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Jan 20

Resistance

For many of us, today is a pretty depressing and dark day. Tomorrow, millions of women and men will march in protest and for equality. Millions will raise their voices and speak out against oppression and hatred. All day I’ve had a set of songs running circles in my head–songs of resistance, of change, and of love. I’ll be tweeting about them all day but for those who want to just jump into the music, I’ve created a playlist on YouTube called Fight the Power.

We’re talking everything from Billy Joel to Bob Marley and The White Stripes (“Why don’t you kick yourself out? You’re an immigrant too!”). Lots of eras of music.  You can also see the list of songs below the video in no particular order.

The playlist, which will auto-play through all 52 songs, is HERE, or you can hit play in the video below and stream the entire list without leaving my site.

1. For What It’s Worth — Buffalo Springfield

2. Fight the Power — Public Enemy

3. My City was Gone — The Pretenders

4. Icky Thump — The White Stripes

5. We Didn’t Start the Fire — Billy Joel

6. Blowin’ in the Wind — Bob Dylan

7. Sunday Bloody Sunday — U2

8. Aenemia — Tool

9. London Calling — The Clash

10. The End is the Beginning is the End — Smashing Pumpkins

11. What’s Goin’ On — Marvin Gaye

12. Beds are Burning — Midnight Oil

13. Fortunate Son — Creedence Clearwater Revival

14. I’m Afraid of Americans — Trent Reznor and David Bowie

15. Pancake — Tori Amos

16. Rise Above — Black Flag

17. It’s the End of the World — R.E.M.

18. Apocalypse Please — Muse

19. Here Comes the Flood — Peter Gabriel

20. Killing in the Name — Rage Against the Machine

21. Earth Died Screaming — Tom Waits

22. Gimme Shelter — The Rolling Stones

23. 99 Luftballoons — Nena

24. Strange Fruit — Billie Holiday

25. Black Hole Sun — Soundgarden

26. All Along the Watchtower — Cover by Jimi Hendrix

27. Blackstar — David Bowie

28. American Idiot — Greenday

29. Mercy, Mercy Me — Marvin Gaye

30. Red Skies — The Fixx

31. Well Thought Out Twinkles — Silversun Pickups

32. We Will Become Silhouettes — The Postal Service

33. Gimme Some Truth — John Lennon

34. Respect — Aretha Franklin

35. Born in the U.S.A. — Bruce Springsteen

36. Pink Houses — John Mellencamp

37. War — Bob Marley and the Wailers

38. Hallelujah Money — Gorillaz

39. The Arsonist — Puscifer

40. Same Love — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Mary Lambert)

41. One Love — Bob Marley

42. One Day — Matisyahu

43. A Change is Gonna Come — Sam Cooke

44. Imagine — A Perfect Circle (Cover)

45. Mississippi Goddam — Nina Simone

46. Brown Girl — Aaradhna

47. Down Rodeo — Rage Against the Machine

48. Free Your Mind — En Vogue

49. Your Racist Friend — They Might Be Giants

50. U.N.I.T.Y. — Queen Latifah

51. W. M. A. — Pearl Jam

52. I Will Survive — Gloria Gaynor

About the author

Raven Oak

Bestselling science fiction & fantasy author Raven Oak is best known for Amaskan’s Blood, Class-M Exile, and the collection Joy to the Worlds: Mysterious Speculative Fiction for the Holidays.

She spent most of her K-12 education doodling stories and 500 page monstrosities that are forever locked away in a filing cabinet. When she's not writing, she's getting her game on, enjoying cartography, or staring at the ocean.

She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband, and their three kitties who enjoy lounging across the keyboard when writing deadlines approach.

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