Thursday’s Top 5: Difference Makers

images1Thursday, as I am sure you know, has become a day of lists. Top 5’s really. Scott Mullins and I get together on an idea and we come up with a list of artists who exemplify the idea and then present it to you as the shifts change at 2pm. Whether it be about artists that need to get back to their sonic roots or artists who we’d hate to meet in a dark alley, we have your Top 5. Granted, it’s just the opinion of  two self described “music heads,” but it’s always interesting…

Which brings me to the topic of today’s Top 5– “Difference Makers.” Or, in other words, artists/songs that made a difference, affected a change or reflected the society that was moving with it. And with MLK Day soon upon us on Monday and Obama’s inauguration not far away, we thought it a perfect time to talk about our favorite protest songs.

And though it would be quite easy to give y’all some of the “classic” protest hits– some Pete Seeger, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan or Curtis Mayfield would be perfect though Scott and I dug a bit deeper. Our Top 5 lists reflects on some lesser-known classics as well as some dusty gems that hit the spot just as well…

#5 “Streets Of Philadelphia” Bruce Springsteen

“You Can’t Fool Me Again” Peter Tosh

#4 “Bonzo Goes To Bitburg” The Ramones

“Another Brick In The Wall” Pink Floyd

#3 “Time Has Come Today” The Chambers Brothers

“Take This Job And Shove It” Johnny Paycheck

#2 “Harlan Man” Steve Earle

“Headless Heroes” Eugene McDaniels

#1 “We Can’t Make It Here Anymore” James McMurtry

“Strange Fruit” Nina Simone

Here are some links to our iMixes if you want to make any of these songs a part of your protest music collection: Scott’s iMix & Marcus’ iMix

Hit us up with your Top 5…


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