5 Classic Rock Songs with Political Messages

"Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen:  Protest against Vietnam War, veterans' struggles in a seemingly patriotic anthem.

"The Times They Are A-Changin'" by Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan's protest against fascism and warmongering, advocating societal change and recognition.

"My Generation" by The Who:  A British rock anthem acknowledging a new generation's sovereignty, part of the '60s backlash.

"War" by Edwin Starr:  A clear anti-war message, with the chorus emphatically stating war is "absolutely nothing."

"Fortunate Son" by Creedence Clearwater Revival:  An anti-Vietnam War song fueled by anger and frustration, rejecting the idea of privileged senators' sons fighting.