the playlist tracks that rocked the sta­tus quo

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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.

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