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Greatest Liberal Songs[edit]


also see wp:Category:Songs against racism and xenophobia

  1. Alabama John Coltrane. About the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.
  2. And Sadness Will Sear Trivium. About the killing of Matthew Shepard (Specifically this is about homophobia, but it fits this category well)
  3. Biko Peter Gabriel. A protest song about the death of anti-apartheid protester Steve Biko while in police custody.
  4. Black or White Michael Jackson. "It don't matter if you're black or white"
  5. Bruises Skindred. About fighting drunken racists "I never trusted you lot, and why don't you go back to Africa".
  6. Born in East L.A. Cheech & Chong.
  7. Chocolate Rain Tay Zonday. Some stay dry while others feel the pain.
  8. Colorado Kool-Aid Johnny Paycheck (also recorded by Red Sovine). Don't pick racist bar fights.
  9. Damn Right I Am Somebody Fred Wesley & the JB's (1974)
  10. Don't Call me Nigger, Whitey Sly and the Family Stone.
  11. Embarrassment Madness. The song itself is a bit oblique unless you know the story behind it: Lee Thompson wrote it about his parents' response to his sister (white) becoming pregnant by her boyfriend (black). Hence "seems they don't want to know you no more... you're an embarrassment".
  12. I'm a Man Bo Diddley. Recorded in 1955, at a time when adult black men were routinely called "boy" in the South. (The beat of the song is more reminiscent of Aboriginal beats.)
  13. Melting Pot By Blue Mink - although the idea that we all ought to end up the same colour is a bit weird.
  14. Proud To Be Black Run-DMC.
  15. Racist Friend The Special AKA. If you have a racist friend, now is the time for that friendship to end.
  16. Say It Loud - I'm Black And I'm Proud (Parts 1 & 2) James Brown (1969)
  17. Society's Child Janis Ian
  18. Strange Fruit Billie Holiday (1939)
  19. Sun City Artists United Against Apartheid. Title track from a 1985 benefit album featuring several popular acts of that time.[1]
  20. We Don't Need No Colour Code Steve Taylor. A Christian musician no less, smacking Bob Jones University upside the head for their no-interracial-dating policy.
  21. Young, Gifted, and Black Nina Simone
  22. Your Racist Friend They Might Be Giants. "Can't shake the devil's hand and say you were only kidding" indeed.

Aboriginal and somewhat aboriginal[edit]

  1. Cortez the Killer Neil Young
  2. Don't Drink the Water Dave Matthews Band
  3. Ghost Dance Robbie Robertson asks you to look at the Indian Holocaust from a different direction.
  4. Electric Pow Wow A Tribe Call Red
  5. Music for Native Americans Robbie Robertson
  6. Miles From Our Home Cowboy Junkies
  7. Pocahontas Neil Young cover by Crash Vegas. "They killed us in our teepees, and they cut our women down. They might have left some babies, lying on the ground...,Marlon Brando, Pocahontas, and me."
  8. Run to the Hills Iron Maiden
  9. Tshinanu Kashtin (sung in wp:Innu-aimun)
  10. That "What's the time Mr. Wolf" song (Maori)

Atheism (and Agnosticism)[edit]

  1. Dear God XTC. "If you really exist, you should take some responsibility for what you did here. And read the Bible while you're at it, it's gonna freak you out. Nah, who am I kidding?"
  2. Knights of Cydonia Muse
  3. No Matter How Hard You Try Young Galaxy
  4. Mother Earth And Father Time from the movie Charlotte's Web. Evolution, and no afterlife, in a kids movie? Yup. But this is much more tender than the original novel, which outright mocked, and somewhat vilified, religion.
  5. Opiate Tool
  6. St. Peter's Cathedral Death Cab For Cutie

Religious hypocrisy, televangelism and related hysteria[edit]

  1. East Jesus Nowhere Green Day "Put your faith in a miracle and it’s non-denominational, join the choir, we'll be singing, in the church of wishful thinking."
  2. A View From The End Of The World Machinae Supremacy. Taking the concept of the above and applying it to a larger scale, telling of the apocalypse that religious war could bring if fundamentalists gained sufficient power to start global war and were fed up with the heathens of their world.
  3. Billy the Bum John Prine. "Now some folks they wait/And some folks they pray/For Jesus to rise up again/But none of these folks/In their holy cloaks/Ever took Billy on as a friend."
  4. Blasphemous Rumours Depeche Mode. A girl's god fails to save her life after an accident.
  5. Counterfeit God Black Label Society. Zakk Wylde's condemnation of televangelists.
  6. Cry to the Moon Epica. Calls out religious hypocrisy.
  7. Faith Healer Recoil. Bit of an easy target, those faith healers.
  8. From Here To There Eventually Steppenwolf. Hypocritical preachers should use their influence to end poverty and hunger, instead they campaign against premarital sex.
  9. God Tori Amos. Parodies the Appalachian snake cult, has rats crawl over her in a Hindu rat temple, and sings to a candle (one that's cylindrical).
  10. Goldmine in the Sky The Pukka Orchestra. "I found that the New Testament, was a damn good invest-a-ment...,and Mary Magdalen-i 's got a brand new Lamborghini."
  11. Good Christian Soldier Kris Kristofferson. Good Baptist kid gets sent to Vietnam War and finds out the God-and-Flag he was fed doesn't quite cut it.
  12. Greater Good of God Iron Maiden. Suggests that organized religion is evil, and Jesus would be ashamed of the killing done in his name.
  13. Happiness Is Just A Chant Away Chumbawamba. Mocks the Hare Krishna movement and pop stars who align themselves with it (they were probably thinking of Boy George in particular).
  14. Harper Valley PTA Jeannie C. Riley. Wherein a liberated woman exposes the uppity church ladies for their hypocrisy. (Note: Riley has since converted to evangelical Christianity. She now performs a sequel of sorts where she is happily one of the town busybodies.)
  15. Heavy Metal Poisoning Styx. Spoof of anti-rock evangelists.
  16. Heresy Nine Inch Nails. Aggressive attack on Christianity, condemning the "atrocities done in His name". See also "Terrible Lie".
  17. Hypocrites KoRn. While there's speculation that the song is a diss towards former band member Brian "Head" Welch, the song pretty much slams televangelists.
  18. I Will Follow You Into The Dark Death Cab For Cutie
  19. I'm Going to Hell for This One NOFX. A song written from Jesus's point of view: "He thinks Christians are insane...'If you're gonna look to me better get rose colored shades, Cause what you see is what you get!'"
  20. Irish Son Brian McFadden. The last thing anyone expected when McFadden, one of five pretty-boy teen idols in ultra-safe boyband Westlife, went solo, was for the title track of his debut album to be an attack on Catholic schools.
  21. Jacob's Ladder Huey Lewis and the News; Bruce Hornsby and the Range (both recorded versions of this song)
  22. Jesus He Knows Me Genesis. Phil Collins and bandmates spoof televangelism and rein in the big bucks. Too bad this was from the height of Genesis' crappy pop period. You shut your whore mouth! People like Genesis? You shut your whore mouth!
  23. Judith, A Perfect Circle. A woman is terribly crippled and this song rips on how her insistence on prayer is just a waste of time.
  24. Long Haired Country Boy and Uneasy Rider Charlie Daniels Band. Both songs anti-religious hypocrisy from back before Charlie Daniels turned into one himself.
  25. Miracle Man Ozzy Osbourne. That liberal Prince Of Darkness attacks G-dfearing televangelists!
  26. Moral Majority The Dead Kennedys. It mentions Andy's mom, though I doubt that he appreciates the nod.
  27. Pretend We're Dead L7 "Turn the tables with our unity. They're neither moral nor majority. Wake up and smell the coffee; or just say no to individuality, when we pretend that we're dead."
  28. Propane Nightmares Pendulum. Mentions and vaguely criticises Heaven's Gate, can be interpreted as an anti religious cult song.
  29. Religion I and Religion II. PIL. The greatest living Englishman (or not) at his snarling best.
  30. Send Me Your Money Suicidal Tendencies. Send it all!
  31. She's the Devil TPOH (The Pursuit of Happiness). The video mixes those 1990's phone sex ads with TV evangelism. Cute lyrics: "She's so wild. And you're so normal. She's Sean Young. And you're a Deborah Norville."
  32. Startin' Up A Posse Anthrax. Slams Tipper Gore and the PMRC something fierce.
  33. Terminal Illusions Meshuggah. Obviously antitheism, although their hilarious music video has nothing to do with the lyrics.
  34. The God That Failed Metallica. James Hetfield's mother was an ardent believer in Christian Science and refused medical treatment for her cancer because of this.
  35. The Heretic Anthem Slipknot. A song about how evangelists constantly describe bands as "evil" or "satanic".
  36. The Last Stop Dave Matthews Band. An atheists call to stop violence in religions name.
  37. The Morality Squad GWAR song about religious busybodies. Lyrics include "Freedom for all the people, brave, true, and strong. Freedom for all the people, unless I think you're wrong."
  38. Violator Machinae Supremacy. An attack on the society that fundamentalism creates.
  39. Would Jesus Wear a Rolex? Recorded by Ray Stevens. Christian comedian mocking TV evangelists.
  40. Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore John Prine.

