Freegal Music Playlists – Protest/Folk Songs

In celebration of Idaho Human Rights/Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 19th, we’ve compiled a collection of some great protest songs – some contemporary, but a few reaching back over 150 years. Whether they concern themselves with the rights of workers, freedom of speech, or even the atomic bomb, they are all examples of songs that have been used to make a statement against the status quo. And some are quite catchy, too…

Remember, all of the music – 3 downloads each week – is free with your TFPL card. Just start from our homepage and then click on “Get E-Audio” to pull up the link for Freegal.


When Johnny Comes Marching Home by Ronnie Gilbert (Album: Songs of the Civil War)

Follow the Drinking Gourd by The Weavers (Album: The Weavers at Carnegie Hall)

Bread and Roses by Utah Phillips (Album: Making Speech Free)

Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday (Album: Freedom: Songs from the Heart of America)

This Land Is Your Land by Woody Guthrie (Album: The Best of Woody Guthrie)

Old Man Atom by Sons of the Pioneers (Album: RCA Country Legends)

We Shall Overcome by Pete Seeger (Album: The Essential Pete Seeger)

Oh, Freedom by Joan Baez (Album: How Sweet the Sound)

The Times They Are A-Changin’ by Bob Dylan (Album: The Essential Bob Dylan)

Not Ready to Make Nice by the Dixie Chicks (Album: Taking the Long Way)


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