Here are 15 revolutionary songs that will help motivate you to do the necessary work towards systemic change.
We came, we saw, we marched and shut it down. Now what?
According to U.S.A. Today, over 2.5 million people marched for women worldwide on Saturday January 21. This direct action is a historic and record-breaking success. Now the real work begins.
As we return to our homes, families, jobs, schools, and communities how are we making an impact to create the country we want to see? Here are 15 songs that will help motivate you to do the necessary work towards systemic change. In this historic time, music is a tool, a weapon and a healer.
1. “They Don’t Care About Us” (Prison Song) by Michael Jackson
“Beat me, hate me
You can never break me
Will me, thrill me — you can never kill me.”
2. “Born to Fight” by Tracy Chapman
“There ain’t no man no woman
No beast alive that can beat me
‘Cause I’m born to fight.”
3. “Alright” by Kendrick Lamar
“I’m fucked up homie you fucked up but if God got us we then gon’ be alright.”
4. “Lionhearted” by Porter Robinson
“They broke the walls we guarded but we don’t care about it. We’ll finish what we started. So promise me that we’ll be the lionhearted.”
5. “F.U.B.U.” by Solange
“This shit is for us. Don’t try to come for us.”
6. “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against the Machine
“Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me.”
7. “Cold War” by Janelle Monae
“I’m tryna find my peace. I was made to believe there’s something wrong with me (there’s nothing wrong with me)“
8. “Soldier of Love” by Sade
“I’m a soldier of love every day and night.”
9. “Policy of Truth” by Depeche Mode
“You’ll see your problems multiplied
If you continually decide
To faithfully pursue
The policy of truth.”
10. “The Mystery of Iniquity” by Lauryn Hill
“Do we expect the system made for the elect
To possibly judge correct?
Properly serve and protect?
Oblivious to the cause
11. “Betray My Heart” by D’Angelo
“I will never betray my heart.”
12. “Get Free” by Major Lazer
“Never got love from a government man.”
13. “Revolution” by Diplo
“Don’t let them steal your light.”
14. “Days to Come” by Bonobo
“Move away from your western guns
Travel towards eastern suns
Far above all earthly goals
A pledge for creation’s soul.”
15. “Cult of Personality” by Living Colour
“When a leader speaks, the reflection lies.“
Share your favorite revolutionary songs in the comments!