Political statements

Creado por SiHo_92 en 28 Ene 2018 | Editado por última vez por SiHo_92 el 05 Feb 2018

[Peace for everyone!] Teeth smile

In this collection, I want to present you different songs that (in my opinion) contain a political message - about special politicians or about the situation of their country or about the entire world.

If you find similar songs, feel free to tell me! I'd be glad to know which songs you like! Thanks!

Canción | Inglés Pink

Dear Mr. President by P!nk from 2006 is about the former US-President George W. Bush Jr.
P!nk claims that Bush declares the war to other nations only for economic reasons, that he doesn't care about his people's real needs and suffers, and that he even abandons his own daughter just because she's homosexual.

I personally think this is one of P!nk's greatest hits ever!
Info: Many people believe that P!nk's current song What About Us is a continuation of the song above and that it refers to President Donald J. Trump… Well, who knows? 

Canción | Alemán Sido

Astronaut by Andreas Bourani feat. Sido is a German song from 2015.
It is a complaint about the modern humans' seek for more and more economic wealth while not caring about the things that really matter in life. The singers want to show that we are just a small part in this world - pretty unimportant in the universe.

This is one of my favourite German songs. You need to watch the video! Even if you don't speak German, the video tells you the song's message pefectly.

Traducciones:  Inglés Italiano Ruso 15 more

Heal The World by Michael Jackson from 1991 is a call to the world's peoples to improve the relationships to each other, to end war and fighting, to overcome prejudices, hate and fear in order to provide a better world for our descendants...

In an interview, Michael Jackson told this is the song he is proudest of to have created.

Traducciones:  Árabe Español Rumano 13 more

Where Is The Love? by the Black Eyed Peas from 2003 is about the lack of love, respect and kindness in our modern civilization. It is a cry for help and for a better treatment among each other.

Info: In 2016, the Black Eyed Peas did a remake of the song following the police violence and terrible shootings across the USA. It features many famous singers like Justin Timberlake, and in the video, you can see many actors/models/etc. like Kendall Jenner supporting the protest against violence.

Traducciones:  Español Italiano Griego 6 more
Canción | Inglés John Lennon

Imagine by John Lennon from 1971 describes the wish for a better world.
John Lennon wants his listeners to think about what a beautiful place our world could be if we stopped war, hate, discrimination, etc.

This is a wonderful song with great lyrics and a dreamy melody that awakes the wish for a peaceful world within us all.

Canción | Inglés Ed Sheeran

The A Team by Ed Sheeran from 2011 is about people's problems with drugs.
The official music video shows a young woman who has to prostitute herself in order to gain money for drugs. Ed Sheeran describes the life and the feelings of this woman.

Obviously, this is no real protest song or any song with a concrete political statement, but in my opinion, Ed Sheeran indirectly criticizes that the girl is being left alone with her problems and the society doesn't care at all.
The term "A Team" is used for groups of people that are addicted to drugs.

Canción | Alemán Die Ärzte

Schrei Nach Liebe by Die Ärzte from 1993 is a very aggressive and offensive song.
It insults and rails at the German Neo-Nazis and their supporters. The band wants to open the German people's eyes for the dangers of those groups.

Even if I don't usually like songs of this music style and also no offensive language, I added this song to the collection because it has an impulsive and clear massage.
Info: Die Ärzte also wrote another song with a similar context: Junge from 2007.

Europe Is Lost by Kate Tempest from 2015 is a protest song against today's way of life.
In her song, she criticizes that modern people are working all their life without really enjoying living. Plus, they don't see what really matters, they have wrong priorities, and they forget about their environment and all the disasters and catastrophes that endanger our world. 

This song has amazing lyrics and it's one of the greatest protest songs of present time.
[Thanks for the suggestion, @maluca.]

Traducciones:  Francés

Sascha… Ein Aufrechter Deutscher by Die Toten Hosen from 1993 is an anti-Nazi song. It describes the thoughts and opinions of a fanatical activist. 

This song shows impressively how strange those people behave and think, but we will never completely know why they do it.
[Thanks for the suggestion, @Achampnator.]

Traducciones:  Inglés Ruso Turco 2 more

What About Me? by Quicksilver Messenger Service from 1970 is a protest song offending all the mighty people abusing their power.
In the song, persons in leading roles (economy/politics/military…) are being blamed for letting weaker people and also the environment suffer only for their own advantage.

This song mentions many different topics, and although it was written in the '70s, it's (unfortunately) yet still up-to-date.
[Thanks for the suggestion, @maluca.]

Traducciones:  Español Alemán
Canción | Alemán Nena

99 Luftballons by Nena from 1983 is a German anti-war song. It especially complains about the Cold War and the fact that at this time, just one simple common action could lead to the world's ending.

Info: The Cold War was such a cruel period of time for the entire planet, that this song became very popular all across the world. So one year later, Nena even wrote a special English version (99 Red Balloons) of it.

