Revolutionary Songs of the 1970s

Was asked by a friend to suggest some songs for a playlist of popular songs that revolutionaries might have been listening to in the 1970s. Spent over an hour on it so it counts as content. Have interpreted both ‘revolutionary’ and ‘1970s’ very liberally. It’s a fun list, so have fun:

No, I won’t be putting these into a Spotify playlist for your convenience. Feel free to do so and share it however :).

Nina Simone ‘Revolution (Pts 1&2)’ (1968)

Jefferson Airplane ‘Volunteers’ (1969)

Marlena Shaw ‘Woman of the Ghetto’ (1969)

Steeleye Span ‘Blackleg Miner’(1970)

The Lumpen ‘Free Bobby Now’ (1970)

Gil Scott Heron ’The Revolution Will Not be Televised’ (1971)

Helen Reddy ‘I am Woman’ (1971)

Marc Bolan & T. Rex ‘Children of the Revolution’ (1972)

The Wolfe Tones ‘The Men Behind the Wire’ (1972)

Strawbs ‘Part of the Union” (1973)

Bob Marley & the Wailers “Get Up, Stand Up’ (1973)

Miriam Makeba ‘We Got to Make It’ (1974)

Karaxu ‘Bolivariana’ (1974)

Max Romeo ’Socialism is Love’ (1974)

Sylford Walker ‘Burn Babylon’ (1975)

Valentino ‘Born this Way’ (1975)

Jorge Ben ‘Africa Brasil’ (1976)

The Last Poets ‘Blessed are those Who Struggle’ (1977)

Thomas Mapfumo ‘Hokoyo’ (1978)

The Slits ’Typical Girls’ (1978)

Tom Robinson Band (1978) ‘Power in the Darkness’

Tom Robinson Band (1978) ‘Glad to be Gay’

The Last Poets ‘Blessed are those Who Struggle’ (1978)

The Clash ‘ Remote Control’ (1977)

Machine (1979) ’There But for the Grace of God Go I’

Crass ‘Mother Earth’ (1979)

The Jam ‘Going Underground’ (1980)

Lindsay Cooper ’The Charter’ (1980)

Fela Kuti & Roy Ayers ‘2000 Blacks Got to be Free’ (1980)

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