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Iconic politically charged songs from 1950 to now

Stacker Logo By Michele Zipkin of Stacker | Slide 1 of 70: History has seen musicians communicate political messages through their songwriting time and time again. Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and Joni Mitchell are just a few of the greats who churned out poignant anthems commenting on events of their time or a bygone era.Considering the onslaught of protests in today’s divisive political climate, Stacker has compiled a list of iconic political songs from 1950 to 2018—one for each year. Not all popular political songs involve protesting the powers that be, with our list including tunes that drum up support for the military, tap into nationalist sentiments, or touch on subtle but important events throughout U.S. history.

Iconic politically charged songs from 1950 to now

History has seen musicians communicate political messages through their songwriting time and time again. Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and Joni Mitchell are just a few of the greats who churned out poignant anthems commenting on events of their time or a bygone era.

Considering the onslaught of protests in today’s divisive political climate, Stacker has compiled a list of iconic political songs from 1950 to 2018—one for each year. Not all popular political songs involve protesting the powers that be, with our list including tunes that drum up support for the military, tap into nationalist sentiments, or touch on subtle but important events throughout U.S. history.

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