Peter Rothberg, writing for The Nation blog, undertook “the impossible task of naming the best songs ever written about working people.” Here’s his choices: http://billmoyers.com/2015/09/04/top-10-labor-day-songs/
What’s your favorite?
1. Pete Seeger’s Solidarity Forever
2. Sweet Honey in the Rock’s More Than A Paycheck
3. The Clash with Career Opportunities
4. Tennessee Ernie Ford with Sixteen Tons
5, Judy Collins’ Bread and Roses
6. Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5
7. Woody Guthrie’s Union Burying Ground
8. Phil Ochs’ The Ballad of Joe Hill
9. Hazel Dickens’ Fire in the Hole
10. Gil Scott-Heron’s Three Miles Down
OR Bonus Track: The Kinks with Get Back in Line
I’m going with Seeger, The Clash, Guthrie, Ochs and Dickens.
Elizabeth Taylor as the Industrial Workers of the World, the Wobblies? Listen to the intro of Phil Ochs’ The Ballad of Joe Hill.