For many musicians, music is just something you do to make money. But for others, it's a way for them to pass on their message. It's a way to change the world for the better. While you may not agree with their message, or their politics, it's hard not to respect someone willing to put themselves under fire to try to make a change in the world. Some musicians have been more successful at it than others, but all of them have inspirational stories to tell. Let's take a look at the 5 most inspiring musicians for global change.

Tom-Morello-Rage-Against-MachineTom Morello, Rage Against The Machine

As the guitarist of the politically focused Rage Against The Machine, it should be no surprise that Tom Morello would have strong views about the way the world should be. Morello's participation in protests and rallies as recently as the Occupy Wall Street movement seem fitting, with Rage Against The Machine's songs mainly focusing on politics and social activism. Clearly not afraid to voice his opinions, Morello has openly criticized everything from America's foreign policy to individual politicians - letting them know that they're "The machine we've been raging against for the past two decades".

Sting-The-PoliceSting, The Police

Best known as the lead singer of The Police, Sting has supported all manner of causes. He's taken part in Amnesty International's Human Rights concerts, supported sending aid relief to Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake in 2010. He's most commonly known for supporting the preservation of rainforests, even going so far as to start the "Rainforest Foundation Fund," a charity foundation deciated to protecting the rainforests of the world, and the native people who live within them. Performing at dozens of different benefit concerts across the planet, it's no surprise that Sting is a believer in the ability of music to heal the world.

Serj-Tankian-System-of-a-DownSerj Tankian, System of a Down

No discussion on changing the world would be complete without Serj Tankian, the frontman for System Of A Down. Not afraid of a little controversy, Serj criticized - both with his lyrics and in interviews - America's war on terror, with songs such as 'B.Y.O.B' and 'Soldier Side' blatantly stating his political stance; Anti-War, and Pro-Peace. After leaving System Of A Down and going solo Serj has kept up his message of social justice, attending rallies and protests, and advocating for human rights.

Bono-U2Bono, U2

Whether you're a fan of U2 or not, it can't be argued that their frontman and vocalist Bono has had a major impact in changing the world for the better. The founder of not one, not two, but four organizations dedicated to aiding Africa economically and providing treatment for the AIDS epidemic that affects it - not to mention numerous charity concerts and benefit shows - Bono has used his music and his fame to bring change to places we might otherwise ignore.

John-Lennon-BeatlesJohn Lennon, The Beatles

With his message of peace and love, John Lennon is easily the most influential musician of all time. A major detractor of the Vietnam War, Lennon's song "Give Peace a Chance" and its message resonated with protestors, and was commonly sung by crowds of protestors at rallies to end the war. Even to this day, it's one of the most well-known anti-war anthems, sung at protests across the world. Not stopping there, he participated in numerous charity events, performed benefit concerts, and supported dozens of different charities with his wealth over the years.

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