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Kesha shares 10 favorite songs about empowerment and equality

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Kesha performs on stage during the "Elton John: I'm Still Standing - A GRAMMY Salute" concert.

With her new track "Here Comes the Change," recorded for the forthcoming film "On the Basis of Sex" about a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Kesha is once again using her voice to rally for change.

"Music brings people together and can become a rallying cry for positive change," she told USA TODAY. 

To celebrate the new song, Kesha compiled a playlist to "pay homage to some of my favorite artists ... who have been brave enough to fight for love, equality and change in their music.”  

Bob Dylan, "Masters of War"

I can’t overstate the respect I have for Bob Dylan - sometimes it's hard to think that he’s actually a real live person who I have met and who has been kind to me personally. He’s a poet, activist, musician, and fighter for equality and peace through art.  

Neil Young, "Revolution Blues"

My mom used to play Neil Young when I was a child and his voice has always been in my mind as the epitome of an independent pure artist who isn’t afraid to stand up for what he believes in – a true music legend and one of my favorite artists of all time.

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T. Rex, "Children of the Revolution"

I think any generation can relate to feeling like they’re a child of the revolution and that's the beauty of continuing to push change and progress forward – the work is never done. 

Bob Marley, "Get Up, Stand Up"

I grew up traveling through rural Latin America as a child with my family and I didn't fully appreciate how important Bob Marley is until I saw how present his music was and is not only there but throughout the world. He’s such a voice of hope and strength, for peace and equality.  

 The Clash, "Know Your Rights"

The Clash is one of the most iconic political bands of all time and pioneers for how they developed the sound of punk rock. And I believe that everyone should know their rights. 

Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Fortunate Son"

This song reminds me of growing up in Tennessee, driving down some backwoods road to go find a rope swing on a river. It was only later that I really listened to the words and realized what a powerful anti-war anthem it is.  

John Lennon, "Imagine"

One of the greatest songs ever written. It's as beautiful as it is impactful.  

Sam Cooke, "A Change is Gonna Come"

This song will give you full body chills if you close your eyes and hear the passion and heart behind these beautiful lyrics. 

Kermit the Frog, "Rainbow Connection"

I mean, how could I not choose a song sung by a frog about rainbows and love and dreams? 

Marvin Gaye, "What's Going On"

Marvin Gaye wrote this song after his brother returned from Vietnam a changed man, and questioned all of the violence and hate that’s going on. You can hear the passion in his voice.