Tune Talk: Top 5 Songs That Were Influenced By Politics

Willie Williams , Staff Writer

5. Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2
As much as I don’t like U2, this song I have to admit was a very good song. I love the reason for them writing it. The song was about the two Bloody Sundays that there were in Irish history. Now there are two Bloody Sundays in Irish history. The first was in 1920 whenever British troops fired into a football match crowd in Dublin in retaliation for the killing of British undercover agents. And the second was in 1972 when British paratroopers killed 13 Irish citizens at civil rights protest in Derry, Northern Ireland. This song is more about the second Bloody Sunday.

4. One by Metallica
Metallica’s best song off of “…And Justice for All” was about a solider fighting a war and a mortar blows off in his face. He cannot see, smell, taste, and he doesn’t have arms or legs. He comes out of a coma in a hospital and during the time that he’s in the hospital, he reflects on his life and the things that his father had told him. Eventually the doctors get worried because he’s having spasms all the time but he doesn’t seem to be dying. They call in the general and he can’t figure why he’s having these spasm’s as well as the doctors can’t. “It’s Morse code” he says,” and the general asks what he is saying and then the solider looks for a minute and then says “He is saying K-I-L-L- M-E over and over again.”

3. Holiday by Green Day
Off of Green Day’s blockbuster album, “American Idiot,” we got pretty much all of their political views on the current president at the time, George W. Bush. In their classic hit, “Holiday.” The songs is mainly about the American government and society during the Iraqi War. It comments on how thousands of dead Americans and Iraqis are nameless to the average American citizen. The song also expresses resentment with the corporate greed and corruption involved in the “rebuilding” effort.

2. Prison Song by System of a Down
System of a Down kicked off their greatest album with this song. Prison Song is about how American people in prison and throws out the facts about the percentage of Americans in the prison system since 1985 and how nearly 2,000,000 Americans are incarcerated. The chorus describes Americas need to build more prisons yet it blames the government for the problem.

1. Testify by Rage Against the Machine
As everyone knows, Rage Against the Machine pretty much bases their careers around their political views. At least Tom Morello wanted their fans to know that. Rage Against the Machine’s first album had one of their biggest hits of all-time, “Testify.” This song is about misrepresentation of world events by the US media. New anchors relay lies in the homes of Americans because that’s all the Americans can handle. The only way for people to survive is through the opiates that they partake of every day in the form of celebrities and media. The song uses the party slogan for the Oceania government in the book 1984: “Who controls the past, controls the future. Who controls the present now, controls the past.”