A Playlist For Political Protest:

  1. Muse – Uprising
  2. twenty one pilots – Polarize
  3. Sampha – Blood On Me
  4. Death Cab For Cutie – Million Dollar Loan
  5. Bastille – The Currents
  6. Cage The Elephant – Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked
  7. Gotye – Don’t Worry, We’ll Be Watching You
  8. MGMT- The Youth
  9. Declan McKenna – Isombard 
  10. Pink Floyd – Another Brick in the Wall
  11. Sam Cohen – Clockwork
  12. Young The Giant – Something To Believe In
  13. Spoon – The Underdog



Music is an art form and, within the current context especially, a form of protest. Although not all of the songs on this playlist were created as a refutation of the current political landscape, they are all still very relevant. “Uprising” is a classic song of political protest since its release in 2009 and preaches unity and revolution in the face of adversity. “Polarize,” although not explicitly political in lyrics, does pull on feelings of division. The word “polarization” itself refers to a separation of society via political parties. “Blood On Me” is especially relevant now, seeing how it refers to a fear of being chased down or attacked in this era of police brutality. Death Cab For Cutie’s “Million Dollar Loan” is less thinly veiled in meaning than many songs on this list. “Million Dollar Loan” was created explicitly as a response to Trump’s political campaign and the fact that he took a “Million Dollar Loan” from his father to uphold his platform. “The Currents” from Bastille’s newest album was also created in the wake of political figures that lead singer-Dan Smith saw as corrupt such as Trump. “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” was released by Cage The Elephant in 2008, and remains relevant, especially in the end of the song where a corrupt politician is referenced. Gotye’s “Don’t Worry, We’ll Be Watching You” gives off the eery vibe of an overly observant government with the capability of corruption. In 2007, MGMT released “The Youth” in 2007, but it caters more toward millennials now than ever, since millennials can have such a powerful voice in current politics. Declan Mckenna is still rising in popularity, and with socially aware songs like “Isombard” that reflect on police brutality and false nationalism of the US, there’s no reason for him to not continue to grow in his stardom. “Another Brick in the Wall” is self explanatory in relevance thematically within the context of the Trump campaign. “Clockwork” by Sam Cohen was another track created in the wake of the US political campaign and is very forward in thematic message. Young The Giant’s new album focuses on the ideology of America, and “Something To Believe In” coveys a message warning about putting too much faith in something or someone. “Underdog” by Spoon has been popular since its release, and allows for a hopeful morale; those who don’t believe in the underdog can be shocked by the outcome. “Underdog” is a song that can be taken to heart by either of the political parties.

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