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Tear Me Down: Five Songs About The Berlin Wall

Today is World Freedom Day! The holiday was declared in 2001 by George W. Bush to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall and just how awesome he felt Ronald Reagan was. It was 21 years ago today that East and West Berlin were reunited, and the Berlin Wall remains a source of musical inspiration even to this day. Here's our five favorite songs about the Berlin Wall.

5. "Tear Me Down," Hedwig and the Angry Inch

The wall between Communism and the freedom of the West plays an enormous role in John Cameron Mitchell's punk-rock opera. Born in East Berlin, Hedwig undergoes an botched sex change operation in order to marry an American G.I. and escape his oppressive community.

Now, neither fully woman nor man, Hedwig's music becomes centered around the lines that divide what was once fully whole. The heart-stopping opening number "Tear Me Down" sets the tone perfectly with a brief monologue in the bridge comparing Hedwig to the wall's fall.

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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