Christmas and other holiday songs[edit]

  1. Christmas Wrapping (I think) by the Waitresses
  2. 12 Days of Christmas The Yobs. "Five fucking whores!!" ("One, Two, Three, Four!!")
  3. Hanukkah Song Adam Sandler
  4. The Toby Keith song Parody. Why do the terrorists hate Christmas?
  5. Santa Claus Is A Black Man Akim & Teddy Vann. Right on!
  6. Santa Claus, Go Straight To The Ghetto James Brown
  7. Christmas in Heaven Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
  8. David Letterman and Ted Nugent - Christmas Show. Parody of Bing and Bowie.
actually nice[edit]
  1. Christmas in Prison John Prine
  2. December will be Magic Again Kate Bush
  3. Run with the Fox Chris Squire and Alan White.
  4. Siberian Khatru by Yes and this Japanese version

Capital Punishment[edit]

  1. Bullshit Politicians Propaghandi. It's about freeing Mumia Abu Jamal and other death row prisoners.
  2. Crime for Crime Ani DiFranco. "Everyone needs to see the prisoner/they need to make it even easier/they see me as a symbol, and not a human being.../say it's not murder, it's a metaphor.”
  3. No Rope as Long as Time Latin Quarter. It's about hanging, 'nuff said.
  4. Ride The Lightning Metallica. “Who made you god to say/'I'll take your life from you!'"

Censorship and Free Speech[edit]

  1. Banned in the USA 2 Live Crew. Licensed parody of the Springsteen song. Wrote to protest the censorship or their records and the arrest of the group in Florida.
  2. The Freakin' FCC Family Guy. Lampoons the freakin' FCC for being the "stuffiest of special interest groups".


  1. Don't Step on the Grass, Sam Steppenwolf. Marijuana is bad, m'kay?
  2. Illegal Smile John Prine
  3. Legalize it Peter Tosh


  1. Mama Economy Tay Zonday. The only song I know that makes reference to Ayn Rand.
  2. No Banker Left Behind Ry Cooder
  3. Fortune 500 Everything Everything
  4. Animals Muse


also see wp:List of songs about the environment and wp:Category:Environmental songs

  1. After the Gold Rush Neil Young. "Look at mother nature on the run"
  2. Bent Cold Sidewalk Tangerine Dream. "When I talk to the trees; Oh great trees who have learned to speak slowly; I know that they believe that they have an answer; Then I walk in the city where I cannot hear it..." etc
  3. Big Yellow Taxi Joni Mitchell, originally. "They took all the trees and put 'em in a tree museum and charged all the people a dollar and a half to see 'em." Maybe this is a conservative song after all.
  4. Bound by the Beauty Jane Siberry. "And first I'm going to find a forest, and stand out in the trees, and kiss the fragrant forest floor, and lie down in the leaves, and listen to the birds sing, the sweetest song you'll hear."
  5. Collapse (Post-Amerika) Rise Against. "When our rivers run dry and our crops cease to grow/when our summers grow longer and winters won't snow...when our home on the range has been torn down and paved...what more will it take?"
  6. Don't Go Near the Water The Beach Boys.
  7. Escarpment Blues Sarah Harmer. "If they blow a hole in my backyard, everyone is gonna run away. And the creeks won't flow to the Great Lake below. Will the water in the wells still be ok?"
  8. Fallen Eagle Steven Stills. An anti-war song, using the plight of endangered species as a metaphor for the Vietnam War
  9. Glenwood Canyon C.W. McCall. “The river ran wild but it was only a matter of time before the developers came.”
  10. Guns Guns Guns The Guess Who. Hunting eagle and caribou is bad m'kay?
  11. Isle of Man Ministry. Al Jorgensen sings about the greedy use of natural resources as a warning to future generations. "I'm writing/this letter/so no one will forget/some future/cave dweller/will find these notes an Isle of Man."
  12. Kyoto Now Bad Religion.
  13. Little Fighter White Lion. Tribute to the Greenpeace "Rainbow Warrior" after it was sunk by the French government.
  14. Look Out Any Window Bruce Hornsby. It's about fishermen and farmers unable to make a living because of pollution. Oddly enough released before the Exxon Valdez oil spill and hit the charts right as it hit the news.
  15. Mercy Mercy (The Ecology) Marvin Gaye. Oldie but goodie from around the first Earth Day, 1970.
  16. Monkey Gone To Heaven Pixies. A song about an "underwater guy" "killed by ten million pounds of toxic sludge from New York to New Jersey."
  17. My City Was Gone The Pretenders. Anti-development. Rush Limburger has been sekritly programming his listeners with radical liberal enviro-whacko propaganda all this time.
  18. New World Man Rush. "He's got a problem with his poisons/But you know he'll find a cure/He's cleaning up his systems/To keep his nature pure/Learning to match the beat of the Old World Man/Learning to catch the heat of the Third World Man."
  19. No Car Goes Arcade Fire.
  20. Oh, Susquehanna! Defiance, Ohio. "I miss that place behind my house/Where I hiked and climbed and played/Where I ditched this noisy century/Or just hid out from the decade."
  21. Paradise John Prine. There's no such thing as "clean coal."
  22. Rainbow Stew Merle Haggard. Kinda silly but has an ecology theme.
  23. Rocky Mountain High John Denver. "They try to tear the mountains down to bring in a couple more. More people, more scars upon the land." One of two state songs of Colorado.
  24. Spadina Bus Shuffle Demons. There are lots of songs about cars, many of them good. This is a cool song about a route in public transit. "I want confirmation on my information on my transportation to Spadina station."
  25. The Devil's Been Busy Traveling Wilburys
  26. The Earth Dies Screaming" AUK.
  27. The Landscape is Changing Depeche Mode - "I don't care/If you're going nowhere/Just take good care/Of the world".
  28. The Last Resort Eagles. "Call someplace Paradise, kiss it good bye".
  29. There Won't Be No Country Music (There Won't Be No Rock & Roll) C.W. McCall. Really.
  30. We Can Run Grateful Dead, possibly inspired by the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
  31. When the Levee Breaks Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie recorded this song in 1929 and of course Led Zeppelin reworked it in 1971. A Perfect Circle covered it in 2004 shortly before Hurricane Katrina. See When the Levee BreaksWikipedia.
  32. The entire Sunfighter album. Paul Kantner and Grace Slick. Okay, more of a burned out, druggy, and openly neopagan vision of environmentalism, but worth hearing to get an idea what the post-hippie scene was into circa 1971.


also see wp:Category:Songs with feminist themes

  1. I Am Woman (Hear me Roar)" Helen Reddy (She can't travel in the Bible Belt without armed guards now.)
  2. Birmingham Amanda Marshall.
  3. D-I-V-O-R-C-E Tammy Wynette. A minor scandal when released because the subject matter just wasn't something discussed in polite company.
  4. Human Nature Madonna. "I'm not your bitch, don't hang your shit on me. Would it be easier if I was a man? You're the one with the problem. Why don't you just deal with it?"
  5. Odessa Caribou. About a woman leaving an abusive relationship.
  6. Pretty Girl Ani DiFranco. "I'm not a pretty girl. That's not what I do." (said the attractive woman)
  7. Rise Up Parachute Club. (Somewhat feminist and pro-LGBT)
  8. Women Round the World at Work Martha and the Muffins. Very early 80's in a nice way.


  1. Gun Control Ian Hunter.
  2. Mr. Saturday Night Special Lynyrd Skynyrd. Funny how CP left this one out.
  3. Put Out the Fire Brian May/Queen. "People kill people - people with guns!"
  4. Root Radical Rocks Reggae Stiff Little Fingers. "Throw away the guns and the war's all gone."
  5. Seconds Human League. Most likely about the shooting of Lennon.
  6. Shot 18 New Model Army. Anti gun violence song from Bradford's finest.
  7. To The Teeth Ani DiFranco. "we are armed to the teeth/we're all working together now/to make our lives mercifully brief..../and if I hear one more time/about a fool's right to his tools of rage/I'm gonna take all my friends/and I'm going to move to Canada."
  8. Gun Control Dirty Rotten Imbeciles

