Updated November 26, 2013 – Added If You Like Your Plan You Can Keep It from Remy
Updated October 31, 2013 – Added Healthcare Mash from Remy
Updated August 29, 2013 – Added Get Up Stand Up from Bob Marley and the Wailers
Updated August 28, 2013 – Added No Knock Raid from Lindy
Updated August 26, 2013 – Added Uprising from Muse. – One of the best damn songs around!
Updated June 5, 2013 – Added Remy’s video Up In My Grill: 4th of July Rap
Updated June 3, 2013 – Added Monster from Steppenwolf
On social media (such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+) I often post a libertarian song of the day. I didn’t really think anyone really cared or paid attention. That is until I didn’t do so for a few days, then I had all kinds of people asking if I was OK!
Below is a list of songs I believe have at least some libertarian (small l) spirit to them. Yes, some of these do have swear words and adult concepts. This list is far from complete. I just add to it as I do my ‘libertarian song of the day’ thing (and I’m not gonna bother putting older ones I posted until I get to them again).
I have also included the link to each artists website. This is my way to give credit where credit is due. Some of these artists such as Rush are well known and obvious, but I also try to find some that are possibly outside of the mainstream.
Artist – Song Name – Music Link – Short Notes
- After the Fire – Der Kommissar (Falco cover) – YouTube – “The more you live, the faster you will die”. A look at life behind the Iron Curtain (spoiler, it was BAD!). To hear Falco’s original version sang in German see this YouTube video.
- Alan Parsons Project – Eye in the Sky – YouTube – I know this is love song about a failed relationship, but is still applicable about the failed relationship between government and citizens.
- Alice Cooper – Freedom – YouTube – “Cuz I never walk away from what I know is right”
- Bad Religion – You Are (The Government) – YouTube w/lyrics – Just one helluva great punk song.
- Band of Patriots – Take Our Freedom Back – YouTube – “Now an enemy from within would enslave us all again, and deprive us of our rights in the Constitution.” It is quite obvious the government and politicians are not going to give our freedom back willingly.
- Barry McGuire – Eve of Destruction – YouTube – “And, tell me over and over and over and over again, my friend, You don’t believe We’re on the eve Of destruction”. One of the best anti-war songs ever. Chosen to be song of the day on 12/21/12.
- The Beatles – Taxman – YouTube – “If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet”. Do I really need to explain this one??
- Billy Joel – My Life – YouTube – “Go ahead with your own life, leave me alone” Don’t get much more libertarian than that.
- Blues Traveler – Support Your Local Emperor – YouTube live w/orchestra – “You can see that in the end, it’s just a little bit of talk.” A song about leaders that must have their egos stroked.
- Bob Marley and the Wailers – Get Up Stand Up – YouTube – “You can fool some people sometimes, But you can’t fool all the people all the time. So now we see the light (what you gonna do?), We gonna stand up for our rights! (yeah, yeah, yeah! )” – Just a legendary song celebrating liberty empowerment.
- Bobby Darin – Simple Song of Freedom – YouTube – “Come and sing a simple song of freedom, Sing it like you’ve never sung before, Let it fill the air, Tell the people everywhere, We, the people here, don’t want a war”. This classic song continues to remain relevant.
- Carla Howell – How Could I Live Without Filing Taxes – YouTube – This song is kinda funny… it would be funnier if it wasn’t so true…
- The Charlie Daniels Band – Long Haired Country Boy – YouTube w/lyrics – “But I ain’t askin’ nobody for nothin’, If I can’t get it on my own. You don’t like the way I’m livin’, You just leave this long-haired country boy alone.” Sums up self-reliance pretty damn well!
- Cheap Trick – Taxman, Mr. Thief – YouTube – “You work hard, you went hungry, Now the taxman is out to get you” – Sums up the income tax pretty damn well.
- Cream – Politician – YouTube – “I support the left, tho’ I’m leanin’ to the right. But I’m just not there when it’s coming to a fight.” I think those lyrics sum up the morals of politicians quite well. Plus you gotta love the bass playing in this song!
- Creed – One – YouTube w/lyrics – “Society blind by color, Why hold down one to raise another, Discrimination now on both sides” This song takes on the unintended consequence of affirmative action: increased division of races.
- Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son – YouTube – Big government forced class warfare (literal and figurative) are tackled in rock classic!
- Creedence Clearwater Revival – Who’ll Stop the Rain – YouTube w/lyrics – “Caught up in the fable I watched the tower grow, Five year plans and new deals wrapped in golden chains.” This song just gets more relevant every year.
- Danzig – Mother – YouTube (w/lyrics) – “Mother, can you keep them in the dark for life!” Danzig aimed this song directly at Tipper Gore and the PMRC when they tried to regulate (censor) music back in the 80’s.
