In the middle of an election year, these songs about politics—mostly protests against politicians and those who pull the strings—seem most apt. Some were written 80 years ago; some recently. And it’s not just a folk protest thing. These songs cross all genres, from jazz to rock to rap. That tells me that, no matter who you are, you’ve got to fight, whether that’s against the powers that be or just for your right to par-tee.

Listen to Political Songs on Apple Music.