Protest and Joy

Our Favourite Songs

Woody Guthrie

From the Labour movement to the Civil Rights movement–music has been a key tool for social activists throughout the years. Two of our writers, Mike Martin and Skip Hambling have listed their top ten protest songs. Check out their lists and vote on which one has the best list! You can tell us your favourite protest songs by leaving them in the comments below. 

Mike's List

  1. People Have the Power - Patti Smith
  2. Get Up Stand Up - Bob Marley
  3. Bread and Roses - Joan Baez
  4. We Shall Overcome - Pete Seeger
  5. Imagine - John Lennon
  6. Won’t Back Down - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  7. Uprising - Muse
  8. I Get Knocked Down - Chumbawamba
  9. Part of the Union - The Strawbs
  10. Fight the Power - Public Enemy

Skip's List

  1. This Land Is Your Land - Sharon Jones
  2. The Workers Song - Dropkick Murphys
  3. Guns of Brixton - Rupa and the April Fishes<
  4. Know Your Rights - The Clash
  5. War - Edwin Starr
  6. Tramp the Earth Down - Elvis Costello
  7. Rise Up - Parachute Club
  8. World Turned Upside Down - Billy Bragg
  9. My Own Eyes - Mavis Staples
  10. Redemption Song - Bob Marley

EXTRA: Cuz Skip couldn’t help himself

Papa was a running dog lackey of the bourgeoisie - Paul Jacobs


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