- David Bowie – Heroes – YouTube – “Though nothing will drive them away, we can beat them, just for one day, we can be heroes, just for one day”. The song of a German couple by The Wall defying the power. Just a beautiful song.
- Devo – Freedom of Choice – YouTube – “I’ll say it again in the land of the free, Use your freedom of choice”. Not only is this a good free market song and civil liberties song its a classic circa 1980 video!
- Dom Flemons – Bye Bye Policeman – YouTube live – This is a cover of a great song from legendary bluesman Jim Jackson.
- Don McLean – Everybody Loves Me, Baby – YouTube – “Now, no man is beyond my claim when land is seized in the people’s name. By evil men who rob and maim, if war is hell, I’m not to blame!” This song pokes fun at a totalitarian leader.
- Frank Turner – Sons of Liberty – YouTube – “governments will only work for their own benefit.” This is a great libertarian song that I wish had a larger audience.
- Frank Zappa – He Used To Cut The Grass – YouTube – “Wow, there’s hardly anything fun to do, since they made music illegal”. A ‘reformed’ Joe trying to cope with the world outside.
- Frank Zappa – The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing – YouTube – “In Washington they just takes care of NUMBER ONE, An’ NUMBER ONE ain’t YOU, You ain’t even NUMBER TWO ” Sums up D.C. pretty well I think.
- Frank Zappa – You Are What You Is – YouTube – Another great Zappa classic, that takes on mindless conformism.
- George Jones – White Lightning – YouTube – “Well the “G” men, “T” men, revenuers, too; Searchin’ for the place where he made his brew”. Great song about a moonshiner from a true music legend (RIP).
- George Zsidisn – Gary Johnson Song – YouTube – – This was recorded at a Gary Johnson event in Bowling Green. Even with the background noise I thought it was a pretty good song. George Zsidisn is a business professor at Bowling Green State University.
- Green Day – Minority – YouTube – “I don’t need your authority, down with the moral majority” Just a great song.
- Hank Williams Jr. – Country Boy Can Survive – YouTube – Don’t get much more of an independent libertarian feel than this classic song from Bocephus.
- Hank Williams Jr. – Mind Your Own Business – YouTube (live) – Yes, this is Hank Sr’s song, but I like Jr’s version.
- Ice T – Freedom of Speech – YouTube – ” You have the right to remain silent: FUCK that right.” This one is pretty self-explanatory
- Jane’s Addiction – 1% – YouTube (live w/lyrics) – “the gang, and the government, no different!” A song about the real 1%
- John Cougar Mellencamp – Authority Song – YouTube w/lyrics – I’ve always seen this song being about the plight of libertarians, set to a nice beat!
- Johnny Cash – Big Rock Candy Mountain – YouTube – This song is almost a century old and originally recorded by Harry McClintock (But I’m a huge Johnny Cash fan so had to post his version). To me this isn’t a song about a hobo’s fantasy, its actually the ‘vision’ progressives have for America (minus the cigarette trees reference, that is now not PC).
- Johnny Cash – I won’t Back Down (Tom Petty Cover) – YouTube – “Well I know what’s right, I got just one life, In a world that keeps on pushin’ me around, But I’ll stand my ground and I won’t back down” – Just a beutiful liberty minded song, made even more powerful with Johnny Cash singing it.
- Jordan Page – Liberty (Acoustic Version) – YouTube – This song asks “When is the right time to stand up for freedom?” Just a great song with an essential message.
- Jordan Page – Pendulum – YouTube – “& the pendulum swings from the left to the right, as momentum increases the need for the fight, Like a blindfold when its time to walk towards the light, & I am lost somewhere in the middle” This song is too easy to relate too!
- The Kinks – 20th Century Man – YouTube – “I was born in a welfare state, ruled by bureaucracy”. Its tough growing up in a country destroyed by 20th century politics.
- The Kinks – Sunny Afternoon – YouTube – “Save me, save me, save me from this squeeze”. Great consequences of the taxman song.
- Libertarian Animation – Non-Aggression Principle – YouTube – “If we both understand and live by the Non-Aggression Principle we can make more friends, happily coexist and cooperate to accomplish great things, instead of being jerks like those guys.” Just a cool animated song supporting the Non-Aggression Principle
- Lindy – No Knock Raid – YouTube – “Its a no knock raid, don’t be afraid. You do the tame, for your victimless crime.” This video is graphic. But is perfect to show the true impact to society of the war on drugs.
- Living Colour – Cult of Personality – YouTube – “I exploit you, still you love me. I tell you one and one makes three. I’m the cult of personality.” I can think of many political leaders this applies to.
- Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World – YouTube – “I hear babies cry, I watch them grow. They’ll learn much more, than I’ll never know. And I think to myself …..what a wonderful world.” Such a beautiful song from the great Satchmo celebrating how wonderful the world is and how the bright the future can be.