Labour Rights[edit]

also see wp:Category:Trade union songs

  1. Crushed by the Wheels of Industry Heaven 17. Rather poppy for a labour song.
  2. Dark and Bloody Ground Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers. The coal company against the miners. Co-written by Bruce Springsteen.
  3. Joe Hill Joan Baez (written by Alfred Hayes), performed at Woodstock. Also done by Paul Robeson.
  4. Marshall Riley's Army Lindisfarne. About the Jarrow Crusade.
  5. My Music At Work The Tragically Hip
  6. Part Of The Union The Strawbs. While apparently written to attack the unions, it was adopted by union members and is now probably better known as a protest song than being anti-union.[2]
  7. Penthouse and Pavement Heaven 17. Danceable, though.
  8. Piss Factory Patti Smith. An angry post-folk, pre-punk anomaly. Denouncing the monotony of factory piece-work. The missing link between Carole King and The Clash.
  9. Roll On The Living End. Cuz who doesn't love a good dock worker strike?
  10. The Red Flag traditional. “The people's flag is deepest red/It shrouded oft our martyr'd dead/And ere their limbs grew stiff and cold,/Their hearts' blood dyed its ev'ry fold.”
  11. There Is Power in a Union traditional, performed by Billy Bragg.
  12. The entire albums Coal (Kathy Mattea), and The Unbroken Circle (Tom Breiding). Labor songs about coal mining and miners. Both musicians are from well, where did you expect?
  13. The works of Joe Hill, such as "Preacher and the Slave" and "The Girl Question"


also see wp:Category:LGBT-related songs

  1. A Thrills a Thrill" (late) Long John Baldry. "The gays are straight, and the straights are queer, and the bi's call everybody dear. Leather whips, and nitrate sniffs...,I know a boy who is growing tits...,a thrills a thrill, even in paradise. Live in your head, or live in your heart, but if you don't live at all [I think the last to are the lyrics], then why the hell did you start!" (lyrics of +30 years ago)
  2. All the Young Dudes Mott the Hoople, written by David Bowie. Explicitly gay, yet a big hit, in 1972 no less.
  3. And Sadness Will Sear Trivium. About the killing of Matthew Shepard
  4. Beautiful Christina Aguilera
  5. Cherry Bomb The Runaways. (Possible les'ban overtones.)
  6. Colors Wean. "Many colors in the homo rainbow." Chef (Isaac Hayes) chimes in.
  7. Glad to be Gay Tom Robinson Band. Snarky, biting and very relevant. It was 1978.
  8. Heroes David Bowie. It's either been interpreted as a homage to his producer Tony Visconi for having an secret tryst in Berlin, or a gay couple trying to spend a night together in hiding from the Stasi.[3] Take your pick, because neither negates the irony of it being labeled by National Review as one of their "greatest conservative rock songs."
  9. High School Confidential Rough Trade. Took a little longer (1980) for explicitly lesbian songs to hit the charts. Huge hit in Canada even though or perhaps because a lot of stations either refused to play it or bleeped some of the lyrics.[4]
  10. Homosapien Pete Shelley. "Homo superior in my interior." HOMO sapien too.HOMO sapien like you. And we're HOMO sapien too!
  11. 'Is This My Fate?' He Asked Them Story of the Year. Completely rips on homophobia: "Do you really fucking think/that it's a choice, a way of life/played by discrimination?/you're narrow-minded, quick to judge/with bible belt tunnel vision" and "a bigot's eyes judging lives/based on the sex of who you fuck"
  12. Lola The Kinks. A positive portrayal of transsexual love, even if a bit confused. It doesn't get much more liberal than that.
  13. Lose It Austra (lesbian electropop)
  14. Lucky ("We are the lucky ones") by Bifnaked. Video implies sapphic love, but like most old stories about lesbian romances, it ends in her heterosexuality, or something equally candy-assed or stupid
  15. Queen Bitch David Bowie. So Lou Reed it could have been Lou Reed. "She's so swishy in her satin and tat."
  16. This Charming Man The Smiths.
  17. Viðrar vel til loftárása Sigur Rós. The lyrics don't say much on their own, but the music video makes clear the song's pro-gay message.
  18. Walk on the Wild Side Lou Reed/Velvet Underground. - Transvestite, homosexual, drug use? Only libruls "give (or take?) head" (One of few songs that uses both bass guitar and string bass. Notable sax playing.)


also see wp:List of political punk songs and wp:Category:Political songs

  1. 1812 Overture Tchaikovsky. Celebrates the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte in Russia by digital cannon and fake carillon - say no more.
  2. A Child Is Coming Paul Kantner and Jefferson Starship. Anti-draft. "What are we gonna do when Uncle Samuel comes around, asking for the young one's name? Lookin' for the print of his hand for their files and their numbers game? I don't want his chances for freedom to ever be that slim. Let's not tell 'em about him."
  3. Alice's Restaurant Arlo Guthrie. Classic anti-draft, anti-littering Thanksgiving song. "You want to know if I'm moral enough to join the army, burn women, kids, houses and villages after bein' a litterbug?"
  4. All You Fascists Woody Guthrie. Woody literally had the words "This Machine Kills Fascists" on his guitar.
  5. America for Beginners Latin Quarter. Given the current feeling amongst the Rabid Right, the opening lines are a treat: "What's keeping the White House white? It is chalk, is it fog, is it fear?"
  6. America Kim Mitchell. Biting cynicism and criticism of U.S.-centeredness by Canadian guitarist who was not otherwise known for any cynicism nor political commentary.
  7. American Idiot Green Day. Criticizes post-9/11 America's obsession with the media and criticizes George Bush and the "redneck agenda."
  8. April 29, 1992 (Miami) Sublime. Great song about the Rodney King riots.
  9. Battle Hymn of the Republic Julia Ward Howe. Shivers... "As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free"
  10. Best of All Possible Worlds Kris Kristofferson. Anti-police brutality.
  11. Bourgeoisie Blues Alabama 3. Socialist anthem: "You're so hungry for that smell of money, you've been wasting away for years."
  12. Born in East L.A. Cheech & Chong. (To the tune of "Born in the USA.")
  13. Capital (It Fails Us Now) Gang of Four. "One day old and I'm living on credit."
  14. Chocolate City Parliament-Funkadelic. "Who needs the bullet when you've got the ballot?"
  15. Cinderella Man. Rush. "In the betrayal of his love he awakened/To face a world of cold reality/And a look in the eyes of the hungry/Awakened him to what he could do."
  16. Closer to the Heart Rush. "And the men who hold high places/Must be the ones to start/To mold a new reality/Closer to the heart."
  17. Cocaine Socialism Pulp. Questioning New Labour's political honesty.
  18. Dead Cowboy Lightning Bolt. "Take George Bush to Afghanistan/He's gonna bathe in blood tonight."
  19. Deportee (sung by various country artists, best version probably by Highwaymen w/ Julio Iglesias), decries draconian anti-immigration measures and celebrates the humanity of Mexican immigrants.
  20. Eve of Destruction Barry McGuire. 60s anti-nuclear.
  21. Everybody Knows Leonard Cohen. (Another Canadian.) "Everybody knows that the war is over/Everybody knows the good guys lost/Everybody knows the fight was fixed/The poor stay poor, the rich get rich...Everybody knows the deal is rotten/Old Black Joe's still pickin' cotton/For your ribbons and bows."
  22. For What It's Worth Stephen Stills/Buffalo Springfield. “There's battle lines being drawn/And nobody's right if everybody's wrong/Young people speaking their minds/Getting so much resistance from behind.”
  23. Free Nelson Mandela Special AKA. Must be liberal, considering how Reagan, Bush Sr. and Maggie Thatcher's vetoing of sanctions against the apartheid regime kept him behind bars until the early 90s.
  24. Freedom Jimi Hendrix
  25. Get Up, Stand Up Bob Marley & The Wailers. "Get up, stand up! Stand up for your rights! Get up, stand up! Don't give up the fight!"
  26. Gimme Shelter Rolling Stones. “War, children, it's just a shot away.”
  27. God Save the Queen The Sex Pistols. "The fascist regime, it made you a moron."
  28. Hamburger Lady Throbbing Gristle. Questions the morality of keeping a severely burned woman alive. (See euthanasia.)
  29. Idiot Son of an Asshole NOFX. Dedicated to President George W. Bush.
  30. John Lee Hooker for President Ry Cooder
  31. L.A.P.D. The Offspring. L.A. riots of 1992, anti-police. "Because justice in L.A. comes in a can of mace."
  32. Land of Confusion Genesis. (Despite what Conservapedia says) anti-militarist, anti-Reagan. (If you've never seen the video, do so immediately.)
  33. Long-Haired Radical Socialist Jew Hugh Blumenfeld. "So let's all sing out praises to that long-haired radical socialist Jew."
  34. Kings and Queens Aerosmith. "Kings and queens and guillotines/Taking lives denied/Starch and parchments laid the laws/When bishops took the ride/Only to deceive."
  35. Long Road Out of Eden Eagles. Protests the Bush administration's imperialism, cronyism, and indifference towards the environment.
  36. New World Order Defiance, Ohio. From the album The Great Depression. [Downloadable for free on the band's website.] "The plan is written in God’s hand so only Bush can read it, and it calls for battle in God’s name and it calls for Bush to lead it, and the blueprint calls to drill for oil, and exterminate the land, and if you can’t hear God’s calling, then you’re probably from France! 'Cause the USA is holy, and the USA is pious, and hallelujah! God is on our side! Hosannah in the highest!"
  37. Ohio Neil Young/CSNY. Decrying the murder of unarmed students by the National Guard.
  38. People See Through You Bruce Cockburn. Bruce Cockburn addresses the rich and powerful. "You hold the tickets to the cemetery. You're big and bad and scary, but people see through you."
  39. Pigs (Three Different Ones) Pink Floyd. "Hey you, Whitehouse, ha ha charade you are./You house proud town mouse, ha ha charade you are./You're trying to keep our feelings off the street,/You're nearly a real treat, all tight lips and cold feet."
  40. Police and Thieves Murvin/Perry. "From Genesis, to Revelation... Bustin' up the nation..."
  41. Prologue/Someday/Liberation Chicago. The "real" Chicago back when they were known as Chicago Transit Authority and hadn't yet turned into mushy pop crooners. About the 1968 Democratic Convention.
  42. Revolution Calling and the rest of Operation Mindcrime by Queensryche. "I'm tired of all this bullshit/They keep selling me on TV/About the communist plan/And all the shady preachers/Begging for my cash."
  43. Rockin' in the Free World Neil Young. "We got a thousand points of light/For the homeless man/We got a kinder, gentler,/Machine gun hand/We got department stores and toilet paper/Got styrofoam boxes for the ozone layer/Got a man of the people, says keep hope alive/Got fuel to burn, got roads to drive."
  44. Sheep Pink Floyd. “Meek and obedient, you follow the leader/Down well-trodden corridors, into the valley of steel.”
  45. Signs Five Man Electrical Band. Decries bias based on appearance. "The sign said long-hair freaky people need not apply."
  46. Six-Fingered Man Elvis Costello/Alan Toussaint. A thinly veiled attack on the Bush administration and its response to Hurricane Katrina "His achievements multiply/Pity half of them seem to be lies/Always helps to advertise/Oh, it's never enough..."
  47. Suicide Machine Death. A song about how people should be allowed to choose when and how they want to die. (See euthanasia)
  48. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Eroica Ludwig van Beethoven. Was originally dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte, but renamed after the liberal Beethoven heard of the former's autocoronation as Emperor.
  49. Thatcher Fucked the Kids Frank Turner. Need you say more?
  50. that Pussy Riot song that got them into trouble
  51. The American Ruse MC5. Title says it all.
  52. The Decline NOFX. "Place a wager on your greed/A wager on your pride/Why try to beat them when, a million others tried?"
  53. The Ghost of Tom Joad. Bruce Springsteen, but the Rage Against the Machine cover is better. Inspired by John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.
  54. The Hand That Feeds Nine Inch Nails. "What if this whole crusade's a charade/And behind it all there's a price to be paid/For the blood which we dine/Justified in the name of the holy and the divine."
  55. The Internationale (Billy Bragg's version) "Freedom is merely privilege extended, unless enjoyed by one and all."
  56. The Law Is For Protection of the People Kris Kristofferson. Anti-police brutality.
  57. The Logical Song Supertramp. "Watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical: a liberal: oh fanatical, criminal"
  58. The Star-Spangled Banner Jimi Hendrix. Because America belongs to everyone, including Black hippies. To say nothing of the fact that his version actually has bombs bursting in air in it.
  59. This Land Is Your Land Woody Guthrie. (Liberal populist verses no one knows.)
  60. Violet Hill Coldplay. "When the banks became cathedrals and a fox became God" resulted in Chris Martin getting the Papa Bear "pinhead" bump.
  61. Up Against the Wall Tom Robinson Band. Angry and very 1978 UK.
  62. Waiting on the World to Change John Mayer
  63. War Bob Marley and the Wailers. Based on a speech by Haile Selassie: "Until the colour of a man's skin is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes, then I say 'war'."
  64. We Can Be Together Jefferson Airplane. A rousing tribute to the late 60s protest movements. Deserves listing here because of the line "up against the wall, motherfuckers!" alone.
  65. We Can't Make it Here James McMurty. Powerful critique of the state of conservative policies.
  66. (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thing Heaven 17. Exactly what the title says. Was censored by the BBC for potential libel in these lines: "Democrats are out of power/'Cross the big wide ocean/Reagan's president-elect/Fascist gun in motion."
  67. Weeping Bright Blue. Yes, whitey South Africans sang protest songs too.
  68. What's Going On? Marvin Gaye. A cry out of the ghetto for justice.
  69. What It's Like Everlast. "She heads for the clinic and she gets some static walkin' through the door./They call her a killer, and they call her a sinner, and they call her a whore./God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in her shoes..."
  70. Won't Get Fooled Again The Who. "Meet the new boss/Same as the old boss." Nuff said.
  71. Woody Guthrie Alabama 3. Anti-nationalist, anti-corporate, anti-military, and anti-NRA. "I don't need no country. I don't fly no flag".
  72. World In Motion Jackson Browne. "Sun goin' down on the USA...we're all gonna be eradicated." I dunno, this one could just as easily be about the New World Order or survivalism. Probably not though.

