As the Political Studies Association unveils the 20 greatest protest songs, Mark Fisher asks if music can change the world if our songs remain the same.
"Emanicipate yourselves from mental slavery"
Plus ça change, says Pete Townshend
Poem transformed into unofficial national anthem
"Her fascist regime"
Complex examination of the futility of war combined with empathy for soldiers in the Falklands confl
Worker's song that later became the first anthem of the Soviet Union
Read the story behind the songs, listen to all 20
"Don't talk to me about the rights of the IRA, UDA"
Anthem of gay liberation
The anthem of the Republic was penned by a Royalist who narrowly escaped the guillotine
"When will they ever learn?"
The piano used for the composition of this hippie anthem would later fetch $2m
"Blood on the leaves and blood at the roots"
"The revolution will be live"
Title track of Gaye’s groundbreaking 1971 Motown album, nearly performed by Joan Baez
"This is a show tune, but the show hasn't been written for it yet."
"This was definitely a song with a purpose" - Bob Dylan
"This machine kills fascists"
Composer Jerry Dammers admitted he had known little of Mandela’s situation until the previous year a
"You justify those that died by wearing the badge"
"Poor people gonna rise up and take their share"
Verdi offered the teenage Rufus Wainwright consolation and escape. Now, inspired by Callas, the spar
On “Never Be Your Woman" by Wiley and “Pass Out" by Tinie Tempah
“Nice boys” like Nick Kent wrote about the louche stars of Seventies music in a sharp but open-minde
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