Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Protest Songs of All Time

The greatest activist anthems from artists like Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Rage Against the Machine

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1. Bob Dylan, 'Masters of War'

The very week that Bob Dylan arrived in New York City, outgoing president Dwight Eisenhower warned the country about the dangers of the "military-industrial complex." His words were largely ignored, and just two years later the world was even closer to nuclear war. Meanwhile, the arms industry was making a fortune and spreading money all over Washington, D.C. The situation enraged Dylan, and he funneled this anger into the caustic "Masters of War." "I hope you die and your death will come soon," he wrote. "I'll follow your casket in the pale afternoon and I'll watch while you're lowered to your death bed and I'll stand over your grave 'til I'm sure that you're dead." It's hard to get much harsher than that.

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