13 Politically-Charged Songs That’ll Speak To Your Inner Activist

We live in an overwhelming world. Whether you’re scrolling through your Twitter feed, watching the news or picking up the paper, you’re likely to find a headline or hashtag that breaks your heart.

With acts of racism, sexism, violence, and brutality happening every day, it’s easy to get frustrated. But remember, there’s a lot of things you can do when the world feels hateful.

There’s also a lot you can do to change the world, or at least promote change in your community. Whether it’s marching in a protest, writing a letter to your senator or participating in sociopolitical conversations, you can make a difference.

So, to give you a little motivational boost here is the ultimate activist playlist:

How Many (Ruff 1) – Miguel

“Brothers and sisters it’s time to wake up, brothers and sisters it’s time to say something, do something.”

Borders – M.I.A.

“Freedom, ‘I’dom, ‘me’dom, where’s your ‘we’dom? This world needs a brand new ‘re’dom.”

Glory – John Legend ft. Common

“When it go down we woman and man up, they say, ‘stay down,’ and we stand up.”

 

Queen – Perfume Genius

“Don’t you know your queen?”

VRY BLK – Jamila Woods ft. Noname

“Hello operator, emergency hotline, if I say that I can’t breathe, will I become a chalk line?”

Wrong Bitch – Todrick Hall ft. Bob the Drag Queen

“So we will fight for justice, we will fight for equality.”

Where is The Love? – The Black Eyed Peas ft. Justin Timberlake

“Something’s wrong with the world, we only got one world, that’s all we got, one world.”

Til It Happens To You – Lady Gaga

“Cause until you walk where I walk, this is no joke.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEjaXXu69Us

Revolution I – The Beatles

“Well, you know, we all want to change the world.”

Alright – Kendrick Lamar

“I can see the evil, I can tell it, I know it’s illegal.”

U.N.I.T.Y. – Queen Latifah

“This is my notice to the door, I’m not taking it no more.”

Freedom – Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar

“Freedom, where are you? Cause I need freedom too, I break chains all by myself, won’t let my freedom rot in hell.”

Imagine – John Lennon

“I  hope some day you’ll join us, and the world will live as one.”

Sami Fisher

Editorial Contributor, Bowling Green State University Major: Multiplatform Journalism Her heart belongs to: bulldogs, music, craft beer, FKA twigs and figure skating You can find her: if she gets off the couch, she’s probably in class, on the ice or on an adventure

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