Privacy and attacks on it[edit]

  1. Every Breath You Take The Police. Think NSA (the video helps you to).
  2. Somebody's Watching Me Rockwell

Social Issues[edit]

  1. ...And Justice for All Metallica. "Halls of Justice painted green/Money talking"
  2. American Life Primus. About the plight of immigrants and veterans in the USA.
  3. Battle of the Beanfield The Levellers. Police brutality. Was written about the 1985 Stonehenge clashes but also made a good anthem for those opposed to the 1994 Criminal Justice Bill.
  4. Dedicated Follower of Fashion Ray Davies/The Kinks. Mocking crass consumerism.
  5. Don't Drink the Water Dave Matthews Band
  6. Downtown performed by Petula Clark. Celebrates the city, diversity, the pleasures of "other people's company".
  7. Father and son Cat Stevens. The conflict between generations
  8. Fight the Power Public Enemy. The classic.
  9. Hooked on Junk k.d.lang. Song about hoarders. What stands out is when she parodies an operatic voice. Also makes extensive use of shaking ice-cubes in a glass.
  10. Ich Bin Ein Auslander Pop Will Eat Itself. An attack on the far right and the associated violence.
  11. If 6 Was 9 Jimi Hendrix, Mocking conformism.
  12. In the Ghetto Elvis Presley. "People, don't you understand, the child needs a helping hand, or he'll grow to be an angry young man some day".
  13. Industrial Disease Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits. Rips the human degradation of capitalism.
  14. Jerusalem Blake/Parry "A call to arms against dark satanic mills, interestingly also appears in the greatest conservative songs list."
  15. Kerosene Big Black. Also about living in a small town with nothing to do.
  16. Mary and Child Born Against. Best pro-choice song (at least best one written by a man).
  17. Not One Of Us Peter Gabriel. "It's only water/in a stranger's tear… but you know how it is/You're not one of us."
  18. Pleasant Valley Sunday Monkees (written by Gerry Goffin and Carol King). Bustin' on the lame-o 'burbs.
  19. Shout Tears For Fears. Encouraging political protest.
  20. Smalltown England New Model Army. True of Britain in the 1980s, still holds true today.
  21. Something To Do Depeche Mode. About living in a small town...where there's nothing to do.
  22. Southern Man Neil Young. Pissed Lynyrd Skynyrd off good, that Canadian boy did when he whined about lynching without his conscience being bothered by Watergate.
  23. The Suburbs Arcade Fire
  24. This is Your Life The Dust Brothers. Anti-consumerism; "You are not your fucking khakis."
  25. Two Hangmen Mason Proffit. Anti-death penalty and pro-civil disobedience.
  26. Under Pressure Queen and David Bowie. The pressure of everyday life is what tears apart families and society, and only by loving each other and caring for "people on streets" can we "give ourselves one more chance."
  27. Well Respected Man Ray Davies/The Kinks. Mocking conformism.
  28. Who's Gonna Build Your Wall? Tom Russell. "Now the government wants to build/A barrier like old Berlin 8 feet tall/But if Uncle Sam sends the illegals home/Who's gonna build the wall?"

War and Peace[edit]

