Best Social Issue and Hardship Songs


The Top Ten

1 Fast Car - Tracy Chapman UListen to Sample
2 Jeremy - Pearl Jam UListen to Sample
3 Keep Ya Head Up - 2pac UListen to Sample
4 Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell UListen to Sample
5 Dear Mama - 2pac UListen to Sample
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

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7 No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley UListen to Sample
8 Alison Hell - Annihilator UListen to Sample
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

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10 The Unforgiven - Metallica UListen to Sample

The Contenders

11 Peace Sells - Megadeth UListen to Sample
12 One - Metallica UListen to Sample
13 Brenda's Got a Baby - 2pac UListen to Sample
14 Anthem - Iced Earth UListen to Sample
15 Tunnel of Pain - Coroner UListen to Sample
16 Another Day In Paradise - Phil Collins UListen to Sample
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

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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

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19 Minority - Green Day UListen to Sample
20 Waterfalls - TLC UListen to Sample
21 They Don't Care About Us - Michael Jackson UListen to Sample
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 UListen to Sample
24 The Freshmen - The Verve Pipe UListen to Sample
25 Home - Goo Goo Dolls UListen to Sample
26 Grown Men Don't Cry - Tim McGraw UListen to Sample
27 The Thunder Rolls - Garth Brooks
28 Rich Girl - Hall & Oates UListen to Sample
29 Song for the Lonely - Cher UListen to Sample
30 Man In the Mirror - Michael Jackson UListen to Sample
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

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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

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

1. Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
2. Keep Ya Head Up - 2pac
3. Jeremy - Pearl Jam
1. Alison Hell - Annihilator
2. Peace Sells - Megadeth
3. One - Metallica


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