Top 10 Songs To Play On Election Day

Election DayUnless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks you will no doubt know that we are currently in the middle of a general election here in good old Blighty. So, in true DrunkenWerewolf style, instead of debating the real issues and party policies we've decided to put together a playlist to soundtrack Cameron’s lies, Miliband’s whines and Farage’s outright Bigotry.

Here’s our 10 Songs to Play on Election Day.

1// Morrissey - Margaret On The Guillotine


[Ignoring previously made idiotic comments about UKIP. Don't vote for them please. - Editor]

We kick off our list with an obvious one. Morrissey has always made his views on the late Baroness Thatcher and her parliament clear, but never more so than on this 1988 track lifted from debut solo album Viva Hate. Directly asking the then Prime Minister, "When will you die?", the Iron Lady was widely loathed by the working classes due to her extreme austerity measures and privatising of the public sector. Hmm, sounds scarily like another Tory PM, doesn’t it?

2// Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A-Changing


Would any list of politically charged anthems ever be complete without a contribution from Mr. Zimmerman? This song has entered pop culture whenever talk of politics arises, but for good reasons. Bob Dylan perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the 60s, writing a song that will be played around election time around the world for years to come.

3// Babyshambles - Fuck Forever


Love him or loathe him, the nation's favourite moon faced junkie hits the nail on the head regards the current political climate in this slacker anthem. Doherty yelps, "New Labour and Tory, it’s one and the same but it’s not supposed to be same," before likening the decision of choosing between the two as being in purgatory. We know how you feel, Pete.

4// The Beatles - Revolution


John Lennon’s attempt to advocate peaceful protest comes out in full force on this late Beatles track. Seen as his first leap into the world of political/protest songwriting that would later become to define his solo output, Lennon discusses how, "We all want to change the world" but before we can do that we have to, "Free our minds" first. Far out.

5// The Jam - Eton Rifles


Paul Weller’s classic ode to class war is an election day must. In 2008 David Cameron, an old Etonian himself, revealed that the song was one of his all time favourites, provoking Weller to respond with, "Which part of it didn't he get? It wasn't intended as a jolly drinking song for the cadet corps." Indeed.

6// Ian Brown - F.E.A.R.


Ian Brown is one of the most under rated lyricists of his generation. In "F.E.A.R." The Stone Roses front man forwards his own brand of social commentary, including the lines, "Fallen empires are ruling" and, "Free expression as revolution." The twist? The starting letter of each word in every four-word line spell out the word fear. Genius stuff. As the election unfolds do you have the fear?

7// Rage Against The Machine - Know Your Enemy 


In all honesty we could have chosen any track from this zeitgeist defining debut album. In the end we plumped for "Know Your Enemy", but it could have easily been "Wake Up", "Take The Power Back" and of course "Killing In The Name". Play it now and play it loud.

8// Manic Street Preachers - If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next


The Manics are the quintessential political band. In this, one of their most well known numbers, the Welsh group postulate on alternatives to the current political system, concluding that we can do so much better. A bittersweet election day listen.

9// The La’s - Freedom Song


Initially released back in 1991 shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the USSR, Lee Maver’s tale of freedom, or want of a better description lack of it, resonates as much now as it ever has. Mavers’ talk of how, "Fate is sealed inside a bomb" and how, "The world seems bent upon" in light of current political issues such as Trident and the escalating situation in Ukraine seem as eerily true today as it did twenty-five years ago.

10// The Rolling Stones - Street Fighting Man


Okay, so it’s the Doomsday scenario. The worst has happened. The Tories have retained power propped up by UKIP and Farage as his deputy PM. What do we do? We turn up "Street Fighting Man" to 11 and take to the streets, of course.

Think you can do better? Tell us your perfect Election Day soundtrack in the comments!


6 Responses to “Top 10 Songs To Play On Election Day”

  1. Jim 06/11/2016 at 4:07 pm #

    For me this year it’ll be It’s The End Of The World by REM.

    • Tiffany Daniels 07/11/2016 at 12:17 pm #

      Definitely apt!

  2. Nicholas Anzivino 07/11/2016 at 10:24 pm #

    Urge Overkill-The Candidate

  3. Joe Jenkins 07/06/2017 at 3:56 pm #

    Surprised you missed out Elected (Alice Cooper)


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