  1. 16 Military Wives The Decemberists. Takes shots at both conservative war hawks and ineffectual, liberal Hollywood celebrities, but mainly focuses on the human cost of war.
  2. 99 Luftballons Nena. Cautionary tale about the end of the world being caused by a simple misunderstanding.
  3. 1916 Motorhead. Anti-WWI song.
  4. American Woman The Guess Who. Another Canadian band. Also covered by Lenny Kravitz (not a Canadian). Anti-Vietnam War song.
  5. Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos Public Enemy. Sung from the point of view of a black man drafted by the government during the Vietnam War and refusing to serve. "They wanted me for their army or whatever/Picture me givin' a damn - I said never... They could not understand that I’m a black man/And I could never be a veteran." (Tricky does a good cover of this song.)
  6. Bombs Not Food The US Bombs. Discusses how the United States would rather spend money on "national security" than food for the poor.
  7. Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen. A song with a patriotic chorus that Ronald Reagan called a "message of hope" until someone on his staff actually listened to the verses and realized it was an anti-war song.[1] "Down in the shadow of penitentiary/Out by the gas fires of the refinery/I'm ten years burning down the road/Nowhere to run ain't got nowhere to go/Born in the U.S.A."
  8. Bring Em Home Pete Seeger. A call to get American troops the hell out of Vietnam.
  9. Brothers Brand New.
  10. Bulls on Parade Rage Against the Machine. "Weapons not food, not homes, not shoes/Not need, just feed the war cannibal animal."
  11. Disposable Heroes Metallica. "Back to the front/You will die when I say/You must die/Back to the front/You coward/You servant/You blind man."
  12. Dust Mr. Mister. Everybody was doing songs about Vietnam in the 80s.
  13. Enola Gay Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark (OMD). About the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
  14. Everybody Wants To Rule The World Tears for Fears. Decries the dangers of warfare by the power hungry.
  15. Fanfare for the Common Man Aaron Copland. Commissioned to honor the soldiers fighting in WWII, but titled to allude to Henry A. Wallace'sWikipedia "century of the common man" speech, which was anti-colonial, pro-labor, and pro-New Deal.
  16. Flesh Storm Slayer. Criticises media manipulation by the government, and the media's portrayal of conflicts: "The cameras are whores for the daily bloodshed."
  17. For Those About To Rot Soulfly. About soldiers being sent to die, and takes shots at the Bush Administration ("Why don't presidents die in wars"). (Note: doesn't sound like the AC/DC song For Those About to Rock.)
  18. Fortunate Son Creedence Clearwater Revival. Anti-war, anti-draft. Was used in a blue jeans commercial. John Fogerty (who actually was drafted) lost the rights to this and many other songs of his. According to, though the song contains the lyric "I ain't no Senator's son" it's actually about David Eisenhower, the only grandson of Dwight Eisenhower, who married Richard Nixon's daughter, Julie, in 1968. David Eisenhower did serve in Vietnam, in the Navy Reserves.
  19. Generals and Majors XTC "...are never happy unless they've got a war"
  20. Goodbye Blue Sky Pink Floyd. Anti-war song about life in the post-WWII world.
  21. Goodnight Saigon Billy Joel. "We came in spastic/Like tame-less horses/We left in plastic/As numbered corpses."
  22. Hello in There John Prine. "We lost Davy in the Korean War/And I still don't know what for/Doesn't matter anymore."
  23. Heresy Rush. Song about the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. "Do we have to be forgiving at last? What else can we do? Do we have to say goodbye to the past? Yes, I guess we do."
  24. Hero of War Rise Against. A song about a soldier who witnesses Abu Ghraib and the killing of civilians.
  25. I Didn't Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier Morton Harvey. Recorded in 1915. Great song for the centennial commemorations
  26. If You Tolerate This, Then Your Children Will Be Next The Manic Street Preachers. About the Spanish Civil War. Title is from a poster of the time that shows a dead child.
  27. I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag Country Joe and the Fish. Anti-Vietnam War song. Sing along to "Be the first one on your block to have your boy come home in a box."
  28. Let Them Eat War Bad Religion. "From the force to the union shops,/the war economy is making new jobs,/but the people who benefit most,/are breaking bread with their benevolent hosts."
  29. Let's Have a War FEAR. Pro-war parody. "There's so many of us there's so many of us there's so many LET'S HAVE A WAARRR! So you can go die! LET'S HAVE A WAR! We could all use the money!"
  30. Lucky Man Emerson, Lake & Palmer. "A bullet had found him/His blood ran as he cried/No money could save him/So he laid down and he died/Ooooh, what a lucky man he was."
  31. Machine Gun Jimi Hendrix. "Evil man make me kill you/Evil man make you kill me/Even though we're only families apart."
  32. Manhattan Project Rush. About the atomic bomb droppings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WWII. Hints at an anti-war stance.
  33. Oliver's Army Elvis Costello
  34. One Metallica. Inspired by a movie/book about a veteran who gets badly wounded fighting in WWI. "Landmine/Has taken my sight/Taken my speech/Taken my hearing/Taken my arms/Taken my legs/Taken my soul/Left me with life in hell."
  35. One Tin Soldier The Original Caste
  36. Orange Crush R.E.M. About 'Nam, even has helicopters chuttering in the middle of it.[5]
  37. Prophets Of War Dream Theater. Suggests ulterior motives for the Iraq War. "Can we help them break away? Are we profiting from war?"
  38. Run Through the Jungle Creedence Clearwater Revival. "Two hundred million guns are loaded/Satan cries, 'Take aim!'"
  39. Sam Stone John Prine, lyrics by Al Kooper. "Sam Stone came home/To his wife and family/After serving in the conflict overseas./And in the time that he had served/It had shattered all his nerves/And it left a little shrapnel in his knee./Oh, but the morphine eased the pain/And the grass grew round his brain/And it gave him all the confidence he lacked/With a purple heart and a monkey on his back.
  40. Sky Pilot Eric Burdon and the Animals. "In the morning they return/With tears in their eyes/The stench of death drifts up to the skies/A soldier so ill looks at the sky pilot/Remembers the words/'Thou shalt not kill.'"
  41. Soldier's Poem Muse
  42. Stone In My Hand Everlast. War, corruption, and oppression in general.
  43. The Butcher's Tale The Zombies. Trench warfare in WWI. Enough said.
  44. The General Dispatch.
  45. The Grave Don McLean. The fear and hell that is war. "They can't let me die, they can't let me die here..."
  46. The Pilgrim's Address Fish, AKA Derek Van Dick. From the viewpoint of an ex-soldier who rhetorically asks the President who was on the moral side after all.
  47. The Rich Man RoadRunner United. A burning indictment of all the parties involved in the Iraq War. A disillusioned soldier suffers a mental breakdown upon realizing his place is in the war machine. "I know the truth is all a lie, my skin is cracking on my lips, I don’t pretend that I can understand why we are doing this, My heart has bled a thousand times, how will I live with what we’ve done? The only comfort is the knowledge that I’m not the only one."
  48. The Unknown Soldier The Doors. Underrated, semi-obscure anti-war song about Vietnam.[6]
  49. The Words That Maketh Murder PJ Harvey. About soldiers in Afghanistan.
  50. There Were Roses Tommy Sands.
  51. Two Little Hitlers Elvis Costello and the Attractions.
  52. Universal Soldier Buffy St. Marie and many others. "He's a catholic, a hindu, an atheist, a jain,/A buddhist and baptist, and a jew./And he knows he shouldn't kill,/And he knows he always will,/Kill you for me my friend and me for you."
  53. Unknown Soldier The Casualties. "Joey is off to die, for another senseless war/No arms, no legs - his mother cries at home/Joey wears the flag, so proud to fight for us/And for a government that doesn't give a fuck."
  54. Us and Them Pink Floyd. Stellar anti-war song from Dark Side of The Moon.
  55. Wake Up! Rage Against the Machine. "You know they went after King/When he spoke out on Vietnam/He turned the power to the have-nots/And then came the shot."
  56. War Edwin Starr. Sums up the pacifist view pretty damn well.
  57. War Pigs Black Sabbath. Ozzy harangues the "generals gathered in their masses/Just like witches at black masses" in an eight-minute, anti-Vietnam sludge-metal epic.
  58. (What's So Funny About) Peace, Love, and Understanding? Nick Lowe/Elvis Costello and the Attractions.
  59. When the Tigers Broke Free Pink Floyd. Roger Waters relating the story of how his father died in WWII.
  60. Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Pete Seeger, Kingston Trio, PP&Mary, the Searchers, even Marlene Dietrich. "Where have all the soldiers gone?/Gone to graveyards every one/When will they ever learn?"
  61. Wooden Ships Crosby Stills and Nash. Presumably the aftermath of a devastating war. “There's just one thing I got to know/Can you tell me please who won?”

More libertarian than leftist[edit]

Consevapedians take note: these are generally classically liberal songs, not leftist, and not conservative songs; but feel free to put them in your list. We'll happily take credit for coming up with them first.

  1. Anthem and many other Rush songs[7]. Likely inspired by the Ayn Rand book by the same name. "Live for yourself, there’s no one else/More worth living for/Begging hands and bleeding hearts/Will only cry for more."
  2. Bastille Day Rush. "Free the dungeons of the innocent/The king will kneel and let his kingdom rise."
  3. Cult of Personality Living Colour.
  4. Farewell to Kings Rush. "Cities full of hatred, fear and lies/Withered hearts and cruel, tormented eyes/Scheming demons dressed in kingly guise/Beating down the multitude and scoffing at the wise."
  5. Forget about forgetting Goddo. "Forget about forgetting! Start remembering again!!"
  6. Freedom of Choice Devo. "I'll say it again in the land of the free, use your freedom of choice."
  7. Hard Line Jill Barber. "It's a hard line, for you to take. Takes a whole lifetime to make it. Don't do it for mine, but your own sake: if you chose to take it."
  8. I used to stand for something" Nine Inch Nails
  9. Living in China Men Without Hats/Les Hommes san Chapeau. Came out a year or so before Safety Dance. A tip of the hat, if you will, to (relatively recent) post-Mao China. "What, did Chairman Mao say? What if he knew [I think those are the lyrics] What they're doing to his wife today."
  10. Looking out for number one BTO. Nice jazzy tune.
  11. Moscow Drug Club (the unfortunately late) B.B.Gabor. The 45 came out around 1980. "Moscow Drug Club. Secret Rendezvous. Moscow Drug Club. Where the Reds play the blues...,Moscow drug club. The Five Year Plan is just a joke. Moscow drug club. Come in comrade...,come in and have a toke."
  12. My Life Billy Joel. "Sooner or later you sleep in your own space. Either way, it's okay, you wake up with yourself.........,I don't care what you say anymore: this is my life. Go ahead with your own life, leave me alone."
  13. Nyet Nyet Soviet (the unfortunately late) B.B.Gabor. A side. Moscow Drug Club on B.
  14. Red Barchetta Rush. "My uncle has a country place/That no one knows about/He says it used to be a farm/Before the Motor Law..."
  15. Red Sector A Rush. "I hear the sound of gunfire at the prison gate./Are the liberators here?/Do I hope or do I fear?"
  16. The Trees Rush. "So the maples formed a union/And demanded equal rights:/'The oaks are just too greedy/We will make them give us light!'/Now there's no more oak oppression/For they passed a noble law/And the trees are all kept equal/By hatchet, axe and saw."
  17. Zooropa Somewhat pro-progress. "Don't worry, baby. It's going to be alright. Uncertainty can be the guiding light...She's going to dream of the world she wants to live in. She's going to dream out loud."


