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Social Commentary Music


Social commentary songs listed below are in no particular order, other than some of the top listed songs are regarded by many historians as important themes reflecting or addressing society. These are songs that in some way include content about society, politics or world views. The themes of these songs go beyond personal relationships and offer musical messages about humanity. Find more social themes at Tangent Sunset.

John Lennon - Imagine
Pink Floyd - Money
Bruce Springsteen - Born In The USA
U2 - Pride In The Name of Love
Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind
Beatles - Revolution
Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall
Eagles - Hotel California
Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil
Dire Straits - Money For Nothin'
Police - De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
Don McLean - American Pie
Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now
Pete Seeger - Where Have All The Flowers Gone
Pink Floyd - Time
Don Henley - Boys of Summer
Grateful Dead - Touch of Grey
Smash Mouth - Walkin' On The Sun
Sting - All This Time
Cake - Rock and Roll Lifestyle
Beatles - All You Need Is Love
Rolling Stones - You Can't Always Get What You Want
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son
Edwin Starr - War
Marvin Gaye - What's Goin' On
Depeche Mode - Blasphemous Rumours
Kansas - Dust In The Wind
Simon & Garfunkel - The Sounds of Silence
Police - Invisible Sun
Eagles - The Last Resort
Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World
John Cougar Mellencamp - Small Town
Pearl Jam - Not For You
Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild
Barry McGuire - Eve of Destruction
O'Jays - Love Train
John Cougar Mellencamp - Pink Houses
Supertramp - The Logical Song
U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Beatles - Nowhere Man
Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A Changin'
Don Henley - End of the Innocence
Beatles - Taxman
Counting Crows - Mr. Jones
John Lennon - Instant Karma
R.E.M. - It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Tears For Fears - Shout
Depeche Mode - Shake The Disease
Dion - Abraham, Martin and John
Grateful Dead - Throwing Stones
Rolling Stones - Street Fighting Man
Doors - Riders On The Storm
Jesus Jones - Right Here, Right Now
Bob Seger - Night Moves
Elvis Presley - In The Ghetto
Sonny & Cher - The Beat Goes On
Janis Ian - Society's Child
Pink Floyd - Welcome To The Machine
Temptations - Ball of Confusion
Rascals - People Got To Be Free
Paul Revere & The Raiders - Kicks
Guess Who - Share The Land
Doors - People Are Strange
Bob Dylan - Rainy Day Women #12 and 35
Beatles - A Day In The Life
Ringo Starr - No No Song
Rolling Stones - Shattered
Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth
Harry Chapin - Cat's In The Cradle
Coven - One Tin Soldier
R.E.M. - Ignoreland
Sly Fox - Let's Go All The Way
Beatles - Within You, Without You
World Party - Ship of Fools
Janis Ian - At Seventeen
Tears For Fears - Mad World
Bob Dylan - Everything Is Broken
Jethro Tull - Farm On The Freeway
Moody Blues - Question
Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin
Crosby, Stills & Nash - Wasted On The Way
R.E.M. - Radio Song
Beatles - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Animals - It's My Life
Supremes - Love Child
Scott McKenzie - San Francisco
Crosby, Stills & Nash - Teach Your Children
Chicago - Harry Truman
Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down
Ten Years After - I'd Love To Change The World
Billy Joel - Only The Good Die Young
Crosby, Stills & Nash - Ohio
USA For Africa - We Are The World
Dire Straits - One World
Cat Stevens - Peace Train
Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues
Steve Miller Band - Fly Like An Eagle
Beatles - In My Life
The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again
R.E.M. - World Leader Pretend
David Bowie - Fame
Billy Joel - It's Still Rock and Roll To Me
Suzanne Vega - Luka
Police - One World
Sly & The Family Stone - Everyday People
Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
Three Dog Night - Joy To The World
Moody Blues - Ride My See Saw
Simon & Garfunkel - My Little Town
Neil Young - Hey, Hey, My, My
Bob Marley - Redemption Song
Beatles - She's Leaving Home
Rush - Tom Sawyer
Pretenders - Middle of the Road
Huey Lewis & The News - Walkin' On A Thin Line
Rush - Spirit Of Radio
INXS - Devil Inside
Arlo Guthrie - City of New Orleans
U2- Bullet The Blue Sky
Depeche Mode - People Are People
INXS - Kick
Velvet Underground - Sweet Jane
R.E.M. - Stand
Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen
Stevie Wonder - Higher Ground
Depeche Mode - A Question of Lust
David Bowie - Modern Love
Elvis Costello - What's So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding
Talking Heads - Life During Wartime
Ice T - Colors
Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians - What I Am
Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star
Men At Work - It's A Mistake
Raiders - Indian Reservation
Pretenders - My City Was Gone
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band - Give Peace A Chance
The Clash - London Calling
Temple of the Dog - Hunger Strike
Jewel - Who Will Save Your Soul
Stevie Wonder - Livin' For The City
Dire Straits - Industrial Disease
INXS - Calling All Nations
Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The U.K.