O Trono Do Estudar by Todos Os Estudantes from 2015 is a Brazilian protest song against the local education politics.
In many Brazilian states, e.g. São Paulo, the governments decided to reduce the financing of education by closing schools, universities etc. This caused lots of protests across the country and many schools were occupied by students. 

This song is great and proves that it's important to fight for your rights - no matter how strong the opponents might be…
[Thanks for the suggestion, @Alma Barroca.]

Canción | Sueco Timbuktu

Ett Brev by Timbuktu from 2003 is a Swedish rap song against Göran Persson, former Prime Minister of Sweden.
In his song which can also be seen as a public letter, Timbuktu criticizes the PM for his politics (especially for supporting George Bush) and blames him to take the wrong priorities which may cause many problems in his own country. 

Info: Following the terror attacks from 11th September 2001, the USA forced its NATO-partners to support it in the war against Afghanistan. Although Bush claimed to fight the local terror groups, many people believed that this war was for economic reasons, and they criticized their own countries for helping the USA.
[Thanks for the suggestion, @Loot.]

Traducciones:  Inglés

Demarcação já! by Carlos Rennó from 2017 is about the struggle between indigenous peoples and the Brazilian government who is stealing land from local inhabitants for economic reasons. 

This song sadly shows how the seek for profit by western nations destroys the countryside and endangers the life of indigenous peoples having lived there for centuries/millenniums. It is so important to protect and save their culture!
[Thanks for the suggestion, @maluca.]

Traducciones:  Inglés
Canción | Inglés White Lion

When The Children Cry by White Lion from 1987 is a critical song about the current situation of our planet.
The band mentions that our earth is going to be destroyed, and that the next generations will have to face a bad future if we don't change ourselves.

This is a beautiful song, and it opens our eyes for what is really important: caring about our environment and providing an intact world for our children.
[Thanks for the suggestion, @Loot.]

Traducciones:  Rumano Italiano Alemán 7 more

El Pueblo y El Mal Gobierno by Guillermo Velázquez feat. Óscar Chávez from 1987 is a satire on Mexican politicians that are corrupt.
In the song, the musicians play the roles of the politicians and the people, and make fun of the country's situation.

Even if it sounds strange, this song proves that only the people should have a nation's power in order to prevent corruption and other illegal behaviour that might end in a disaster. That's what makes democracy so important.
[Thanks for the suggestion, @phantasmagoria.]

Traducciones:  Inglés Italiano

La Masacre En Tlatelolco by Óscar Chávez from 1995 is about a politically motivated massacre in Mexico City back in 1968.
In his song, Óscar Chávez reminds us to never forget this disaster. He also criticizes that these problems leading to the massacre do still exist today.

Info: At the "Tlatelolco Massacre" on 2nd October 1968, up to 300 students and civilians [exact number unknown] were killed by military and police forces at the "Plaza de las Tres Culturas" in the Tlatelolco district of Mexico City. The tragedy was part of the "Mexican Dirty War" in which the government suppressed its political opponents.
[Thanks for the suggestion and info, @phantasmagoria.]

Traducciones:  Inglés AFI Alemán

Feedom by Pharrell Williams from 2017 is about each person's mind to be free. Every human should have the same rights to think, to believe, to say whatever they want, to live freely, to not be suppressed by anyone, to have a chance to fulfil their dreams…

This song gives us hope to fight our suppressors (not only human ones), in order to have a better live.

Traducciones:  Alemán Serbio Griego 9 more
Canción | Ruso Pornofilmi

Выпускные балы (Vypusknyye baly) by Pornofilmi from 2014 is a critical song about the daily working life. The band criticizes that the people are always working without enjoying their lifes. They gave up their dreams, only to get luxury.

This is a great song which wants us to take the right priorities in order to live a fulfilled life. Always follow your dreams!
[Thanks for the suggestion, @petit élève.]

Traducciones:  Inglés Francés
Canción | Español Righeira

Vamos A La Playa by the Italian duo Righeira from 1983 is a Spanish song about the environmental pollution. The song sarcastically criticizes that most people don't really care about the world going down.

Info: This song hit the European single charts, but only few people know that it's not about going on vacation…

Traducciones:  Inglés Francés Alemán 1 more

Salario Mínimo by Óscar Chávez from 1986 is about the minimum wage in Mexico. It criticizes the growing difference between rich and poor people, and that the society doesn't care enough for people in need. They have to commit crimes in order to earn money to exist.

This song is from the '80ies, but it's still relevant - not only in Mexico.
[Thanks for the suggestion, @phantasmagoria.]

Traducciones:  Italiano Inglés

Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire from 1965 is an anti-war song. It indirectly criticizes the Vietnam War and the USA taking part in it. The words of the song are very clear and still relevant for today. 

Info: The Vietnam War occured from November 1955 to April 1975. It was mainly fought by North and South Vietnam, but the Super Forces of the Cold War - Soviet Union and USA - also took part in it in order to enlarge their power in those regions. More info: Wikipedia.

[Thanks for the suggestion, @P-Code.]