  1. Almost Cut My Hair Crosby, Still, Nash & Young - Crosby's paranoids' anthem.
  2. Aria Delirium featuring the Mediæval Babes.[8]
  3. Bill O'Reilly Dead Birds and Blind Kids. "Bill O'Reilly is... a fucking twit" and so on and so forth.
  4. Border Lord Kris Kristofferson. "Darkness had us covered as we split from Minnesota in the morning, in the rain...when you're headed for the border, Lord, you're bound to cross the line." Unpatriotic draft dodgers!
  5. Breakin' the Law Judas Priest. Only Liberals break laws. If Conservatives break laws, it's only because they're Liberals practicing deceit. Plus we all "know" what leather-daddy Rob Halford is "really" talking about here wink wink nudge nudge...
        Also see under "Sex", Pansy Division's version is, er, a little "different".
  6. C30 C60 C90 Go! Bow Wow Wow. Celebrates home-taping. Record company didn't like this song. There's a satire of Video Killed the Radio Star called "Internet killed the recording industry.
  7. Common Sense John Prine. "One of these days/One of these nights/You'll take off your hat/And they'll read you/Your rights."
  8. Eat The Rich Not the Aerosmith song, the Motorhead one, from the movie of the same name.
  9. Get A Haircut and Get a Real Job George Thorogood. Anti-conformist hippie anthem.
  10. It Never Rains in Southern California Albert Hammond - Denigrates the "American Dream"
  11. Let's Call the Whole Thing Off George & Ira Gershwin - Compromise.... a Liberal tactic to subvert our bad ideas
  12. Louie Louie The Kingsmen. Can anyone out there understand the lyrics? Neither can I. Must be a liberal plot to indoctrinate our kids with premarital sex and communism! Why else would they conceal the lyrics like that?
  13. My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg) The Ramones. Dares to attack Saint Reagan for visiting a cemetery where a few members of the Waffen-SS were buried. Blasphemy!
  14. Mr. Roboto Styx. Rebellion? Fighting the established order? Disobeying the Law? LIBERAL!!
  15. New Orleans is sinking Tragically Hip. "New Orleans is sinking, man, and I don’t want to swim." (Made 24 years ago.)
  16. Orgasmatron Motorhead (and cover by Mourning Sickness). 2000 years of misery and torture in my name and Your bones will build my palaces. Your eyes will stud my crown. For I am Mars, the God of War, and I will cut you down. Part anti-religion, part political.
  17. Party Down Reel Big Fish. Anti-corporation and pro-party. What more could you ask for in a liberal?
  18. Personal Jesus Depeche Mode. "Reach out and touch 'faith'!"
  19. Punky's Dilemma Simon and Garfunkel. More draft dodging hippie peacenick traitors.
  20. Quit Hollerin' at Me John Prine. Goddam commercials! "I don't want your big French fry/I don't want your car/I don't want to buy no soap/From no washed-up movie star."
  21. Seven Bucks Elizabeth Shepherd Trio. What a homeless person needs to get a bed for the night. (Jazzy. She looks a bit like the young Joni Mitchel. Music is also similar. Sings a bit like Rickie Lee Jones.)
  22. Sitting in the Back of a Police Car Massena. Counter to Big Circle's "Bad Boys" (theme to COPS).
  23. Sleep Now in the Fire Rage Against the Machine. "The Nina, the Pinta, the Santa Maria/The noose and the rapist, the fields' overseer/The agents of orange/The priests of Hiroshima."
  24. Take the 'A' Train Billy Strayhorn, encouraging publicly owned mass transit to places no decent American wants to go.
  25. The Juggernauts, Anthem, and Rescue Me by Zebrahead. The first two are fitting anthems to those who are repressed.
  26. The Liberty Bell (March) John Philip Sousa. If the Monty Python's Flying Circus theme isn't a liberal favorite, what is? Phblllt!!!
  27. Theme From An Imaginary Western Mountain. Speaking of unintelligible lyrics...the lyrics "do not" match what is on the official lyric sheet, that's for sure. It's hard to tell exactly what they are singing but they sound suspiciously druggy and probably part of the Communist plot against America.
        Written by Jack Bruce, a Britisher (Scot??) of Cream (sometimes) so it's really Britain's problem
  28. Tom Sawyer Rush. "No, his mind is not for rent, to any God or government."
  29. We Didn't Start the Fire Billy Joel
  30. What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong - Obvious environmentalist message, and friends shaking hands, saying I love you? HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA!!!!!!
  31. World on Fire Sarah McLachlan "I watch the heavens but I find no calling, Something I can do to change what's coming"
  32. You can't go back home Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir
  33. Melissa Etheridge (with shaved head) & Joss Stone Janis Joplin Tribute
  34. Musician-cum-comedian Tim Minchin.

Video greatly adds to them[edit]

  1. Born free MIA. Parody-of-sorts of Iraq War II, War on Terrorism, and Patriot Act. Warning: this video contains scenes as violent as a slap in the face with a brick. A SWAT team enters an apartment building, they bludgeon a woman, they break into a room where two naked hippies are lying and beat them, they round up the redheads, save a few in Arab-like headdress who throw bottles at the passing security vehicles. Teen redhead gets his brains blown out. If you are a redhead, you might want to follow it with these videos:
    Dave Mustaine's Megadeath's Sweating Bullets and Peace Sells (but who’s buying) as a counter (as he is red). "Whaddayamean I'm don't support the system, I go to court when I have to...,Whaddayamean I'm not kind. I'm just not your kind.")
  2. Come And See Young Galaxy. Though the lyrics might be New Age ish. Hard to tell with them.
  3. Kathy Lee Jessy Lanza. Not really about Kathy Lee, but features Dancing Guy, who doesn't walk the streets of Hamilton, but dances through them.
  4. Sour Girl Stone Temple Pilots. Makes fun of Tele-tubby scandal.

Notable artists/groups[edit]


The Beatles[edit]

Johnny Cash[edit]

Johnny Cash and U2[edit]

The Clash![edit]

Daniel Johnston[edit]

Midnight Oil[edit]

System of a Down[edit]

Tea Party[edit]


Xiu Xiu[edit]

Frank Zappa[edit]

Bob "Zimmerman" Dylan (cp:Bob Dylan)[edit]

Greatest "conservative" songs, so-called[edit]

  1. Against the Modern World Sol Invictus. Enough with the effete modern west, bring back the Dark Ages.
  2. America is Sexy Paul Hyde
  3. Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2 Pink Floyd. “We don't need no [Department of] Eduction.”
  4. Capitalism Oingo Boingo. "You're just a middle-class socialist brat/From a suburban family/And you never really had to work."
  5. Cool to Hate Offspring
  6. Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums A Perfect Circle
  7. Dog Eat Dog AC/DC. And the French eat frog. Also pro-capitalism.
  8. Empire Queensryche
  9. Fight To Live Blitz. Pro-war without just cause (think Iraq): "We fight to live, we live to fight. We don't give a sh*t what's wrong or what's right."
  10. Glory of the 80s Tori Amos.
  11. He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss) The Crystals. Good girls stay by their man, no matter what.
  12. Hells Bells AC/DC. If good's on the Left then I'm sticking to the Right.
  13. Heterosexuals Have the Right to Rock The Mentors. Yeah baby!
  14. I Wanna Go Back Eddie Money
  15. Imposter Oingo Boingo
  16. Intolerance Tool
  17. Kill the Poor Dead Kennedys. Most succinct summary of the Republican platform ever put to music.
  18. Killing An Arab The Cure. This here is that song about killing Ay-Rabs.
  19. Lawyers, Guns and Money Warren Zevon.
  20. Los Angeles X. She had to leave Los Angeles because the Mexicans and the homosexuals and the idle rich gave her a lot of shit.
  21. Macho Man Village People. God bless these fine upstanding men for providing masculine role models who look like REAL men instead of like a bunch of metrosexual girly-men.
  22. My Beach Surf Punks. This is my beach, my chicks, and my waves so you outsiders keep the hell out.
  23. New York's Alright If You Like Saxophones Fear. New York's alright if you're a homosexual.
  24. (K)nights in White Satin The Moody Blues. Obviously pro KKK.
  25. One Holy Bible Reagan Youth. Heaven shall be your reward.
  26. Papa Don't Preach Madonna. Anti-abortion and pro-shotgun marriage. 'Nuff said.
  27. Powerslave Iron Maiden
  28. Slaughterama GWAR. What to do with the smelly hippie Dead Heads and the art fags.
  29. Speak English Or Die S.O.D. Speak English or die (It should be noted that S.O.D. were a deeply sarcastic side project by Scott Ian from Anthrax, who is Jewish. They're not pro-racism whatsoever.) #Sweatshops Are Cool Anal Cunt. Pro-free markets and anti-bleeding hearts.
  30. Take the Money and Run Steve Miller Band. "Billy Mack is a detective down in Texas... He makes his livin' off of the people's taxes."
  31. The Hand of The Almighty John R. Butler. "Yes God will f*ck you up, if you dare to disobey his stern command. He'll f*ck you up, yes you know he'll f*ck you up, so you better do some prayin' while you can."
  32. The White Man Marches On Johnny Rebel. If Pat Buchanan ever runs for office again, this should be his campaign song.
  33. Tomorrow Belongs to Me Kander and Ebb. Reassures us that morality and family values will eventually triumph over decadence and Liberal deceit.
  34. Total War Boyd Rice. Do you want total war? Yes you want total war.
  35. Unmarked Helicopters Soul Coughing
  36. Wake of the Christian Knights Inkubus Sukkubus. A stirring endorsement of the Crusades!
  37. We're a Happy Family The Ramones. An endorsement of the traditional nuclear family.
  38. We're Not Gonna Take It Twisted Sister. You're all worthless and weak, and we're right, we're free, we'll fight, you'll see.
  39. White Minority Black Flag. White pride, you're an American.