Sublime - What I Got
Everlast - What It's Like
R.E.M. - Drive
Mark Knopfler - What It Is
Billy Joel - My Life
Pearl Jam - Jeremy
Nirvana - Come As You Are
Rage Against the Machine - Killing In The Name
Offspring - The Kids Aren't Alright
Bruce Springsteen - 57 Channels
XTC - Dear God
Rush - Big Money
John Mellencamp - Peaceful World
Neil Young - This Note's For You
Tracy Chapman - Bang, Bang, Bang
Joe Walsh - Space Age Whiz Kids
Paul Hardcastle - 19
Bob Dylan - Masters Of War
Ice T - I'm Your Pusher
Bruce Springsteen - Glory Days
Frozen Ghost - Should I See
Doobie Brothers - Listen To The Music
War - Why Can't We Be Friends
Julian Lennon - Saltwater
Live - 10,000 Years (Peace Is Now)
Don Henley - All She Wants To Do Is Dance
Ice T - High Rollers
Glenn Frey - Smuggler's Blues
Tori Amos - God
Electric Flag - Another Country
Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning
Stevie Wonder - You Haven't Done Nothin'
Midnight Oil - Forgotten Years
The Clash - This Is Radio Clash
Police - Bombs Away
Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
Moody Blues - Isn't Life Strange
Rage Against The Machine - Bulls On Parade
Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over
Bob Marley - Get Up, Stand Up
R.E.M. - Pop Song '89
Youngbloods - Get Together
Rage Against The Machine - Guerrilla Radio
Ned's Atomic Dustbin - Grey Cell Green
Sting - History Will Teach Us Nothing
Dead Kennedys - Holiday In Cambodia
Ringo Starr - It Don't Come Easy
Genesis - Land Of Confusion
INXS - Mediate
Metallica - One
Sting - Russians
Midnight Oil - The Power and the Passion
Mike + The Mechanics - The Living Years
Police - Spirits In The Material World
Rage Against The Machine - Testify
Pink Floyd - Us And Them
Live - White, Discussion
Timmy Thomas - Why Can't We Live Together
Crosby, Stills & Nash - Woodstock
Dead Kennedys - Kinky Sex Makes The World Go Round
Cranberries - Zombie
Natalie Merchant - Carnival
Morrissey - We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful
Toad The Wet Sprocket - Hold Her Down
Consolidated - Music Has No Meaning
Police - Walking In Your Footsteps
Ned's Atomic Dustbin - Kill Your Television
Jesus Jones - Welcome Back Victoria
XTC - Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead
4 Non Blondes - What's Up
Porno For Pyros - Pets
Sting - If I Ever Lose My Faith In You
Tori Amos - Silent All These Years
Henry Rollins - Liar
Filter - Hey Man, Nice Shot

More Social Commentary Songs

10,000 YEARS (PEACE IS NOW) - Live
19 - Paul Hardcastle
1945 - Social Distortion
1983 - Jimi Hendrix
21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID MAN - King Crimson
99 LUFTBALLOONS/99 RED BALLOONS - Nena
A CALL TO ARMS - Mike + The Mechanics
A HARD RAIN'S GONNA FALL - Bob Dylan
AIN'T MARCHING ANYMORE - Phil Ochs
ALIVE - P.O.D.
ALL SHE WANTS TO DO IS DANCE - Don Henley
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE - Beatles
AMERICANS/SOVIETS - C.C.C.P.
ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (Parts I, II, III) - Pink Floyd
ANOTHER COUNTRY - Electric Flag
ANOTHER ONE IN THE DARK - Wallflowers
ATTACK OF THE PEACEKEEPERS - Jello Biafra with D.O.A.
