The 1975’s decision to open their 2020 album, Notes On A Conditional Form, with a Greta Thunberg collaboration, music and politics have always gone hand in hand. As the best protest songs show, all it takes for a political movement to explode into the mainstream is one well-crafted tune.
Serving as a record of the fight against greedy or ineffective systems and corrupt policy-makers, these ten best protest songs will get you in the mood to rage against the machine in no time.
10: Plastic Ono Band: Give Peace A Chance (1969)
Rough and chaotic, Give Peace A Chance was recorded during John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “bed-in for peace” honeymoon in Montreal, on 1 June 1969. Lennon’s first solo venture outside The Beatles, it immediately became an anti-war anthem, the chanted vocals and Lennon’s frantic delivery perfectly capturing the spirit of the era.
Such a simple sentiment from one of the world’s biggest songwriters was always going to be popular among the peace movements of the time, and the song peaked at No.2. on the British singles chart and No.14 on the US Billboard Hot 100,