Greatest Protest Songs from the 60s and 70s


The Top Ten

1 Imagine - John Lennon

That song said it all

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2 Have You Ever Seen the Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival UListen to Sample
3 What's Going On - Marvin Gaye UListen to Sample
4 For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield UListen to Sample
5 Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival

The definition of a protest song

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6 Another Brick In the Wall (Part 2) - Pink Floyd

I’m sorry I just don’t see how a song about teachers is political, what am I missing?

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7 Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire

At the time how true it was

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8 Hurricane - Bob Dylan UListen to Sample
9 Blowin' in the Wind - Bob Dylan UListen to Sample
10 1984 - Spirit

Would have been a monster hit, but right during its fast climb up the charts, it was banned from airplay.
RIP Randy California, who died a hero saving his son from dangerous surf in Hawaii.

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The Contenders

11 A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall - Bob Dylan UListen to Sample
12 Ohio - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

When ever I hear this song, it reminds of the photo of the girl with a WHY look on your face leaning over the body of student who had been shot. I also think about how the people do not have the freedoms we assume we have in America.

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13 A Change is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke UListen to Sample
14 Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones

big pp

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15 Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival

The "Bad Moon" is a nuclear mushroom cloud.

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16 Blackbird - The Beatles

How is this even a protest song? Taxman is but not blackbird. Blackbird is poetry.

This is McCartney's gentle and oh so subtle civil rights anthem.

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17 7 and 7 Is - Love UListen to Sample
18 1977 - The Clash

Another item from 1977 British youth.

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19 Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who UListen to Sample
20 Inner City Blues - Marvin Gaye UListen to Sample
21 Less Than Zero - Elvis Costello

Really nails it to British National Front leader Oswald. Mosley!

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22 God Save the Queen - The Sex Pistols

The sound of disaffected youth in 1977 Britain.

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23 Baba O'Riley - The Who UListen to Sample
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List Stats

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Top Remixes

1. Imagine - John Lennon
2. Have You Ever Seen the Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival
3. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye


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