Best Social Issue and Hardship Songs


The Top Ten

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 Minority - Green Day
19 Waterfalls - TLC
20 Hard Knock Life - Jay Z
21 The Freshmen - The Verve Pipe
22 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

23 Home - Goo Goo Dolls
24 Grown Men Don't Cry - Tim McGraw
25 The Thunder Rolls - Garth Brooks
26 Rich Girl - Hall & Oates
27 Song for the Lonely - Cher
28 Man In the Mirror - Michael Jackson
29 Cop Killer - Ice T
30 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

31 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

32 Positive - Spearhead
33 Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio
34 Too Hot - Coolio
35 Imagine - John Lennon
36 Mercy, Mercy Me - Marvin Gaye
37 Free Xone - Janet Jackson
38 What It's Like - Everlast
39 What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
40 The Message - Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
41 World Wide Suicide - Pearl Jam
42 Where is the Love - Black Eyed Peas
43 Long Way to Go - Gwen Stefani
44 Hell You Talmbout - Janelle Monae
45 99 Red Balloons - Nena
46 Same Love - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
47 Beautiful - Christina Aguilera
48 Unpretty - TLC
49 What It Feels Like for a Girl - Madonna
50 They Don't Care About Us - Michael Jackson
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