Concert Vault

Top 50: Protest Songs

By: Concert Vault

50 songs / 4:25:08

  1. 1 Stevie Wonder / Blowin In The Wind 05:13
  2. 2 The Staple Singers / Freedom Highway 02:39
  3. 3 The Chambers Brothers / Down By The Riverside 02:51
  4. 4 Sam Hinton / Oh! Freedom 01:17
  5. 5 First Aid Kit / Universal Soldier 03:17
  6. 6 Barbara Dane / Masters Of War 04:55
  7. 7 The Rolling Thunder Revue / This Land is Your Land 04:16
  8. 8 Sweet Honey In The Rock / As Long As I Have Breath In My Body 05:15
  9. 9 The Staple Singers / If I Had A Hammer 02:33
  10. 10 Bob Dylan & The Band / The Times They Are A-Changin' 03:19
  11. 11 Joan Baez / Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos) 04:53
  12. 12 Hedy West / Farm Relief Blues 02:39
  13. 13 Joan Baez / We Want Our Freedom Now 03:54
  14. 14 James Brown / Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud 04:54
  15. 15 Wayne Kramer / Redemption Song 03:00
  16. 16 Bob Marley and the Wailers / Get Up, Stand Up 04:57
  17. 17 Bruce Springsteen / War 03:00
  18. 18 The Neville Brothers / Sister Rosa 04:34
  19. 19 Ben Sollee / A Change Is Gonna Come 04:40
  20. 20 Holly Near / No More Genocide 05:17
  21. 21 Jefferson Airplane / Volunteers 03:37
  22. 22 Creedence Clearwater Revival / Fortunate Son 02:21
  23. 23 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young / Ohio 05:17
  24. 24 Country Joe McDonald / The Bleep Cheer / I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die-Rag 04:18
  25. 25 Barbara Dane / Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation 03:35
  26. 26 The Rolling Stones / Gimme Shelter 05:25
  27. 27 Band Of Gypsys / Machine Gun 13:17
  28. 28 The Who / My Generation 09:29
  29. 29 Stephen Stills / For What It's Worth 04:35
  30. 30 Chicago / It Better End Soon 14:39
  31. 31 Les McCann / What's Going On 07:16
  32. 32 John Lennon / Give Peace A Chance 07:40
  33. 33 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band / Chimes Of Freedom 05:41
  34. 34 Jonathan Edwards / Sunshine 03:04
  35. 35 The Rolling Thunder Revue / Hurricane 08:18
  36. 36 The Sex Pistols / God Save The Queen 04:05
  37. 37 Sting / Ellas Danzan Solas (Cueca Solas) (with Peter Gabriel) 11:27
  38. 38 Peter Gabriel / Biko 12:38
  39. 39 Tracy Chapman / Talkin' Bout A Revolution 03:31
  40. 40 Elvis Costello & the Attractions / Peace in Our Time 05:39
  41. 41 Randy Newman / Political Science (Let's Drop The Big One) 02:26
  42. 42 Grateful Dead / Morning Dew 13:13
  43. 43 John Hall / Plutonium Is Forever 03:16
  44. 44 Jackson Browne / Lives In the Balance (Featuring David Crosby and Graham Nash) 04:35
  45. 45 Bob Dylan & The Band / Maggie's Farm 04:40
  46. 46 Bruce Springsteen / Born In The U.S.A. 08:12
  47. 47 Dr. John / Let's Make A Better World 03:30
  48. 48 Billy Joel / Allentown 03:54
  49. 49 Johnny Paycheck / Take This Job And Shove It 04:43
  50. 50 John Lennon / Imagine 03:24
Description
Here's a playlist of protest songs that highlights the breadth and depth of the Vault. You'll find old spirituals used during the Civil Rights movement, songs about social injustice written by the likes of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, anti-Vietnam War anthems, songs warning against nuclear proliferation, songs written in support of the Universal Human Rights movement in the 1980s, an anti-folk-protest song, and more. Regardless of a song's specific message, one thing is clear from a mix like this: music has always been, and will continue to be, a deeply powerful catalyst for change.
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Here's a playlist of protest songs that highlights the breadth and depth of the Vault.

You'll find old spirituals used during the Civil Rights movement, songs about social injustice written by the likes of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, anti-Vietnam War anthems, songs warning against nuclear proliferation, songs written in support of the Universal Human Rights movement in the 1980s, an anti-folk-protest song, and more.

Regardless of a song's specific message, one thing is clear from a mix like this: music has always been, and will continue to be, a deeply powerful catalyst for change.