The greatest songs about being locked up

'Jailhouse Rock' by Elvis Presley -
Perhaps one of the most famous (and danceable) songs about being locked up, 'Jailhouse Rock' is a upbeat and really fun tune.

'Locked Up' by Akon -
Akon has actually done time behind bars, and this song is about his imprisonment. "'Cause I'm locked up (they won't let me out)."

'Murder Was the Case' by Snoop Dogg - This 1993 gangsta rap anthem, produced by Dr. Dre, mentions a trip to Chino, where the California Institution for Men is located.

'Jailbreak' by Thin Lizzy -
Yes, this classic tune by Irish rockers Thin Lizzy is about a jailbreak.

'Fish in the Jailhouse' by Tom Waits - This Tom Waits song introduced us to inmates Peoria Johnson and Dirty Ol' Joe, and their plan of escaping jail using a fishbone.

'You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison' by My Chemical Romance - We're not sure if the song is about emo kids, but the lyrics are pretty wild.

'Hurricane' by Bob Dylan -
This Dylan track is about the tragic life story of boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who was wrongly convicted of murder.

'Rusty Cage' by Soundgarden -
"I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run," sang Chris Cornell in 1991.

'Prison Song' by System of a Down - This song heavily criticizes the prison system and how the drug on wars failed.

'Mama Tried' by Merle Haggard -
This 1968 country song also deserves a place on the list. "And I turned 21 in prison, doing life without parole / No one could steer me right but mama tried."

'Ol' Red' by Blake Shelton -
This song tells the tale of an inmate who befriends a warden and his dog.

'18 and Life' by Skid Row -
'18 and Life' is a song about Ricky, a teenager who accidentally shot his friend and is convicted of murder.

'High Cost of Living' by Jamey Johnson - Johnson's country tune is about a recovering drug addict inmate regretting his past mistakes. 

'Billy Austin' by Steve Earle & The Dukes - Billy Austin is the narrator that tells his life story in this song, and how he ended up behind bars on death row.

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