Top 10 Protest Songs of the 21st Century

Continuing Under The Radar's list of the top 10 protest songs of the 21st Century, here are numbers seven and eight.

8. Elbow - 'Leaders of the Free World'

One of my personal favorites of the songs on this list, Elbow are one of the more under appreciated bands to come out of Great Britain in the past decade. There are a couple of fabulous protest lines in here ("I think we dropped the baton like the 60's never happened", "passing the gun from father to feckless son") but this is great song overall and not only a great protest song.

7. Sleater-Kinney - 'Combat Rock'

Sleater-Kinney give a nice little wink to The Clash in the title of the number seven protest song on the list. The album this if from, One Beat, was released only a year after 9/11 and although other songs touch on the subject of the country at that time, none are as in your face as this one. My favorite lyric has to be "I love my dirty Uncle Sam".


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