the playlist tracks that rocked the status quo
The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Columbia Records (1963)
Dylan’s groundbreaking album brought blistering social and political commentary to a reverent folk scene. Take your pick from: Blowin’ in the Wind, Masters of War or A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall.
Fight the Power Public Enemy Def Jam, Columbia (1989)
The hugely influential hiphop group Public Enemy threw an acoustic grenade at white political conservatism when it called on black Americans to “fight the powers that be”. A powerful rallying cry with an irresistible beat.
Irhal Ramy Essam Performed in Tahrir Square, January 2011
Ramy Essam’s quickly penned song exhorting president Hosni Mubarak to step down became the anthem to Egypt’s revolution when he sang it to the crowd protesting in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in early 2011.