Donald Trump has been President for just over a month now, but it feels like a lifetime. Those in the resistance have devoted their time to taking actions to oppose the administration and their actions. Many have organized and/or attended multiple protests and rallies. They’ve spent hours writing emails, letters, and postcards to ensure their representative know how they feel. They’ve supported their community members who have been directly impacted by the administration’s policies.
All this activism is hard work, and it can take a lot out of you. When you’re exhausted from all the protests, your hand is cramping from writing so many postcards, and need a pick me, the right playlist is essential.
Since the election musicians of all genres have released music opposing Trump. Art is resistance and it inspires resistance. So, inspire your resistance with these awesome songs.
1. People Have the Power || case/lang/veirs
At the Women’s March in D.C. the female rock star super group of k.d. lang, Neko Case, and Laura Veirs covered Patti Smith’s “People Have the Power,” a classic protest anthem. The song reminds members of the resistance that though the government seems to be in control, the people have the power to oppose the government. If you’re feeling helpless or hopeless, crank this up and remember that your actions really do make a difference.
2. I’m With Her || Le Tigre
This band is no stranger to political resistance music. The founding lady is no other than Kathleen Hanna, the founder of the 90’s Riot Grrl movement. The Riot Grrls were female musicians, mostly punk musicians, who were committed to activism, feminism, and all around lady power. Le Tigre released their first song in over ten years during the campaign season, publicly giving their support to Hillary. It’s a bit heartbreaking to listen to such passionate support for HRC given the election results, but the song is an important reminder of the sexism the country faces right now and the importance of fighting back. Listen when you need to remember what you’re fighting for.
3. Erupt & Matter || Moby & The Void Pacific Choir
Moby serves up some serious techno beats that call out Trump’s dishonesty and call for his time to be over. The song also issues a directive to the people ‘erupt and matter.’ In other words: make a damn scene and prove that you matter. When you feel like your voice is too small to make a difference, blast this song and tell Trump to GTFO.
4. Troubled Times || Green Day
Green Day is also no newcomer to political protest music. Their album “American Idiot” was a scathing critique of the Bush administration, so it’s no surprise that they couldn’t stay silent in the Trump era. The song chronicles all the concerning events leading up to the election and the inauguration, continually reminding us that we live in troubled times. The song also reminds us that history repeats itself, so extra vigilance is required. This is a great song to sing along to while road tripping to your next protest.
5. I Give You Power || Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire gives us another reminder that the power doesn’t really lie with the government, it lies with the people. The song is simple, just the words “I give you power, I can take it away” repeated over and over layered with a sick beat. There are a few other phrases intermingled, but the repeated words give the song its power. Listen when you’re dreaming of the days the Resistance finally wins and kicks this administration out of the White House.
6. Demagogue || Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand minces no words. They call Trump out as what he is: a demagogue. The term was practically made for him ” a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power.” The song clearly lays out the immediate dangers posed by Trump and his views. He even slips in a tiny hands joke. Listen to this one as a reminder of the evil you’re fighting.
7. Locker Room Talk || Cold War Kids
This bluesy rock tune attacks Trump’s infamous “locker room talk” comments. The Cold War Kids condemn Trump’s language and pose the question if Trump knows the difference between the truth and a lie. The song came out before the election, which becomes obvious when the song wonders how Trump thinks he’ll get away with these comments. Listen to this song whenever someone says “he doesn’t mean what he says,” and remember that words matter, all the time.
8. My Enemy || Jimmy Eat World
This song takes a slightly different tack and explores the incessant paranoia that paralyzes Trump. It tells the story of the man who believes he is constantly surrounded by enemies, who cannot trust anyone around him, who’s too proud to take sorely needed advice. Certainly not enough to make anyone feel bad for Trump, but it is a chilling thought that a man with such a psyche is running our country. Listen to this song when you’re writing to your representatives and telling them how completely inept Trump is.
9. Million Dollar Loan || Deathcab for Cutie
This song sounds like a typical smooth Deathcab for Cutie tune, until you really listen to the lyrics. Then you realized the song is about the “small loan” Trump got from his father to start his first business. The song highlights the hypocrisy of Trump saying he represents ‘working class America’ when his first business was started with a million dollar loan from his father, which apparently he considers a small loan. Blast this tune when you’re frustrated by the income inequality that rules this country.
10. Not Going to Say Your Name || Entrance
This song is a direct response to all those people saying “Just give him a chance.” The resounding answer from Entrance and the Resistance? NO! The song makes it clear that we cannot wait and see how things work out. Trump has made it clear what he believes and it is dangerous. The song also makes the point that we should all stop playing in to his fame game, Yes, we need to talk about the policies he’s trying to enact, and yes we need to talk about his foreign relations screw ups, but we should stop playing in to his 24 hour news cycle obsession. Trump feeds off attention, positive or negative, so maybe we should pull a Voldemort and stop saying his name. Henceforth, I shall only refer to his as The Cheeto. Listen when you just can’t deal anymore.
The Resistance is important. It is vital. The Resistance is the only way we’ll bring down Cheeto. When you need that reminder, blast this mix loud and sing along.
Because we love you, we compiled all your new favorite songs in one playlist. Enjoy!
- caselangveirs - People Have The Power case/lang/veirs 4:34
- Le Tigre- I'm With Her Le Tigre 4:39
- Moby & The Void Pacific Choir - Erupt + Matter Moby & The Void Pacific Choir 4:09
- Green Day - Troubled Times Green Day 3:08
- I Give You Power - Arcade Fire Arcade Fire 3:43
- Franz Ferdinand - Demagogue Franz Ferdinand 2:35
- Cold War Kids - Locker Room Talk 3:27
- Jimmy Eat World -- My Enemy Jimmy Eat World 3:35
- Death Cab For Cutie -Million Dollar Loan Death Cab For Cutie 4:33
- ENTRANCE - Not Gonna Say Your Name (Benefit Track for Planned Parenthood) 4:00