ARMY - Ben Folds Five
ARMY DREAMERS - Kate Bush
BAD MOON RISING - Creedence Clearwater Revival
BALL OF CONFUSION - Love And Rockets
BALL OF CONFUSION - Temptations
BATTLEFLAG - Lo Fidelity Allstars
BEDS ARE BURNING - Midnight Oil
BETWEEN THE WARS - Billy Bragg
THE BIG MONEY - Rush
BILLY DON'T BE A HERO - Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods
BLACK STEEL - Public Enemy
BLACK STEEL - Tricky
BLOWIN' IN THE WIND - Bob Dylan
BLOWIN' IN THE WIND - Neil Young
BOLD AS LOVE - Jimi Hendrix
BOMBS AWAY - Police
BOMBTRACK - Rage Against The Machine
BOOM - System Of A Down
BORN IN THE USA - Bruce Springsteen
BORN TO BE WILD - Steppenwolf
BORN TO BE WILD - INXS
BRING THE BOYS BACK HOME - Pink Floyd
BROTHERS IN ARMS - Dire Straits
BUFFALO SOLDIER - Bob Marley & The Wailers
BULLET IN YOUR HEAD - Rage Against The Machine
BULLET THE BLUE SKY - U2
BULLS ON PARADE - Rage Against The Machine
CALLING ALL NATIONS - INXS
THE CALL UP - The Clash
CALM LIKE A BOMB - Rage Against The Machine
CITIES IN DUST - Siouxsie & The Banshees
THE CLAMPDOWN - The Clash
COLD WAR - Devo
COMFORTABLY NUMB - Pink Floyd
COPS OF THE WORLD - Phil Ochs
CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION - Concrete Blonde
CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION - Tommy James & The Shondells
DANGER ZONE - Kenny Loggins
DEAR GOD - XTC
DIALOGUE - Chicago
DISARM - Smashing Pumpkins
DOGS OF WAR - Pink Floyd
DON'T BOMB WHEN YOU'RE THE BOMB - Blur
DON'T DREAM IT'S OVER - Crowded House
DON'T DREAM IT'S OVER - Sixpence None The Richer
DON'T LEAVE ME NOW - Pink Floyd
DOWN RODEO - Rage Against The Machine
DR. JEEP - Sisters Of Mercy
EMPTY SPACES - Pink Floyd
END OF THE INNOCENCE - Don Henley
EPITAPH - King Crimson
EVE OF DESTRUCTION - Barry McGuire
EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD - Tears For Fears
EVERY DAY IS LIKE SUNDAY - Morrissey
FERNANDO - Abba
FIVE TO ONE - Doors
FIXIN' TO DIE RAG - Country Joe & The Fish
FLOWERS OF GUATEMALA - R.E.M.
FOREVER YOUNG - Alphaville
FORTUNATE SON - Creedence Clearwater Revival
FORTRESS AROUND YOUR HEART - Sting
FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH - Buffalo Springfield
FREEDOM FIGHTER - Creed
GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS - Peter Gabriel
GENERALS AND MAJORS - XTC
GET TOGETHER - Youngbloods
GET UP, STAND UP - Bob Marley & THe Wailers
GIMME SHELTER - Rolling Stones
GIVE ME LOVE (GIVE ME PEACE ON EARTH) - George Harrison
GIVE PEACE A CHANCE - John Lennon
GLORY DAYS - Bruce Springsteen
GOING UNDER - Devo
GOODBYE CRUEL WORLD - Pink Floyd
GUERRILLA RADIO - Rage Against The Machine
GUNS IN THE SKY - INXS
GUNS OF BRIXTON - The Clash
HALLOWED GROUND - Violent Femmes
HAMMER TO FALL - Queen
HAPPIEST DAYS OF OUR LIVES - Pink Floyd
HEAVEN IS FALLING - Bad Religion
HEY YOU - Pink Floyd
HIGHER GROUND - Red Hot Chili Peppers
HIGHER GROUND - Stevie Wonder
HATE AND WAR - The Clash
HE AIN'T HEAVY...HE'S MY BROTHER - Neil Diamond
HE AIN'T HEAVY...HE'S MY BROTHER - Hollies
HISTORY WILL TEACH US NOTHING - Sting
HOLIDAY IN CAMBODIA - Dead Kennedys
HUMAN NATURE - Gary Clail
I DON'T WANT TO BE A SOLDIER - John Lennon
I DON'T WANT TO BE A SOLDIER - Mad Season
I DON'T WANT TO GET DRAFTED - Frank Zappa
IMAGINE - Blues Traveler
IMAGINE - John Lennon
IMAGINE - Neil Young
IMMIGRANT SONG - Led Zeppelin
IN A WORLD GONE MAD - Beastie Boys
INDIAN RESERVATION - Raiders
IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING - King Crimson
IN THE FLESH - Pink Floyd
INVISIBLE SUN - Police
IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE - Pink Floyd
IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW - Duran Duran
I TALK TO THE WIND - King Crimson
IT DON'T COME EASY - Ringo Starr
IT'S A MISTAKE - Men At Work
IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT (AND I FEEL FINE) - R.E.M.
