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

1 Rage Against the Machine 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.

Simply revolutionary!

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

the best

2 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. 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 more.

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

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

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

Some of the political songs made sense like B.Y.O.B and Hypnotize

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

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4 Megadeth 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 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. - Metal_Treasure

5 Dead Kennedys 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.

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.


6 Metallica 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". 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. - Metal_Treasure

7 Public Enemy 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". - phillysports

8 Rise Against 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.

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

9 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. - phillysports

10 Pink Floyd 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 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 Newcomers

? Crass

Like Chumbawamba, anarcho-punk. - JoLeKosovo

The Contenders

11 The Clash 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.


12 N.W.A 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.

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

13 Creedence Clearwater Revival 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. - phillysports

14 Queen 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 more.
15 U2 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 more.

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

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

16 Midnight Oil 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.

Midnight Oil are BANGERS

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

Loved this band. ‘Beds are burning’, got me involved and interested in social injustice.

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17 Slayer 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. more.
18 Anthrax Anthrax Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker.
19 Manic Street Preachers
20 Black Sabbath 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. more.
21 Enter Shikari

A song about global warming that you can mosh to. Need I say more?

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.

22 Bad Religion 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.

23 Muse 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 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

24 The Rolling Stones 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). more.
25 Pearl Jam Pearl Jam Pearl Jam is a Grunge Rock Band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. The band had comprised of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. more.
26 The Stooges The Stooges The Stooges, also known as Iggy and the Stooges, are an American proto-punk band from Ann Arbor, Michigan, first active from 1967 to 1974, and later reformed in 2003. Although they sold few records in their original incarnation, and often performed for indifferent or hostile audiences, the Stooges are more.
27 Flobots

They deserve to be heard.

28 Boysetsfire

Angry but thoughtful and hopeful

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!

29 Chumbawamba

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.

30 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s. more.
31 The Specials
32 Sons Of Liberty

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

33 Ramones Ramones The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound.
34 NOFX NOFX NOFX are an American punk rock band from Los Angeles, California. The band was formed in 1983 by vocalist/bassist Fat Mike and guitarist Eric Melvin. Drummer Erik Sandin joined NOFX shortly after.
35 Social Distortion Social Distortion Social Distortion is an American punk rock band formed in 1978 in Fullerton, California. The band currently consists of Mike Ness, Jonny Wickersham, Brent Harding, David Hidalgo, Jr., and David Kalish.
36 Sabaton Sabaton Sabaton is a power metal band from Falun, Sweden formed in 1999. The band's main lyrical themes are based on war and historical battles.
37 Leathermouth
38 Pain of Salvation Pain of Salvation Pain of Salvation is a Swedish progressive rock band led by Daniel Gildenlöw, who is the band's main songwriter, lyricist, guitarist, and vocalist.

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.

39 The Smiths The Smiths The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.
40 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. more.


41 Anti-Flag Anti-Flag 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.

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.

42 Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young Crosby, Stills & Nash were an American-British-Canadian folk rock supergroup made up of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash. They were known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young when joined by occasional fourth member Neil Young.
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44 Dire Straits Dire Straits Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler, his younger brother David Knopfler, John Illsley, and Pick Withers.
45 Blue Oyster Cult Blue Oyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band from Long Island, New York, whose most successful work includes the hard rock and heavy metal songs "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Godzilla" and "Burnin' for You".
46 State Radio

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

47 MC5 MC5 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.

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.

48 Bad Brains Bad Brains Bad Brains is an American hardcore punk band formed in Washington, D.C., in 1977. They are widely regarded as among the pioneers of hardcore punk, though the band's members have objected to this term to describe their music.
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