Top 10 Political Bands

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

Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine is a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

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.

Without a doubt the most overtly leftist political band to gain a large following... And unlike an unfortunately large amount of political music RATM slaps

Has there even been a more famous overtly political band?

Every song and every meaning hits me like a damn juggernaught

Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative ...read more.

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.

They aren't specifically known for their political music, but when they do get political, they are loud, aggressive and fearless.

This is a very good and meaningful list. I respect bands that dare to write political songs.

Come on they just wrote the best political song, so they deserve to be #1.

System Of A Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Alternative Metal group from Glendale, California. The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.

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".

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.

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 were very politically charged, often calling for things like the recognition of the Armenian genocide by the USA.

Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave ...read more.

With albums like "United Abominations" and many of their songs talking about a "New World Order", Dave's lyrics are driven and hard to beat in terms of songwriting.

One of the best examples is Peace Sells. Video helps to understand the song. Musically, this is one of my favorite Megadeth songs.

Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

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.

Rise Against Rise Against is an American hardcore punk band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1999. The band's current line-up comprises vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tim McIlrath, lead guitarist Zach Blair, bassist Joe Principe, and drummer Brandon Barnes. They are known for popularizing punk. Some of their most well-known ...read more.

"Help is on the way " is a very good example

Public Enemy Public Enemy is an American hip hop group consisting of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, Khari Wynn, DJ Lord, and the S1W group.

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".

Fight the Power!... I mean... come on

The Sex Pistols

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.

Dead Kennedys Dead Kennedys are an American hardcore punk band formed in San Francisco, California in 1978. The band was one of the first American hardcore bands to make a significant impact in the United Kingdom.

Unlike your little pop rock bands *cough green day cough* these guys were ALWAYS political, and managed to be enjoyable at the same time. With Jello's persistent use of Juvenalian satire and compelling stage presence along with East Bay Ray's rapid surf guitar style, these guys were killers in the punk scene and had something to say about just about anything or anyone too.

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.

I don't even know why green day is on here.

They have many political songs, sot hey qualify. Yeah, they're not as biting as the Dead Kennedys, but they're still political overall.

Terrible

Pink Floyd Pink Floyd was an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters ...read more.

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.

The Contenders

The Clash The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.

The Clampdown, Straight to Hell, Career Opportunities, dare I say Rock the Casbah, Know Your Rights, cover of Police and Thieves, Police On My Back, Spanish Bombs, Hate & War, Charlie Don’t Surf, Ivan Meets GI Joe, Ghetto Defendant, Bank Robber, One More Time/Dub, Washington Bullets, White Man in Hammersmith Palais, The Call Up, English Civil War, The Guns of Brixton, Kingston Advice,Justice Tonight/Kick It Over, London Calling.
This was all before social media and 24/7 news.

LONDON CALLING

Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

To my recollection Freddie was the 1st world wide celebrity to pass from HIV and losing such a talent from the world, I believe was the start of a real togetherness of fighting HIV and the beginning of acceptance of the gay community.

N.W.A N.W.A was an American hip hop group from Compton, CA. They were among the earliest and most significant popularizers and controversial figures of the gangsta rap subgenre, and are widely considered one of the seminal groups in the history of hip hop music.

Angst of teens in inner cities, telling us what was really going on and what they saw living through it. Most of America had no idea, I didn't

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.

Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival, often shortened to Creedence and abbreviated as CCR, was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The band that was the leader in the anti-Vietnam War movement. Songs like "Fortunate Son" can really just speak for themselves.

The Vietnam war from a California Berkeley perspective.

Slayer Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. ...read more.
U2 U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have ...read more.

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".

The first voice in Ireland I ever heard , 1st world citizens who really brought a more world view to my late GenX age group.

Not only political with their music, but with their causes.

Midnight Oil Midnight Oil are an Australian rock band, who originally performed as Farm from 1972 with drummer Rob Hirst, bass guitarist Andrew James and keyboard player/lead guitarist Jim Moginie.

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.

Their lead Singer became a politician. That should give everyone an idea of how political this band is

Clearly the most politically driven band of all time

Just listen to beds are burning

Anthrax Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker.
Bad Religion Bad Religion is an American punk rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California in 1979. The band makes extensive use of soaring three-part vocal harmonies, guitar solos and lyrics that often contain religious and political commentary.

Should be number 1 or 2 for consistency.

Manic Street Preachers
The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). ...read more.
Enter Shikari

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?

Muse Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including 5 MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, 2 ...read more.

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

Pearl Jam Pearl Jam is a Alternative/Grunge Rock Band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. The band had comprised of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. ...read more.

They are tireless in their efforts fighting for causes, their music has always been political and name another band to take Ticketmaster to supreme court to try and lower ticket surcharges for their fans

Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. ...read more.
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