A look at Margaret Thatcher's impact on British music

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

In the history of popular music, there probably has never been a politician more reviled in song, than Margaret Thatcher.

A controversial head of state, British music loved to hate the Conservative leader, who helped shape the soundtrack to the late 70s, 1980s, and beyond.

Artists were singling out Thatcher before she entered Number Ten, as Linton Kwesi Johnson sang "Maggi Tatcha on di go wid a racist show," in the 1978 single It Dread Inna Inglan.

One year into office and ska revivalists The Beat were singing Stand Down Margaret.

Musical responses to Thatcher's politics came in many forms, during the early 1980s recession and the Falklands war, much of the anti-Thatcher lyrics focused on disillusioned Britain.

The Specials sang about civil unrest and urban decay in Ghost Town after witnessing an old women trying to make ends meet by selling household possessions on the streets of Glasgow.

Robert Wyatt's Shipbuilding discussed the contradiction of the Falklands war: bringing prosperity to traditional shipbuilding areas, yet at the same time sending young men off to fight, who could potentially lose their lives on those same ships.

Character assassinations of the former Prime Minister came from Crass's response to the Falklands in How Does It Feel to Be the Mother of 1,000 Dead, a statement quoted to the lady herself at Prime Minister's Question Time.

And Billy Bragg attacked the Tory administration, from Between The Wars stating "I'll give my consent to any government, That does not deny a man a living wage".

Heaven 17's (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang made statements on the relationship between Thatcher and American President Ronald Reagan.

The song was banned by the BBC, thought to be down to concerns by Radio 1's legal department, that it libelled President Reagan.

In some cases, like that of The Smiths, whole careers were made from the underpinning of of their opposition to Thatcherite values, their most notable anti-Thatcher song Margaret on the Guillotine, released in 1988.

But not all British music was against Thatcher, tweeting about her death earlier today Geri Haliwell said: "Thinking of our 1st Lady of girl power, Margaret Thatcher, a green grocer's daughter who taught me any thing is possibleā€¦x"

Geri Haliwell has since deleted her tweet about Margaret Thatcher Credit: Twitter/@gerihaliwell

The Spice Girls' debut song Wannabe became the anthem for girl power in the 1990s, long after Thatcher was in office.

Halliwell removed the tweet after receiving a barrage of criticism.

Geri Halliwell deletes Thatcher tweet after backlash