- Lucky Dube – Taxman – YouTube – “You take from the rich, take from the poor”. Taxes help nobody!
- Matt Monro – Born Free – YouTube w/lyrics – “Born free, And life is worth living, But only worth living, Cos you’re born free” – Just a damn wonderful song!
- Megadeth – Peace Sells – YouTube – “Peace sells, but who’s buying?” Always felt Mustane had a classic liberal influence on his song writing.
- Megadeth – Symphony of Destruction – YouTube – “You take a mortal man, And put him in control, Watch him become a god, Watch peoples heads a’roll, A’roll…” Ironically the 2nd Obama inauguration brought this song to mind.
- Merle Haggard – America First – YouTube – “Freedom is stuck in reverse”. Merle puts forth a good case for changing our current overseas interventionism ways.
- Metallica – …And Justice For All – YouTube w/lyrics – “The ultimate in vanity, Exploiting their supremacy”. This metal track takes the justice system on. And one of my all-time favorite songs!
- Muse – Uprising – YouTube w/lyrics – “And endless red tape to keep the truth confined”. Great line! This has become one of my favorite bands!
- Neema Vedadi – A Gun for Everyone (except for government) – YouTube – I was happy to find this hip-hop song defending 2nd amendment rights, and doing so in a libertarian way!
- The Offspring – Americana – YouTube w/lyrics – “My rights are denied by those least qualified” – Nothing like some Offspring to get the blood pumping.
- The Offspring – Why Don’t You Get A Job – YouTube – This song sums up what needs to be said politically.
- The Offspring – You’re Gonna Go Far Kid – YouTube – “With a thousand lies and a good disguise, Hit ’em right between the eyes”. This song (and the great video) show how politicians have treated us after we give them the gift of our votes.
- Oingo Boingo – Captialism – YouTube – “There is nothing wrong with capitalism, there is nothing wrong with free enterprise”.
- Pennywise – My Own Country – YouTube – You can’t go wrong with a punk song that begins with “Fools run the government sick foreign policy”
- Peter Tosh – Legalize It – YouTube – “Legalize it – don’t criticize it, Legalize it and i will advertise it”. Can’t have a list without some reggae.
- PokerFace – Calling For a Revolution – YouTube – “Its time to stop the tyranny you keep pushing thru your bills”. This song rocks from a freedom perspective!
- PokerFace – I’d Rather Die Than Be Your Slave – YouTube (live) – “He’s come to take away my liberties” A great song for the freedom movement.
- Porter Robinson – The State – YouTube – “For centuries the state has robbed people at bayonet point and called it “taxation”.” A dubstep track quoting Murray Rothbard’s book that helped launch modern libertarianism: For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto.
- Ramones – Outsider – YouTube – A classic punk song about being an outsider.
- Remy – Cough Drops: The Mandate (The Sandra Fluke Rap) – YouTube – Remy takes on mandates.
- Remy – Free Speech Song – YouTube – He makes some of the best videos out there.
- Remy – Grandma Got Indefinitely Detained (A Very TSA Christmas) – YouTube – “they took her rights in order to…protect rights..” Shows how ridiculous the TSA really is!
- Remy – Healthcare Mash – YouTube – Just in time for Halloween, a song about a truly scary subject: healthcare.gov!
- Remy – If You Like Your Plan You Can Keep It – YouTube – This situation from Obama was asking for a parody song!
- Remy – Obamacare Video Contest Song – YouTube – I’m not sure why this song didn’t win…
- Remy – Raise the Debt Ceiling Rap – YouTube – An ever increasing issue in the US: raising the Debt Ceiling.
- Remy – Up In My Grill: 4th of July Rap – YouTube – This little rap video from Remy shows how “Independent” we really are in the US.
- Remy – Why They Fought – YouTube – Putting things in perspective.
- The Replacements – Bastards of Young – YouTube w/lyrics – “income tax deduction, what a helluva function.” A theme song for Gen X’ers, that somehow is almost more relevant for Millennials.
- Rhythm, Rhyme and Results – The Bill of (Your) Rights song – YouTube – Great way to learn the bill of rights with simple phrases, to hip-hop.
- Rockne Van Meter – Rebelfire: Justice Day – YouTube – “Let liberty loose with a howl of rage!”. A complete Pro-Freedom song, against both left and right authoritarianism. This also happens to be a song created to promote the teen-libertarian book “RebelFire: Out of the Gray Zone” by Claire Wolfe and Aaron Zelman.
- The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil – YouTube (Live) – “Use all your well-learned politesse Or I’ll lay your soul to waste, um yeah.” I’ve always seen the devil in this as bureaucratic governments.
