13 musicians who ran for political office

The November 5th (2022) midterm elections are close. Among all the hype and negative ads flooding your TV and social media, it’s possible you have a musician performing in your city or state, hoping to make a difference.

Musicians have a long history of being involved in politics, mostly by speaking out on issues they are passionate about or supporting candidates they believe in. Rage against the machine and System of a Down come to mind as two of the most political bands out there. And even if musicians themselves are not overtly political, they are sometimes thrown into the sphere due to politicians use their songs (often without permission) in their campaigns.

And then there is the artist who chooses to engage directly and stand up. Some of them do it to change the lives of people around them, and others just run as gage to protest the insanity of the entire election process. Some end up winning and have even reached a high level of government in their countries and continue to serve today.

Before you cast your votes, check out these musicians who ran below.

Musicians who ran for political office

These rockers didn’t just make music, but also wanted to make a difference in the world.

20 artists who told politicians to stop using their music

Politicians consistently use songs by bands without their permission, and these artists had enough of it.

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