Sunday, September 4, 2016

8 Great Songs for Labour Day! Featuring Billy Bragg, Bruce Springsteen & more

Happy Labour Day!

Whatever way you will be celebrating it (perhaps at a march or rally) here is a playlist of eight great union/worker's songs to help to put you in the mood of the day!

Deportees - Paddy Reilly

Solidarity with immigrants everywhere. Borders were created simply to divide the world's people. They are the arbitrary instruments of violence, nationalism and oppression.

When you hear a politician talking the racist and anti-immigrant talk, remember this Woody Guthrie classic. This version shows the internationalism of its message sung by an Irish folk singer.

Talking Union - Pete Seeger (1941)

"If you wait for the bosses to raise your pay you will all be waiting for the Judgement Day"

We Rise Again - Anne Murray, Rita MacNeil & the Rankin Family

We will always rise again. No matter the odds. We will rise again.


Joe Hill - Bruce Springsteen

Joe Hill. American hero. Here The Boss does him justice.

Which Side Are You On? - Dropkick Murphys 

A great version of a union classic. Which side are you on? Because if you are voting for do-nothing "progressive" politicians or are celebrating Justin Trudeau or Hillary Clinton those lines may have become blurred in your mind.

Bread & Roses - Queen Cee

A stunning version of one of the great cries for justice and freedom ever sung or written.

Solidarity Forever - Utah Phillips

A moving rendition of the great classic. Solidarity Forever! The Union Makes Us Strong!

There is Power in a Union - Billy Bragg

Bragg's classic union anthem.


And a final song...we shall overcome, someday. Deep in my heart I do believe this and I hope you do too.


Solidarity Forever!

Workers of the World Unite!

See also: 5 Great Songs for International Workers' Day! Featuring Paul Robeson, Billy Bragg, The Red Army Choir & more

See also: 10 Best Songs of 2016...So Far!


  1. The best Which side ar you on is by Rebel Diaz. You have all white people here. That's not very "Solidarity Forever, brothers and sisters."