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

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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.”

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.”

Editorial Contributor, Bowling Green State University

Major: Multiplatform Journalism
Her heart belongs to: bulldogs, music, craft beer, FKA twigs and figure skating
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