With the November elections just around the corner, the spirit of revolution is in the air. If you’re looking for songs to rock out to while you help create change, look no further. “Rock for the Revolution” might just be the perfect playlist to listen to while filling out your 2020 ballot.
“Talkin’ Bout a Revolution” by Tracy Chapman
It’s only fitting that the playlist begins with this powerful ballad by accomplished musician and human rights activist Tracy Chapman. The four-time Grammy winner emerged as an emblem of protest rock music in the ’90s. With lyrics such as “Poor people gonna rise up/ And get their share/ Poor people gonna rise up/ And take what’s theirs” sung in Chapman’s unique and powerful voice, this particular number comes alive to fan the vibrant flames of revolution.
“Anthem” by Greta Van Fleet
An essential song on the band’s 2018 album, Anthem of the Peaceful Army, “Anthem” is Greta Van Fleet’s attempt to unite a broken and polarized world through the power of music. A gargantuan task, but if any voice could do it, it would be the voice of lead singer Josh Kiszka. Rebirthing ’70s-style rock, Greta Van Fleet has a nostalgic sound but remains relevant by singing about contemporary political issues. This is the band’s musical plea to open your mind, free yourself from disagreements and unite with others.
“Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
A Vietnam War-era classic, “Fortunate Son” is a protest song against the war and political establishments. Some have interpreted the