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Motivated by an instinct to avoid the usual suspects because as of two this morning we live in unusual times, I compiled a list of songs that protested boundaries, legislative and sexual.

1. Public Enemy – Fight the Power
2. Buzzcocks – I Believe
3. Bobby Fuller – I Fought the Law
4. Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy
5. Merle Haggard – I’m a White Boy
6. DJ Sprinkles – Ball’r (Madonna-Free Zone)
7. Killer Mike – Reagan
8. David Bowie – Fantastic Voyage
9. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Don’t Look Now
10. Funkadelic – If You Don’t Like the Effect, Don’t Produce the Cause
11. Prince – Controversy
12. Nas – America
13. X-Ray Spex – The Day The World Turned to Day-Glo
14. Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
15. Bruce Springsteen – Badlands
16. Pet Shop Boys – It Couldn’t Happen Here
17. Dead Prez – Hip Hop
18. Sonic Youth – Death Valley ’69
19. Pulp – Common People
20. Lupe Fiasco – Words I Never Said
21. Grimes – Realiti
22. The Isley Brothers – Fight The Power (Part 1 & 2)
23. John Lennon – Working Class Hero
24. Gil Scott-Heron – Winter in America
25. Staple Singers – I’ll Take You There
26. Curtis Mayfield – (Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Below, We’re All Going to Go
27. Pearl Jam – World Wide Suicide
28. Sly & The Family Stone – Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey
29. Queen – I Want to Break Free
29. John Coltrane – Ascension
30. Sleater Kinney – Step Aside
31. Sylvester – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
32. Public Image Ltd – Rise
33. Sterling Void – It’s Alright
34. Alex Anwandter – Siempre Es Viernes En Mi Corazón
35. Madonna – Into the Groove
36. Sam Cooke – Chain Gang
37. Husker Du – Turn On the News
38. Sex Pistols – Bodies
39. Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit
40. M.I.A. – Born Free