The song was ranked number 22 on NME magazine's list of the "Singles of the Year".
For most of their Innocence + Experience tour, the group U2 has used "People Have the Power" as their entry music. Patti Smith herself joined them to close their show with the song at London's O2 Arena on October 29th, 2015.
The song was used as intro music for the August 4, 2015 episode of The Opie & Jim Norton show. The song drew the ire of listeners, so two different covers were played to open the August 5 and August 6, 2015 shows