Protest song

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A protest song is kind of folk music (or, more recently, pop-influenced folk music). They become popular during times of social disruption and among socially neglected groups. They rail against injustice, racial discrimination, war, inflation, social inequalities and the like. Folk songs occur throughout history, as in the American Revolutionary War and the abolitionist movement of the 1800s. In the 20th century, the union movement, the Great Depression and the Vietnam War were the primary periods of popularity for protest songs. The common form, with acoustic guitar and harmonica, was popularized by the work of Woody Guthrie during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl.

Main protest song singers :

The protest songs :

Unions, Depression era and World War II


The 1960s and the Vietnam War era

More recent

See also REM, Midnight Oil, U2