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12 More Protest Songs That Inspired Change

12 More Protest Songs That Inspired Change

James Sullivan

Two weeks ago we published a list of 10 Protest Songs that certainly are beloved and hold historic renown. No doubt there are an endless plethora to select from so our editors opted to pick one from each decade beginning in the 1960s.

Though we received some varying feedback on our Facebook Post about the sanctity of our selections including “any list that doesn’t include Bob Dylan is BS,” we still back our choices because all of the songs and artists from the initial list stand on their own merit.

That said, we certainly agree that there are so many more songs and artists worth mentioning that no single list could fully encapsulate the total. Hence here’s a dozen more “Songs That Inspired Change” to add to your protest playlist.

We’d love to get your comments on more of your favorite songs and artists that inspired a change in your heart, mind and soul.

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Marvin Gaye – “What’s Going On” – Released January 20, 1971
Bob Dylan – “Masters of War” – Released May 27, 1963
James Brown – “Say it Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud” – Released August 1968
Buffalo Springfield – “For What it’s Worth” – Released December 23, 1966
Ray Charles – “Lift Every Voice and Sing”
Crosby Stills, Nash and Young – “Ohio” – Released June 1970
Pete Seeger – “We Shall Overcome”
Nina Simone – “Ain’t Go No, I Got Life” – Released 1968
Barry McGuire – “Eve of Destruction” – Released August 1965
John Lennon – “Power to the People” – Released March 1971
U2 – “Pride (In the Name of Love)” – Released September, 3 1984
Woodie Guthrie – “This Land is Your Land” – Released 1945
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