Top 10 Political BandsThese 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 Political Bands
Every song and every meaning hits me like a damn juggernaught
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? - 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
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
Come on they just wrote the best political song, so they deserve to be #1.
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.
They were very politically charged, often calling for things like the recognition of the Armenian genocide by the USA.
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
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. - Metal_Treasure
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
They have many political songs, sot hey qualify. Yeah, they're not as biting as the Dead Kennedys, but they're still political overall. - JoLeKosovo
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.
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 band that was the leader in the anti-Vietnam War movement. Songs like "Fortunate Son" can really just speak for themselves. - 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.
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
Midnight Oil are BANGERS
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.
Should be number 1 or 2 for consistency.
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?
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
Just want to say, that for many, many reasons, they will perhaps go down as the biggest savages in music history, and one of the most mind-boggling too. - JoLeKosovo
Formed in 1982, ended in 2012. Constantly shifted in musical style, drawing on genres such as punk rock, pop, folk, and experimental. Punk attitude remains their style. Known for their Tubthumpin, they turned down Nike's use for the song, licence it later to General Motors then donated all the 70K USD they got to anti-General Motors activist groups.
They deserve to be heard.
Rather under-rated prog/prog metal band.
There is no lyricist alive better than Daniel Gildenlöw. His lyrics are very deep, aggressive and makes you think about politics in a way no one has did before.
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!
Angry but thoughtful and hopeful
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
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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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.
Like Chumbawamba, anarcho-punk. Great lyricism, as political as it gets. - JoLeKosovo