IVAN MEETS G.I. JOE - The Clash
JOIN THE ARMY - Suicidal Tendancies
JOY TO THE WORLD - Three Dog Night
JUST ONE FIX - Ministry
KICK - INXS
KILLING AN ARAB - The Cure
KILLING IN THE NAME - Rage Against The Machine
KINKY SEX MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND - Dead Kennedys
LAND OF CONFUSION - Genesis
THE LAST FAREWELL - Roger Whittaker
LET'S GO ALL THE WAY - Sly Fox
LIE ON LIE - Chalk Farm
LIFE DURING WARTIME - Talking Heads
LIVING THROUGH ANOTHER CUBA - XTC
LONDON CALLING - The Clash
LOVE TRAIN - O'Jays
LUCKY MAN - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
MANHATTAN PROJECT - Rush
MAN OF PEACE - Bob Dylan
THE MAN'S TOO STRONG - Dire Straits
MARCH OF THE PIGS - Nine Inch Nails
MASTERS OF WAR - Bob Dylan
MASTERS OF WAR - Eddie Vedder
MEDIATE - INXS
MIDDLE OF THE ROAD - Pretenders
MIND GAMES - John Lennon
MISSING THE WAR - Ben Folds Five
MILITARY MADNESS - Crosby, Stills & Nash
MOTHER - Pink Floyd
MURDER BY NUMBERS - Police
N.W.O. - Ministry
THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN - The Band
THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN - Joan Baez
NOBODY HOME - Pink Floyd
NO SHELTER - Rage Against The Machine
NUCLEAR WAR - Yo La Tengo
OHIO - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
OLD MAN AND ME - Hootie & The Blowfish
OLIVER'S ARMY - Elvis Costello
ONE - Creed
ONE - Metallica
ONE - U2
ONE MAN ARMY - Our Lady Peace
ONE OF MY TURNS - Pink Floyd
ONE OF OUR SUBMARINES (IS MISSING) - Thomas Dolby
ONE TIN SOLDIER - Coven
ONE WORLD - Dire Straits
ONE WORLD (NOT THREE) - Police
ORANGE CRUSH - R.E.M.
PATRIOT'S DAY - Wrenfields
PEACE - Los Lobos
PEACE AND LOVE - Neil Young
PEACE BROTHER PEACE - Bill Medley
PEACE IN OUR TIME - Elvis Costello
PEACE IN OUR TIME - Eddie Money
PEACE IN THE VALLEY - Elvis Presley
PEACE IS JUST A WORD - Eurythmics
PEACEKEEPER - Fleetwood Mac
PEACE LIKE A RIVER - Paul Simon
PEACE SELLS BUT WHO'S BUYING? - Megadeth
PEACE SIGN - War
PEACE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD - Maxi Priest
PEACE TRAIN - Cat Stevens
PEACE WILL COME - Melanie
PEACEFUL WORLD - John Mellencamp
PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE - Depeche Mode
PEOPLE GOT TO BE FREE - Rascals
PLANET EARTH - Duran Duran
POST COLD WAR POLITICS - Fishbone
POWER AND THE PASSION - Midnight Oil
PUT DOWN THAT WEAPON - Midnight Oil
QUESTION - Moody Blues
QUICK FIX - Ministry featuring William Burroughs
RADIO FREE EUROPE - R.E.M.
