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26 March 2010

Our 20 greatest political songs as read by Tony Blackburn

Radio DJ counts down our pick of the greatest political songs.

By George Eaton

This week we published a list of the 20 greatest political songs, as selected by members of the Political Studies Association, and it’s proving quite a phenomenon. No less a figure than the radio DJ and I’m a Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here! winner Tony Blackburn has counted down some of his favourites from the list on the Daily Politics.

Elsewhere, NME has picked up on the list and named some “glaring omissions”, including Metallica’s “One” and System of a Down’s “BYOB”.

Here’s a reminder of the 20 that made the cut. But which do you think we missed? Let us know and we may use them in the future.

1. Woody Guthrie — This Land Is Your Land
2. The Special AKA — Free Nelson Mandela
3. Bob Dylan — The Times They are a-Changin’
4. Billie Holiday — Strange Fruit
5. Claude de Lisle — La Marseillaise
6. U2 — Sunday Bloody Sunday
7. Eugène Pottier — The Internationale
8. Robert Wyatt/Elvis Costello — Shipbuilding
9. Sex Pistols — God Save the Queen
10. William Blake — Jerusalem
11. The Who — Won’t Get Fooled Again
12. Rage Against the Machine — Killing in the Name
13. Tracy Chapman — Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution
14. Nina Simone — Mississippi Goddam
15. Marvin Gaye — What’s Going On?
16. Gil Scott-Heron — The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
17. Bob Marley — Redemption Song
18. John Lennon — Imagine
19. Pete Seeger — Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
20. Tom Robinson — Glad to Be Gay

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