band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. The band is well known for politically charged lyrics and activism, focusing on anti-war activism, anti-imperialism, class struggle, human rights, and various sociopolitical sentiments.
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