Real deal (if at times extremist)[edit]

  1. Anything by Skrewdriver, a Nazi skinhead band
  2. Don't Tread on Me Metallica
  3. God is God Laibach. They too might be Nazis, or Communists, or Communist-Nazis, or something.
  4. I am the Law Human League. "You know I am no stranger. You know rules are a bore. But just to keep you from danger, I am the law." Hard to tell if he's joking.
  5. I love Margaret Thatcher
  6. I've been to Paradise Message. Woman regrets her life as a libertine/liberal? She found real joy when she assumed a traditional role. The presumed stuck-up bitchy feminist whore she's singing too should do the same. Seems to regret getting an abortion.
  7. Kiss My Ass Ted Nugent. Tells Hillary, Jesse Jackson, Sarah Brady, and all those liberals to kiss his ass.
  8. Let's Roll Neil Young. Neil and Toby Keith endorse Bush's "War on Terror"

New Agey Songs[edit]

  1. Indigo Children Puscifer
  2. Mystic Rhythms Rush

Songs that actually celebrate rationality[10][edit]


See also[edit]

external links[edit]


  1. Miami Steve Van Zandt of Bruce Springstein's East Side Band got this going. He criticized Paul Simmon for going to South Africa. Noted trumpeter Hugh Masekela, who described Juluka as "poppycock," laughed at the idea of cultural boycotts, saying they weren't necessary. While "Sun City" sounds like typical American pop music, Simon's music definitely has African influences.
  4. In Toronto at least there was little to no pausing 30 years ago. Canadian radio has gotten more candy-assed in that department. Even "Edge 102.1" censors the F-word. Sometimes CBC doesn't. I hear Carole Pope has spent over 20 years in LA. I hear no of her recent stuff.
  5. Might also be a reference to agent orange.
  6. Possibly the only Doors song worth listening to, if you can barely stand the band.
  8. Woman dressed a bit like Morticia, in a bathtub with granny smith apples, singing in Middle English.
  9. Amanda Palmer sings that if John Lennon played the song on the ukelele, more people would get it.
  10. Essay:I thought this was supposed to be RATIONALWiki

Deleted songs:[edit]

  1. 21st Century Schizoid Man King Crimson
  2. Dance After Curfew Nash the Slash. Mostly instrumental, electric violin by a guy who looks a bit like the Invisible man.
  3. Dogs Pink Floyd. About the middle-class. Slightly more socialist than it is liberal.
  4. From The Air Laurie Anderson
  5. Handlebars Flobots. The video is about two friends, one of whom leads a rebellion against the other. The song is about pride overtaking a person until they feel they are gods, and above normal morals/laws.
  6. We Suck Young Blood Radiohead
  7. All You Need Is Love Humorous ideas of saving the world through love.
  8. Blackbird "Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take those broken wings and learn to fly. All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arrive."
  9. Girl Ahh, girl.... obvious sound of inhalation of herbal jazz cigarette.
  10. She's Leaving Home The young must leave the nest, even if parents don't understand.
  11. The End "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love... you make."
  12. Within You, Without You Mystical ideas of saving the world through love.
  13. Smugglers Blues Glen Frey
  14. Cake and Sodomy "Cash in hand and dick on screen, who said God was ever clean?"
  15. Fight Song

Sex Trade[edit]

see also wp:Category:Songs about prostitutes

  1. Love for Sale Elizabeth Sheppard. She intended her version to be less sad/victimcentric than those previous (cool jazzy version).
  2. Sex Trade Worker Mourning/Morning Sickness

kinda pro-gun lefties[edit]

  1. If I had a rocket launcher Bruce Cockburn. "Some son of a bitch would die!"
  2. The Guns of Brixton The Clash. Oops, this one's not anti-gun... Well, it might be. Kinda hard to tell, but Strummer was a die-hard socialist, so we'll leave this up. (already mentioned twice elsewhere)
  3. Cop Killer Body Count (Ice T). "Cop killer. Better you than me. Cop killer. Fuck police brutality! Cop killer. I know your family's grieving—fuck 'em! Cop killer, but tonight we get even!" (With drum beats replaced with gun shot samples.)
  4. Hunter Bjork. "I'm going hunting. I'm the hunter."
  5. If I had a rocket launcher by pro-gun leftist Bruce Cockburn. (mentioned elsewhere here)
  6. The Guns of Brixton The Clash (already mentioned before on this list). Bassist Paul Simonon poses the question "When they kick at your front door, how you gonna come? With your hands on your head or on the trigger of your gun?" (Yes indeed, those jack-booted thugs will have to answer to the Guns of Brixton!)


  1. All or nothing Au Revoir Simone. "Everywhere is somewhere baby So can't you see we're in the middle of somewhere. 'Nowhere' just means knowing nothing of where you been or where you're going."
  2. Blackout Muse. "This life could be the last, and we're too young to see."
  3. Castles Made of Sand Jimi Hendrix. It's just... philosophical. And it's Jimi.
  4. Eternal Fatalist Lowest of the Low "You say your moon's in the seventh house. But your butt's been three days on my couch"[1]
  5. Freewill Rush.
  6. From Both Sides Joni Mitchel
  7. Help I'm Alive Metric
  8. Language Is A Virus Laurie Anderson
  9. Lucklucky Veda Hille.
  10. One Life Raggeadeth featuring Michee Mee. [In a Jamaican accent] "Love the life of live, and live da life of love. Cause after life there death......Raggadeth!"
  11. The Cause Broken Social Scene. I'm pretty sure he sings, "We all want to fuck the cause." Video features lead wearing a gas mask and waving a sword, while others play with paper bags over their heads. Leslie Feist (Mac's "I, 2, 3, 4, tell me that you love me more..,") was a member of this "musical collective" as well as Metric's Emily Haines.
  12. When something stands for nothing The Headstones. "This one's for nuthin', and this one's for fun, and this one's about rock 'n' roll, and comic books, and bubblegum."
  13. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction The Rolling Stones. "When I'm drivin' in my car/and a man comes on the radio/he's tellin' me more and more/about some useless information" Anti-Consumerism, anybody?

Sex and Love[edit]

see also wp:Category:Songs about sexuality

  1. Almost any blues song singing about cars, trains, ham-bones and a bunch of other things.
     nbsp;You got a nice pair of headlights, etc
  2. Anything by Pansy Division.
  3. A Question of Time Depeche Mode, supporting teen sex.
  4. A Really Good Time Roxy Music. About a women who always has "a really good, really good, really good... time"
  5. All Grown Up Johnny Horton. Songs about incest, however, could easily hit #26 without raising an eyebrow. In 1963. On the U.S. country music charts. Go figure.
  6. Bodies Sex Pistols. According to the band, it's pro-choice.
  7. Closer Nine Inch Nails. "I wanna f*ck you like an animal." Bonus: "You bring me closer to God."
  8. Cotton Wool Lamb. Trip-hop love song.
  9. Darling Nikki Prince. It offended Tipper Gore so much that she decided to found the PMRC in the 1980's.
  10. Diddle My Skittle Peaches. "Cause there's only one peach with the hole in the middle."
  11. Dis Moi Mitsou. Was too much for Much (MuchMusic being Canada's version of MTV). Came around the same time as Madonna's Justify My Love and is better.
  12. Feel It Jackalope. It's the way she sings it.
  13. From This Moment On Shania Twain. She seem to have kept her end of the bargain with Mutt.
  14. Guacamole The Texas Tornadoes
      I grabbed her tomatoes, she grabbed my chili pepper and we were making guacamole all night long. (also done by the Pathetics)
  15. Hot Rod Peaches. "You're my hot rod. Give me your wad."
  16. Hot for Teacher Van Halen. A cute song about a minor wanting to have sex with an adult.
  17. How Many Licks Lil Kim ft. Sisqo (does this even need an explanation?)
  18. If You Love Somebody, Set Them Free Sting. Regrets writing "Every Breath You Take", tries to make up for it.
  19. Let's Get It On Marvin Gaye - Obvious.
  20. Sexual Healing Marvin Gaye - Ditto
  21. My Love performed by Petula Clark. OK, it rocks me, maybe that's not enough.
  22. Mystery Achievement The Pretenders. It's all about the "O", boys.
  23. Paradise by the Dashboard Light Meatloaf (a Republican). Showing how abstinence fails and leads to unhappy marriages.
  24. Pour ton sourire Jorane (with Daniel Lanois). I don't know what they're singing to each other, but it sure sounds hot. He with blues guitar, she with cello. (Might also give a few francophobes a change of heart.)
  25. Rattlesnake Shake Fleetwood Mac. Guess which snake this shake is about?
  26. Set It Off Peaches
  27. Steam Peter Gabriel. I think to PG steam = sex. Video starts with a parody of pimps. (If the link is dead try this one)
  28. Tattooed Love Boys The Pretenders. "I shot my mouth off and you showed me what that hole was... for"
  29. This Must Be The Place Talking Heads
  30. We Are Family Babes In Toyland cover of Sister Sledge.
  31. Wouldn't it be Nice Beach Boys (Young People.... having sex? For SHAME!!!!)
  32. Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too Say Anything. Atheism, stoned, and having phone sex. Obviously pushing somebody's agenda...


