During her time in Downing Street, some of Lady Thatcher's sternest critics were to be found not in Parliament but on the radio.
She inspired outrage and often out-right hatred in a generation of musicians.
Punk band Crass released How Does It Feel To Be The Mother Of A Thousand Dead? in 1982 - a direct attack on the waging of the Falklands War.
It led to questions being asked in the House of Commons and one MP suggested the band be prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act.
The war also prompted less direct criticism from Elvis Costello who wrote and recorded the haunting Shipbuilding which became a Top 40 hit after it was covered by Robert Wyatt in 1983.
The song, written from the point of view of an out-of-work shipbuilder, measured his desire to return to work against the lives lost as a result of building warships.
Costello's 1989 album Spike made his criticism of Lady Thatcher more explicit in the track Tramp the Dirt Down which included the lines "when they finally put you in the ground I'll stand on your grave and tramp the dirt down".
Other chart critics included The Beat who released Stand Down Margaret as a single in 1980, while Morrissey's 1988 solo debut Viva Hate ended with a controversial track called Margaret on the Guillotine which described her death as a "wonderful dream".
The high tide of pop music's opposition to the Thatcher government came in the run-up to the 1987 election when left-wing singer-songwriter Billy Bragg brought together acts including The Style Council and The Communards as Red Wedge.
They toured the country in a bid to encourage their fans to vote Labour but to no avail as Mrs Thatcher was swept back into Number 10.
We've put together our Top 10 of the best anti-Thatcher songs. Unsurprisingly, they're all from the 1980s.
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The Beat: Stand Down, Margaret
Dave Wakeling of The Beat told songfacts.com: "[Mrs Thatcher] fell head over heels with her teenage heartthrob, Ronald Reagan, and went about trying to dismantle any sense of social unity that England had: breaking the unions, letting people go out on strike and starve. And in a very few short years she managed to turn people in England from neighbors to competitors."
The Style Council: Shout To The Top
Paul Weller's "glorious celebration of worker solidarity" set to a soul soundtrack was part of The Style Council's rejection of the Tories in the 1980s. Weller recalls: "Thatcher got into power in 1979, and from the Falklands war onwards, that was her wielding her power, the trade unions were being worn down, we had the miners strike, there was mass unemployment... You couldn’t sit on the fence. It was very black and white then. Thatcher was a tyrant, a dictator.” (paulweller.com)
Robert Wyatt: Shipbuilding
Written by Elvis Costello and Clive Langer, Robert Wyatt made ths tune famous with his powerful, poignant version. The song examines the contradiction between declining shipbuilding areas being revived by the need to replace ships lost during the Falklands Conflict, whilst at the same time sending the men of these areas to fight and possibly die in those same ships.
Morrissey: Margaret On The Guillotine
The former Smiths singer has had some pretty strong things to say about Mrs Thatcher over the years, including this after the failed assassination attempt by the IRA in Brighton in 1984: "The sorrow of the IRA Brighton bombing is that Thatcher escaped unscathed." (rolling stone.com)
Billy Bragg: Which Side Are You On?
Billy Bragg could have his own top 10 of anti-Thatcher songs but perhaps this one best sums up his early career and the early Thatcher years. Written in 1931 by Florence Reece, the wife of a union organiser, Bragg added his own lyrics to reflect the deepening dispute between the Conservative government and theeunions.
New Model Army: Spirit Of The Falklands
Still a fixture on the British music scene, New Model Army were one of many 1980s bands to voice opposition to Mrs Thatcher's Conservative administration. Their anger at the Falklands Conflict is clear: "There's dead men in the South Atlantic, Doesn't it warm your heart, To think that they died for you and me, Oh god, what a farce."
Spitting Image: The Go Now Song
Spittign Image never held back with their satire and Mrs T was very much in charge during the programme's heyday. This track sees her Cabinet, led by Michael Heseltine, helping her on her way out of office.
Simply Red: She'll Have To Go
Not averse to drawing criticism himself, lead singer Mick Hucknall has long been a critic of the former Tory leader. Here is one of his tracks inspired by his dislike of Mrs Thatcher, set to some unistakeable upbeat light, fluffy 80s tune which reflects the contradicitons of the time.
One of the leading lights in the Red Wedge movement, Communards were unwaveringly anti-Tory. Reprise was a haunting vocal track backed by piano and cello that Jimmy Somerville and Richard Coles dedicated to Mrs Thatcher.
Hefner: The Day That Thatcher Dies
We will laugh the day that Thatcher dies, Even though we know it's not right, We will dance and sing all night. I was blind in 1979, by '82 I had clues, By 1986 I was mad as hell.