May Day is Saturday, the international worker's day. It's a holiday remembering the murder of protesters in Chicago in 1886 who were on strike for the 8 hour work day, but has grown to be a day for calling out against systems of oppression, and particularly war and capitalism.
It's celebrated almost everywhere around the world, although notably not here in the United States where the murders took place.
May Day is also an important pagan holiday (more widely known as Beltane).
Since May Day has a pretty broad focus, the songs here are a bit of a random sampling of some of my favorite protest tunes - what are your faves?
The Most Dangerous Woman - Ani DiFranco/Utah Phillips
London Calling - The Clash
Mississippi Goddam - Nina Simone
Homophobia - Chumbawamba
Strange Fruit - Billie Holiday
Army Dreamers - Kate Bush
Underdogs - The Coup
What If We All Stopped Paying - Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Combat Rock - Sleater-Kinney
Give The Anarchist A Cigarette - Chumbawamba