Best Social Issue and Hardship Songs

The Top Ten Best Social Issue and Hardship Songs

1 Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
2 Jeremy - Pearl Jam
3 Keep Ya Head Up - 2pac
4 Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
5 Dear Mama - 2pac
6 Feel No Pain - Sade

"Mamma been laid off
Pappa been laid off
My brother's been laid off
For more than two years now
Ooh can't get a job
Billy can't get a job
Ooh they gotta listen to the blues
Help them to strive
Help them to move on
Help them to have some future
Help them to live long
Help them to live life
Help them to smile
Don't let them stay home and listen to the blues"

Social message: Poverty/Financial struggle - BlackDiamonds

7 No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
8 Alison Hell - Annihilator
9 In the Ghetto - Elvis Presley

"As the snow flies
On a cold and grey Chicago morn
A poor little baby child is born in the ghetto

And his mama cries
Cause there's one thing that she don't need
Is another little hungry mouth to feed in the ghetto


Oh people don't you understand
This child needs a helping hand
He's gonna grow to be an angry young man some day
Take a look at you and me
Are we that blind to see?
Do we simply turn our heads and look the other way? "

Social Message: Poverty - BlackDiamonds

10 The Unforgiven - Metallica

The Contenders

11 Peace Sells - Megadeth
12 One - Metallica
13 Brenda's Got a Baby - 2pac
14 Anthem - Iced Earth
15 Tunnel of Pain - Coroner
16 Another Day In Paradise - Phil Collins
17 Get Up, Stand Up - Bob Marley

"Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up: don't give up the fight!

Preacherman, don't tell me,
Heaven is under the earth.
I know you don't know
What life is really worth.
It's not all that glitters is gold
'Alf the story has never been told:
So now you see the light, eh!
Stand up for your rights. Come on! "

Social Message: Injustice - BlackDiamonds

18 Luka - Suzanne Vega

"Yes I think I'm okay
I walked into the door again
Well, if you ask that's what I'll say
And it's not your business anyway
I guess I'd like to be alone
With nothing broken, nothing thrown"

Social message: Recognizing child abuse - BlackDiamonds

19 Minority - Green Day
20 Waterfalls - TLC
21 They Don't Care About Us - Michael Jackson
22 Crystal Waters - Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)

"She wakes up early every morning
Just to do her hair now
Because she cares yeah

Her day oh wouldn't be right
Without her make up
She's never without her makeup

She's just like you and me
But she's homeless, she's homeless
As she stands there singing for money."

Social Message: Poverty - BlackDiamonds

23 Hard Knock Life - Jay Z
24 The Freshmen - The Verve Pipe
25 Home - Goo Goo Dolls
26 Grown Men Don't Cry - Tim McGraw
27 The Thunder Rolls - Garth Brooks
28 Rich Girl - Hall & Oates
29 Song for the Lonely - Cher
30 Man In the Mirror - Michael Jackson
31 Cop Killer - Ice T
32 Whitey On the Moon - Gil Scott Heron

"You know, the man just upped my rent last night
'because whitey's on the moon
No hot water, no toilets, no lights
But whitey's on the moon
I wonder why he's uppin' me
'because whitey's on the moon?
Well, I was already givin' him fifty a week
And now whitey's on the moon"

Social message: Poverty/classism - BlackDiamonds

33 Talkin' Bout a Revolution - Tracy Chapman

"While they're standing in the welfare lines,
Crying at the doorsteps of those armies of salvation,
Wasting time in the unemployment lines,
Sitting around waiting for a promotion.
Poor people gonna rise up
And get their share
Poor people gonna rise up
And take what's theirs"

Social message: Fight against social injustice and the government - BlackDiamonds

34 Positive - Spearhead
35 Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio
36 Too Hot - Coolio
37 Imagine - John Lennon
38 Mercy, Mercy Me - Marvin Gaye
39 Free Xone - Janet Jackson
40 What It's Like - Everlast
41 What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
42 The Message - Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
43 World Wide Suicide - Pearl Jam
44 Where is the Love - Black Eyed Peas
45 Long Way to Go - Gwen Stefani
46 Hell You Talmbout - Janelle Monae
47 99 Red Balloons - Nena
48 Same Love - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
49 Beautiful - Christina Aguilera
50 Unpretty - TLC
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