A Pop Stand Playlist: Class Conflict

Noel Holston
2 min readMay 21, 2024

Songs about upward mobility, or the lack thereof

People put me down ’cause that’s the side of town I was born in. Photo by Noel Holston

Welcome to the poor — or po’, as it’s often sung — side of town.

It’s a theme that runs like a crippled creek through American popular music, especially in the rock ’n roll era but arguably all the way back to Stephen Foster, who implored hard times to loiter no more by his cabin door.

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