- Rush – Anthem – YouTube – “Well I know they’ve always to you selfishness was wrong, yes it was for me, not you, I came to write this song!”. Don’t much closer to a Randian derived song.
- Rush – Freewill – YouTube w/lyrics – “I will choose a path that’s clear, I will choose Free Will!” and “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice!”. A song to live by!
- Rush – Red Barchetta – YouTube w/lyrics – Pure freedom best sums up this classic song.
- Rush – The Trees – YouTube – “by hatchet, axe and saw”, don’t get much obvious reference to abuse of government power.
- Rush – Tom Sawyer – YouTube w/lyrics – “Though his mind is not for rent”. One of the greatest lines in any song ever!
- Rush – Twilight Zone – YouTube – A tribute to the classic TV show that helped open the minds of many viewers.
- Sammy Hagar – I Can’t Drive 55 – YouTube – A song from the failed attempt to curb gas consumption by the federal government.
- Sonny Rhodes – The Ballad of Serenity – YouTube – “I don’t care, I’m still free, You can’t take the sky from me”. This song is actually the intro of the great (yet short-lived) SciFi/western TV series.
- Steppenwolf – Monster – YouTube – I completely forgot about this song until The Circle Bastiat blog posted about it. It is a song that seems more relevant each year.
- Steve Earle – Copperhead Road – YouTube – ” Well the DEAs got a chopper in the air, I wake up screaming like I’m back over there”. The comparison of alcohol and drug prohibition in this song is dead on.
- Steve Lee – I’ll Give Up My Gun – YouTube – “I’ll give up my gun.. when politicians don’t lie!” Actually some good messages in this song if people listen.
- Tatiana Moroz feat. Will Hensley – Love at the End of the World – YouTube – “This is about a country.. and a love..”.. Such a beautiful song that I’ll let it speak for itself.
- Tatiana Moroz – Make a YouTube Video – YouTube – “We don’t want this police state, we just want love and liberty”.
- Tatiana Moroz – Masters of War (Dylan cover) – YouTube – “you play with the my word, like its your little toy”. This is the most beautifully haunting cover I think I’ve every heard.
- Ten Years After – I’d Love to Change the World – YouTube w/lyrics – “I’d love to change the world, But I don’t know what to do, So I’ll leave it up to you.” The verses in this song seem to look at the confusing contradictions between the left and the right. The whole left/right situation has made them not care about politics or the outcome.
- Terry Jacks – Seasons in the Sun – YouTube – This one I don’t really see as a libertarian song per say. However I often play this instead of my libertarian song of the day when I am paying respect to someone who died.
- Tim Hawkins – The Government Can – YouTube – “Who can take your money, with a twinkle in their eye…. the government can”. Cannot forget to include comedians in this list of songs!
- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Refugee – YouTube – “Everybody’s had to fight to be free” – This song is a perfect analogy for citizens being victim of government.
- Tommy James & The Shondells – Sweet Cherry Wine – YouTube – “And the old masquerade is a no soul parade”. That’s always been my favorite line to this classic anti-war song.
- Triumph – Fight the Fight – YouTube – Just one helluva good classic song that sums up the libertarian spirit.
- Twisted Sister – Lookin’ Out for Number One – YouTube – “Well, now i think that i’ll go my own way, I’ve got my own point of view”. How can you not love a song that celebrates individualism and frakking rocks!
- Twisted Sister – We’re not gonna take it – YouTube – This song just screams freedom!
- Warrant – Ode to Tipper Gore – YouTube – “I wanna hear all of you scream the hair off your nuts”. This one really isn’t a song, but I can think of no better son to say Fuck You to Tipper Gore. For those who weren’t around in the 80’s Google “Tipper Gore PMRC Censorship”.
- Warren Zevon – Frank and Jesse James – YouTube – “And as outlaws they did ride, They rode against the railroads, And they rode against the banks, And they rode against the governor.” Great songs about the James brothers struggles. The James brothers ended up being symbols of liberty, all because they ended up on the losing side of a war…
- Waylon Jennings – Outlaw Shit – YouTube – “What started out to be a joke, the law don’t understand.” The law has no common sense in the failed drug war. It is still hard to believe country legends like Waylon were hassled by the feds.
- White Wizzard – Live Free or Die – YouTube – “Free to be who you want to be”. Just a great metal song centered around liberty!
- Whitesnake – Walking In The Shadow of the Blues – YouTube w/lyrics – “‘Cause I love the life I live, I’m gonna live the life I choose.” I’ve always seen this classic song as having a libertarian bend.
- The Who – Going Mobile – YouTube – This classic some from The Who is about pure freedom! And it also includes this great line: “Watch the police and the taxman miss me!”.
- The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again – YouTube (Live in Texas ’75) – “Then I’ll get on my knees and pray, we don’t get fooled again”. The lyrics in this speak of political revolution.