REDEMPTION SONG - Bob Marley & The Wailers
RED RAIN - Peter Gabriel
RED SAILS IN THE SUNSET - Midnight Oil
RED SECTOR - Rush
RED SKIES - The Fixx
REVOLUTION - Beatles
RIDE ACROSS THE RIVER - Dire Straits
RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW - Jesus Jones
RIPPLE - Grateful Dead
RIPPLE - Jane's Addiction
ROCKIN' IN THE FREE WORLD - Neil Young
ROCK THE CASBAH - The Clash
ROOSTER - Alice In Chains
RUMOURS OF WAR - Billy Bragg
RUN LIKE HELL - Pink Floyd
RUNNING GUN BLUES - David Bowie
RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE - Creedence Clearwater Revival
RUSSIANS - Sting
SAN FRANCISCO - Scott McKenzie
SEVEN NATION ARMY - White Stripes
SHAPES OF THINGS - Yardbirds
SHORT MEMORY - Midnight Oil
SHOUT - Tears For Fears
SILENT RUNNING - Mike + The Mechanics
SITUATION - Yaz
SKY PILOT - Eric Burden & The Animals
SLEEP NOW IN THE FIRE - Rage Against The Machine
SMOKE TWO JOINTS - Bob Marley & The Wailers
SMOKE TWO JOINTS - Sublime
SOLDIER BLUE - The Cult
SO MANY PEOPLE - Hubert Kah
SORROW - Bad Religion
SOUND OF SILENCE - Simon & Garfunkel
SOVIET SNOW - Shona Laing
SPIRITS IN THE MATERIAL WORLD - Police
STILL IN SAIGON - Charlie Daniels Band
STREET FIGHTING MAN - Rolling Stones
SUICIDE IS PAINLESS (THEME FROM M*A*S*H) - Manic Street Preachers
SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY - U2
SUPPOSE THEY GAVE A WAR AND NO ONE CAME - West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
SURRENDER - U2
SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL - Natalie Merchant
SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL - Rolling Stones
TALKING WORLD WAR III BLUES - Bob Dylan
TERMS OF PSYCHIC WARFARE - Husker Du
TESTIFY - Rage Against The Machine
THE THIN ICE - Pink Floyd
THEY DANCE ALONE - Sting
THIS IS RADIO CLASH - The Clash
THROWING STONES - Grateful Dead
TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN' - Bob Dylan
TOM SAWYER - Rush
TOO MUCH MONKEY BUSINESS - Chuck Berry
TRAVELIN' SOLDIER - Dixie Chicks
TRAVELIN' SOLDIER - Bruce Robison
TURN, TURN, TURN - Byrds
TWO SOLDIERS - Bob Dylan
TWO TRIBES - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
UNDERCOVER OF THE NIGHT - Rolling Stones
UNDERNEATH THE RADAR - Underworld
UNKNOWN SOLDIER - Doors
UNIVERSAL SOLDIER - Donovan
US AND THEM - Pink Floyd
U.S. FORCES - Midnight Oil
WAITING FOR THE WORMS - Pink Floyd
THE WAITRESS - Tori Amos
WALKIN' ON A THIN LINE - Huey Lewis & The News
WAR - Bob Marley & The Wailers (not the same as Edwin Starr song)
WAR - Bruce Springsteen
WAR - Edwin Starr
WAR AND PEACE - Vic Damone
WAR CHILD - Jethro Tull
WAR GAMES - Crosby, Stills & Nash
WAR IS COMING, WAR IS COMING - War
WAR OF MAN - Neil Young
WAR PIGS - Black Sabbath
WAR SONG - Culture Club (not the same as Young/Nash song)
WAR SONG - Neil Young And Graham Nash
WAR WAR WAR - Country Joe & The Fish
WAR WITHIN A BREATH - Rage Against The Machine
WATERLOO - Abba
WE ALL FALL DOWN - Ultravox
WE CAN BE TOGETHER - Jefferson Airplane
WE CAN WORK IT OUT - Beatles
WE WANT PEACE - Lenny Kravitz
WHAT I GOT - Sublime
WHAT'S GOIN' ON - Marvin Gaye
WHAT'S SO FUNNY ABOUT PEACE, LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING - Elvis Costello
WHEN THE WIND BLOWS - David Bowie
WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE - Pete Seeger
WHITE, DISCUSSION - Live
WHY CAN'T WE LIVE TOGETHER - Sade
WHY CAN'T WE LIVE TOGETHER - Timmy Thomas
WILD WILD WEST - Escape Club
WIND OF CHANGE - Scorpions

WINTER OF THE LONG HOT SUMMER - Disposable Heroes OF Hiphoprisy
WITHIN YOU, WITHOUT YOU - Beatles
WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN - The Who
WOODEN SHIPS - Crosby, Stills & Nash
WOODEN SHIPS - Jefferson Airplane
WOODSTOCK - Crosby, Stills & Nash
WOODSTOCK - Joni Mitchell
WORLD DESTRUCTION - Afrikaa Bambata & Johnny Lydon
WORLD LEADER PRETEND - R.E.M.
WORLD WAR III - TSOL
WORLD WAR NONE - Frank Sinatra
YOUNG LUST - Pink Floyd
ZOMBIE - Cranberries








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