2015, like every year, has been fraught with conflict and turmoil. In an attempt to make sense of the resulting unease and anxiety I dug deeply into the murky waters of Protest Music. After careful and deliberate study I came up with this list of the 10 best Protest Songs of all time. Here they are in order of influence and importance:
1) I Can’t Drive 55 – Sammy Hagar
Due to the little red rocker’s diligence, America is free from the oppressive Nationwide speed limit of 55.
2) We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister
Dee Snyder ain’t gonna take it AND NEITHER SHOULD YOU!
3) No No Song – Ringo Star
Ringo penned this call to arms for the Temperance Movement and now we are free to NOT drink and take drugs,
4) Fight For Your Right – Beastie Boys
but if you want to, Ad-Rock, MCA, and Metal Mike D are in your corner!
5) Rebel Yell – Billy Idol
So is Billy!
6) Rehab – Amy Winehouse
And so was Amy!
7) Masters of War – Bob Dylan
Obligatory hippie included to keep Baby Boomers from getting their panties in a bunch
8) Shout – Tears For Fears
Let it all out People!
9) Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love – Van Halen
Don’t wanna talk about love? Thanks to Diamond Dave, you don’t have to!
10) I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You – The Ramones
Who does, right?