Six Anti-Establishment Songs That Aren't by Rage Against the Machine

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2. Gil Scott Heron - "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"

Gil Scott Heron calls out all of society in one fell swoop. Full lyrics available here.

1. "Strange Fruit" - Billie Holiday

Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Yep, that was in 1939 -- can you imagine the risk that was being taken by singing this song? One of the saddest, most upsetting, and most necessary songs ever sung, "Strange Fruit" was originally a poem written by a Jewish communist schoolteacher named Abel Meeropol from New York. While the song was already put to music, it was further adapted by Billie Holiday and integrated into her live set.

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