Political Protest Songs – The Mixtape

Here is a mixtape of 10 favorite political protest songs. You are welcome to listen to them here or download them as one mp3 file:



I took my original list of 5 political protest songs, added 5 more, mixed them and put them here.

This is the list:

  1. U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday – from a live performance in Rome (1987).
  2. Tracy Chapman – Talkin’ Bout a Revolution – from the album Tracy Chapman (1988).
  3. The Times They Are A Changin’ – Bob Dylan – taken from Essential Bob Dylan (2000). The song was recorded in the 60s.
  4. Ignoreland – R.E.M. – from Automatic for the People (1992).
  5. Russians – Sting – from The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985).
  6. Fitter Happier – Radiohead – from OK Computer (1997).
  7. Have A Cigar – Pink Floyd – from Wish You Were Here (1975).
  8. The Queen is Dead – The Smiths – from The Queen is Dead (1986)
  9. The Restless Consumer – Neil Young – from Living with War (2006).
  10. Rockin’ in the Free World – Pearl Jam (originally by Neil Young) – from Live: 07-11-03 Mansfield, MA (2003).

I like all these songs’ lyrics and music as well. Most of these songs are popular mainstream songs, and a few are less known.

Like in the previous mixtape, Remember to buy the original albums. I’m not encouraging piracy of any form. If I’ll be asked to remove this mix tape by the owner’s of the rights, I’ll obey at once…

There are lots of other excellent political protest songs. I created the list with some small help from this Vikki entry.

If I missed something really great (and I probably did), please tell me. I hope you’ll enjoy it.