If you listen to the radio here in the Netherlands, you don’t hear music with a message, unless the DJ put it on by mistake. When I think of 20 to 50 years ago, I think of many songs with a message with mainstream success, from Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin'” in support of the civil rights movement, through “God Save The Queen” by the Sex Pistols against monarchy, to “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against the Machine against institutional racism.
There’s a lot going on nowadays too. There are many protest songs too, against the police actions in Ferguson, for peace in the middle east, against right-wing terrorists. After some digging I could find them. But none has made it to mainstream in the Netherlands. What’s the situation in your country? What modern protest songs do you know?