'Give Peace a Chance'? 'Fight the Power'? 'American Idiot'? What's the best protest song of all-time? | EW.com

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'Give Peace a Chance'? 'Fight the Power'? 'American Idiot'? What's the best protest song of all-time?

If there’s one thing rock stars like more than driving expensive cars into swimming pools while on angel dust, it’s writing tunes about how gosh darned unfair society can be. The history of the latter tendency is exhaustively tracked in British music writer Dorian Lynskey’s new tome, 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holliday to Green Day, which is out this week.

The 550-plus page tome serves as a reminder that many of the greatest tunes of all-time found their authors objecting to one societal ill or another, and I’ve embedded a tiny selection of the (at times righteously potty-mouthed) tracks Lynskey writes about below. But what do you think is the greatest protest song of all-time?

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