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The Times They Are a-Changin’ is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released in January 1964 by Columbia Records and just one example of Protest Song Power.

The album consists mostly of stark, sparsely-arranged ballads concerning issues such as racism, poverty, and social change. The title track is one of Dylan’s most famous; many felt that it captured the spirit of social and political upheaval that characterized the 1960s.

Though Dylan and other iconic folk and rock artists of the ’60s, such as The Beatles and Joan Baez, popularly protested in support of the social-change-to-come of the decade, protest songs are in no way limited to a single topic and era. In the ’90s, feminist D.I.Y. musician Kathleen Hanna led punk band Bikini Kill and the Riot Grrrl movement against the patriarchy. Soul spoken-word poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron’s single “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” as well as his record of the same name, honestly spoke of the racial divide in America in the ’70s.