Traducciones:  Alemán Croata Español 2 more
SiHo_92    Dom, 28/01/2018 - 20:14

Wow, thanks! I especially like the second one.

Loot    Dom, 28/01/2018 - 20:51

http://lyricstranslate.com/en/timbuktu-ett-brev-lyrics.html is pretty much an open letter to the Swedish Prime Minister of the time, expressing criticism of his politics and that of George W Bush.

Of course you have the right to pick any songs you like for your collection, but I don't really understand how you see Ed Sheeran's "The A-Team", describing a person's life situation, without drawing any parallels to the general state of society or offering any suggestions for how to change it, as political. In that case any song describing anything (supposedly) real and (perceived as) bad would qualify, right?

Great idea for a list, though! Regular smile

SiHo_92    Dom, 28/01/2018 - 21:18

You're right about Ed Sheeran. I forgot to explain why I think that it fits into my list: I believe that Ed indirectly criticizes the society which doesn't do anything against the girl's and others' bad situation. (OK, this explanation is pretty weak... Wink smile )

Alma Barroca    Dom, 28/01/2018 - 21:54


This song was released as a protest against measures taken by the government of the Brazilian state of São Paulo - which closed several schools and send its students to study elsewhere. This caused several movements to occupy (literally: they moved into the schools) them. It's a song about the strength of education - in a country that disrespects it.

phantasmagoria    Lun, 29/01/2018 - 03:41

This one covers about the Tlatelolco massacre of 1968: http://lyricstranslate.com/en/%C3%B3scar-ch%C3%A1vez-la-masacre-en-tlate...
Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tlatelolco_massacre

This one talks about the minimum wage in Mexico: http://lyricstranslate.com/en/%C3%B3scar-ch%C3%A1vez-salario-m%C3%ADnimo...

And this one is a comedy about the corruption in Mexico to its country and its people (Each singer portrays a role, one plays Mexico and all its politicians and one plays the people of Mexico): http://lyricstranslate.com/en/guillermo-vel%C3%A1zquez-el-pueblo-y-el-ma...

Gavin    Mar, 30/01/2018 - 17:16

I think you meant "message"...

Although a political massage does sound interesting Wink smile

Loot    Sáb, 03/02/2018 - 18:51

Are you sure about that? I think a political massage would be all on one's left side, all on one's right side, or all in the middle; never evenly spread. Wink smile

petit élève    Mié, 31/01/2018 - 00:02

If you want to add some Russian to the mix, you might consider these guys.
Most if not all of their songs contain political statements.
If you want more, I can suggest a couple other bands Regular smile

petit élève    Jue, 01/02/2018 - 05:58

Interesting song, full of mid-60's American references.

petit élève    Vie, 02/02/2018 - 20:37

Man, that's good! We would need more of the same today Teeth smile

maluca    Sáb, 03/02/2018 - 20:11

Do we have the lyrics here on LT?

SiHo_92    Sáb, 03/02/2018 - 20:31

That's a great song and I like to include it to the collection. Before that, I'll have to add the artist and the song to LT. I'll do it later unless someone else does it. Regular smile

Blueblood    Sáb, 17/02/2018 - 08:22

"As If We Existed" by Solillaquists of Sound is a song that I've grown quite fond of, as of late. From my understanding, it speaks of why popular concepts like arrogance, willful ignorance, nostalgic pessimism, materialism, imagined powerlessness, procrastination, lying, greed, lust, fear, selfishness and tribalism prevent us from coming together to better the world, which I hope isn't too abstract to qualify for this collection.

Alma Barroca    Sáb, 17/02/2018 - 19:59

Not exactly a politic statement. The song talks about social inequality in times of globalization (for instance, it mentions Chinese people working to make shoes for the rich and powerful and oil clouds rising from the ground messing up with the air). Song also begs for an urgent change and the creation of a new age.

Song talks about differences between now and before: people live longer now than they did in the past, for instance. Song also mentions that life in harmony won't be just an utopic thought. It uses the rhetorical devices 'I wish' and 'They say' to express desires (for instance: 'They say that Gods and science will become one in consciousness' and 'I wish I didn't feel any more fear').

SiHo_92    Sáb, 17/02/2018 - 20:12

Thanks for all your suggestions! I appreciate them. I can currently not update my collection, but I'll do it as soon as possible. Promise! Wink smile

Alma Barroca    Vie, 02/03/2018 - 12:55

http://lyricstranslate.com/en/Fabri-Fibra-Italia-lyrics.html - Song talks about problems faced in contemporary Italy such as the high crime rate, unemployment, corruption in general and deceptions.

http://lyricstranslate.com/en/Cazuza-Brasil-lyrics.html - A protest against the political scandals and social injustice. It could be noticed that 'Brasil' was released in 1988 as the military dictatorship was coming to an end - Brazil was getting democratized once again.

http://lyricstranslate.com/en/Fabrizio-Moro-Pensa-lyrics.html - Song is an invitation to a reflection against any kind of violence and against the mafia.