see also wp:Category:Songs about BDSM

  1. Fetish Joan Jett. "Restrained... while I fuck your head"
  2. Fat bottom girls Queen. (For some reason the drum beat sounds like some sort of paddle or cane striking something; and Freddie Mercury telling some cowboy to ride them.)
  3. I Wanna Be Your Dog The Stooges. About as kinky as it gets.
  4. Sex Dwarf Soft Cell. Kinky spanking and such.
  5. Tie Your Mother Down Queen. Yeah, save all your "love" for me...
  6. Venus in Furs The Velvet Underground. S@M sex! "kiss the boot of shiny, shiny leather" (sounds like a frikin' Doors song) (Note: there's a RW article on Mo Tucker)


  1. All By Myself Johnny Thunders Heartbreakers. A messy little tune.
  2. Orgasm Addict The Buzzcocks. Your mother wants to know what all those stains on your jeans.
  3. Pictures of Lily The Who
  4. She Bop Cyndi Lauper _ the Rattlesnake Shake for girls (women too)
            Hey I've been thinking of a new sensation-I'm picking up - good vibration -Oop - she bop
            They say I better stop - or I'll go blind-Oop - she bop - she bop
  5. a certain Chuck Berry song—Audience replies/Chorus: "I want to play with my...,"
  6. many Jimi Page and Ted Nugent guitar solos
  7. the piano thing in the last few minics in Eric Clapton's The Neverending Song Layla.
  8. Magazines Brand New.


  1. Crazy Gnarls Barclay
  2. Crazy Seal
  3. Bedtime Story Madonna. About lucid dreaming. I think it was written by Bjork.
  4. Manic Depression Jimi Hendrix
  5. To Sir With Love Lulu (London, Black), Perfect illustration of the "Stockholm Syndrome" (at that time it was a psychological manifestation yet to be named).
  6. Where is my Mind? Pixies. "Your head will collapse, and there's nothing in it and you'll ask yourself..." According to this prat, mental illness is a disgusting thing common only in disgusting liberals.

Addiction, Intoxication, and better living through chemistry[edit]


  1. Blackberry Wine Gordon Lightfoot
  2. Bourbon, Scotch, and Beer
  3. Deacon Blues Steely Dan
  4. Double Vision Foreigner
  5. Six Pack Black Flag
  6. Home for a rest the most noted song by Spirit of the West
  7. I Drink Alone George Thorogood
  8. I rather have a bottle in front of me (then have to get a frontal lobotomy)
  9. Let's get the party started Pink
  10. Philosopher Song Monty Python
  11. Pure Morning Pulp
  12. Red Red Wine UB40
  13. Sober Tool
  14. Suicide Solution Ozzy Osborne
  15. Teenage Beer Drinking Party Teenage Head
  16. Tequila The Champs
  17. Too Drunk to Fuck The Dead Kennedys
  18. The Power of Positive Drinking The Trews
  19. When you're drinking" Dean Martin's parody of When your smiling
  20. White Lightning both George Jones (R.I.P.) and The Fall
  21. that Doors song about making it to the next whisky bottle (R.I.P. Jim and now Ray)

other drugs[edit]

  1. Comfortably Numb Pink Floyd. Though ultimately a song about the death of innocence, Comfortably Numb has been embraced as a pro drug anthem, despite casting the one administering the drug as a negative figure. Those dirty hippies just don't know what they want. (R.I.P. Syd Barrett)
  2. Drugs Talking Heads
  3. Heroin Velvet Underground (R.I.P. Jim Carroll) (Note: there's a RW article on Mo Tucker)
  4. High High High Paul McCartney
  5. God only knows where I'd be without you The Beach Boys. Hollie Cole did a cover and speculated that he could have even been singing the song to a bottle of pills.
  6. I'm not an addict K's Choice. She sounds a bit like the singer in Leslie Spit Tree-o.
  7. Nicotina Big Sugar
  8. One toke over the line
  9. Purple Haze Jimi Hendrix (Because ALL liberals are drug using hippies) (R.I.P.)
  10. Rehab Amy Winehouse (R.I.P.)
  11. Saigon Martha and the Muffins. One of the few songs about Saigon that doesn’t mention the war. "drinking, absinthe 'til dawn."
  12. Smoking in the Boys Room Brownsville Station and Motley Crew
  13. Sweet Leaf Black Sabbath
  14. The Needle and the Damage Done Neil Young
  15. The Needle Lies Queensryche
  16. The Perfect Drug Nine Inch Nails
  17. The Pusher Steppenwolf
  18. Smoke Two Joints Sublime. For all you hippies who want the herb legalized.
  19. What if God smoked cannabis
  20. S.F.C.C. The Mentors. Tells women where their place is.
  21. The End The Doors. A bunch of Freudian bullshit if you ask me, but it's about killing commies in the 'Nam since it was in that movie, right? So it has to be good.
  22. Land of Rape and Honey Ministry

snarky interpretation by RW'ian[edit]

  1. I Wanna Rock Twisted Sister. Pro-crack song.

a few songs on the Conservapedia list[edit]

  1. Don't Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow) Fleetwood Mac
  2. Let It Be The Beatles
  3. Stayin' Alive The Bee Gees
  4. Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd
  5. Sympathy for the Devil The Rolling Stones
  6. The Big Money Rush

a few songs on both CP and RW[edit]

  1. Bodies The Sex Pistols
  2. D-I-V-O-R-C-E Tammy Wynette
  3. God Save the Queen (though not the good version)
  4. I Fought the Law (and the Law Won) The Crickets. "The version by The Clash has a particularly good tempo."
  5. Paradise by the Dashboard Light Meatloaf

songs for Conservapedian sysops[edit]

  1. Put up or shut up The Nudge


Films that may be of interest to RWians[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Films
See also Forum:Greatest Liberal Films.

Conspiracy theories (fictional)[edit]

0Conspiracy Theory

Science fiction[edit]

Artificial intelligence[edit]

2Artificial Intelligence - Originally a project started by Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg finished it.
2Ex Machina - Won Academy Award for best visual effects and nominated for best original screenplay.

Dystopian Futures[edit]

-1After Earth.
1Blade Runner.
0A Boy and His Dog.
1Children of Men.
1A Clockwork Orange.
2District 9.
2Dr. Strangelove.
0Escape From New York.
0Fahrenheit 451.
0The Handmaid's Tale.
0The Hunger Games.
0I Am Legend.
0I, Robot.
0Logan's Run.
2Mad Max: Fury Road.
5The Matrix.
0Nineteen Eighty-Four.
4Planet of the Apes.
-2V for Vendetta.

Space and Extraterrestrials[edit]

12001: A Space Odyssey.
02010: The Year We Make Contact.
0The Andromeda Strain - Based on Michael Crichton's first bestseller.
0Contact - Based on Carl Sagan's novel.
0Close Encounters of the Third Kind
0The Martian.
0The Fourth Kind
0E.T.: The Extraterrestrial
0Men in Black.

Time travel[edit]

0The Time Machine - The original 1960 film based on the H. G. Wells novel.
0The Time Machine - The 2002 remake.
0Twelve Monkeys

Star Trek[edit]

0Star Trek I: The Motion Picture.
1Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
0Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
1Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
0Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.
0Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
0Star Trek VII: Generations.
0Star Trek VIII: First Contact.

Star Wars[edit]

0Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace.
0Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones.
0Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith.
0Star Wars VI: A New Hope.
0Star Wars VII: The Empire Strikes Back.
0Star Wars VIII: Return of the Jedi.
0Star Wars IX: The Force Awakens.

Suspense and horror[edit]

0The Happening.
0The Serpent and the Rainbow.
0Sixth Sense - "I see dead people."
028 Days Later.

Misc. Sci-Fi[edit]


Religion (not documentaries)[edit]

1The Last Temptation of Christ.


Social issues[edit]

0Bowling for Columbine - Pro-gun safety film by Michael Moore.


0Pandora's Box - Pro-nuclear energy.
0An Inconvenient Truth.

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