101 Songs for the Resistance

In the wake of disaster, artists respond. In times of fear and confusion, many of us turn to music for comfort, solidarity, and strength. In response to Donald Trump’s fear-mongering campaign and now his terrifying, blatantly human-rights-violating presidency, musicians have put out songs and albums in direct defiance of him and all he represents, in many cases with a portion of the sales’ going to the ACLU and other worthy organizations fighting for justice. These songs join a long history of protest music in America and around the world, and like those tunes of the years and decades past, provide a worthy soundtrack to fighting the good fight.

The playlist compiled here combines songs old and new to create an inclusive soundtrack to the resistance. It features a little bit of everything, from riot grrrl feminist anthems to odes to black excellence; from folksy peaceful protest jams to tirades against the government; from songs for self-care to lamentations of impending doom.

The revolution takes all kinds of people, and all kinds of music. In the coming days we’ll need all the motivation we can muster, so crank up your speakers and get ready to fight.

  1. “FDT (Fuck Donald Trump)” — YG and Nipsey Hussle
  2. “Tiny Hands” — Fiona Apple*
  3. “Mr. Tangerine Man” — Wesley Stace
  4. “Million Dollar Loan” — Death Cab for Cutie
  5. “The Donald” — A Tribe Called Quest
  6. “Demagogue” — Franz Ferdinand
  7. “The Internet” — Tacocat
  8. “Nasty Grrls” — Childbirth
  9. “None of Your Business” — Salt-N-Pepa
  10. “Run The World (Girls)” — Beyonce
  11. “We Won’t Go Back” — Love Always*
  12. “Blood in the Boardroom” — Ani Difranco
  13. “Baby I’m An Anarchist” — Against Me!
  14. “Smile More” — Deap Valley
  15. “You Don’t Own Me” — Leslie Gore
  16. “Hwages” — Majedalesa*
  17. “Hot Topic” — Le Tigre
  18. “Q.U.E.E.N.” — Janelle Monáe ft. Erykah Badu
  19. “Alright” — Kendrick Lamar
  20. “My President” — Jeezy ft. Nas
  21. “Keep Ya Head Up” — 2Pac
  22. “We the People…” — A Tribe Called Quest
  23. “U.N.I.T.Y.” — Queen Latifah
  24. “Born this Way” — Lady Gaga
  25. “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”  — R.E.M.
  26. “The World (Is Going Up in Flames)” — Charles Bradley
  27. “Eve of Destruction” — Barry McGuire
  28. “This Is Not America” — David Bowie
  29. “This Land is Your Land” — Woody Guthrie
  30. “(What’s so Funny ‘bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding” by Nick Lowe
  31. “Blowin’ In the Wind” — Bob Dylan
  32. “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke
  33. “Simple Song of Freedom” — Bobby Darin
  34. “Give Peace A Chance” — John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band
  35. “Sic of Elephants” — Andrew Bird & Jim James
  36. “Children of Privilege” — Joe Purdy
  37. “Why Is It So Hard” — Charles Bradley
  38. “Baltimore” — Prince ft. Eryn Allen Kane*
  39. “Happy New Year (Prince Can’t Die Again)” — Mac McCaughan*
  40. “Dear Mr. President” — 4 Non Blondes
  41. “Killing in the Name” — Rage Against the Machine
  42. “Despierta — Filthy Friends
  43. “Face Up and Sing” — Ani Difranco
  44. “Revolution 9.01” — Danbert Nobacon & The Axis of Dissent
  45. “Smoke ‘Em Out” — CocoRosie ft. ANOHNI
  46. “Movin Backwards” — A Tribe Called Quest
  47. “Troubled Times” — Green Day
  48. “Use Your Voice” — H20
  49. “White People for Peace” — Against Me!
  50. “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” — Eurythmics ft. Aretha Franklin
  51. “Changes” — 2Pac
  52. “Man in the Mirror” — Michael Jackson
  53. “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song” — The Flaming Lips
  54. “Democracy” — Leonard Cohen
  55. “Land of the Free” — Joey Bada$$
  56. “Before You Vote” — Thao Nguyen
  57. “Gimme Some Truth” — John Lennon
  58. “Hurricane” — Bob Dylan
  59. “Strange Fruit” — Billie Holiday
  60. “Quiet” — MILCK
  61. “Talkin’ Bout A Revolution” — Tracy Chapman
  62. “Standing in the Way of Control” — Gossip
  63. “I Give You Power” —  Arcade Fire feat. Mavis Staples
  64. “Power to the People” — John Lennon
  65. “If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next” — Main Street Preachers
  66. “Idioteque” — Radiohead
  67. “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” — Gil Scott-Heron
  68. “Chicago” — Graham Nash
  69. “What’s Goin’ On” — Marvin Gaye
  70. “Brother What Happened?” — Muddy Magnolias
  71. “Immigraniada” — Gogol Bordello
  72. “Fuck Tha Police” — NWA
  73. “Take the Power Back” — Rage Against the Machine
  74. “Get Up Stand Up” — Bob Marley & the Wailers
  75. “In Water We Trust – Mni Wiconi (#NoDAPL)” — Askultura ft. Kuyayky & Pedro ‘el criollito’ Erazo
  76. “Power Of Love” — Loa McJungles*
  77. “Fight the Power” — Public Enemy
  78. “Beds Are Burning” — Midnight Oil
  79. “Locker Room Talk” — Cold War Kids
  80. “Hallelujah Money” — Gorillaz feat. Benjamin Clementine*
  81. “Right Right Now Now” — Beastie Boys
  82. “Pull Up the People” — M.I.A.
  83. “2100” — Run the Jewels ft. BOOTS
  84. “We Got The” — Beastie Boys
  85. “Volunteers” — Jefferson Airplane
  86. “Everyday People” — Sly & the Family Stone
  87. “Free Enterprise” — Rick Ross ft. John Legend
  88. “Mississippi Goddam” — Nina Simone
  89. “We Shall Overcome” — Pete Seeger
  90. “Don’t Ever Take Away My Freedom” — Peter Yarrow
  91. “Freedom” — Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar*
  92. “Robbin Hood Theory” — Gang Starr
  93. “List of Demands (Reparations)” — Saul Williams
  94. “Glory” — Common ft. John Legend
  95. “Sad News” — Swizz Beatz ft. Scarface
  96. “What It Means” — Drive-By Truckers
  97. “Love Me, I’m a Liberal” — Jello Biafra & Mojo Nixon
  98. “The Charade” — D’Angelo
  99. “Cry No More” — Rhiannon Giddens*
  100. “Know Your Rights” — The Clash
  101. “I’m Afraid of Americans” — David Bowie
  • *not currently available on spotify; can be streamed elsewhere or purchased via links below

 

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Sara Iacovelli

Sara Iacovelli

Sara moved from NYC to Boulder to Seattle, where she pours beer for a living and drinks beer for a hobby. She holds an M.A. in Comparative Literature, which she uses mostly to compare her own writing to that of writers she loves.
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