Looking back through history, it is easy to feel like the country is running around in a circle over and over again in a socio-political meaning. It is easy to look at the Civil Rights Movement and feel like we are in the same place with the Black Lives Matter Movement; easy to feel defeated and helpless. There are so many things that you can do to help though. Here is a playlist to fuel your resistance against the Powers That Be.
1. "Nique La Police" by Cut Killer
2. "When The Levee Breaks" by Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie
3. "16 Shots" by Vic Mensa
You DO NOT want to miss on this video.
4. "Oh Bondage! Up yours!" by X-Ray Spex
5. "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" by Gil Scott-Heron
6. "Born Free" by M.I.A.
You do not want to miss on this video, either.
7. "U.N.I.T.Y." by Queen Latifah
Another necessary music video to your life.
8. "Cranes In The Sky" by Solange
Don't miss this one either!
9. "Burnin' and Lootin'" by Bob Marley & the Wailers
10. "Nazi Punks F*ck Off" by Dead Kennedys
11. "american dream" by LCD Soundsystem
12. "Dis Generation" by A Tribe Called Quest
Another must watch, and you can't miss the rest of the album "We got it from Here...Thank You 4 Your service."
13. "Till It Happens To You" by Lady Gaga
This music video gives a chilling representation of the college campus rape crisis in America as well as rape culture itself. Lady Gaga wrote this piece as a survivor of sexual assault and rape for the documentary "The Hunting Ground" which focuses on our college campus rape crisis.
14. "Moonlight" by JAY-Z
WATCH THIS VIDEO. Listen to the whole album. Watch every video.
15. "Europe Is Lost" by Kate Tempest
This video is so important. As is the rest of this album.
16. "Boys Wanna Be Her" by Peaches
Watch this video, and if you don't about Peaches, then go do your homework!!
17. "Where Is The Love?" by Black Eyed Peas Ft. Justin Timberlake
The original, duh.
18. "Killing In The Name" by Rage Against The Machine
19. "B.O.B." by OutKast
20. "Eve Of Destruction" by Barry McGuire
21. "Praying" by Kesha
Kesha's return to the charts is epic AF. "Praying" is about her PTSD and her journey as a survivor after being raped and assaulted repeatedly by her former producer, Dr. Luke. We need more music and music videos that reflect the complicated journey of a survivor of sexual assault.
22. "White People For Peace" by Against Me!
23. "Young Americans" by David Bowie
24. "Formation" by Beyoncé
If you thought this list was going to end in any other way, then you are a clown.
There are so many more beautiful political protest songs. Check out the full playlist below!