Best Songs About Historical Events

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A list for songs whose lyrics relate to any historical event.

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1We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel
2American Pie - Don McLean
3Post World War II Blues - Al Stewart
4Nostradamus - Al Stewart
5The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot
6Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones
7Hurricane - Bob Dylan
8Roads to Moscow - Al Stewart
9Viva la Vida - Coldplay

A theoretical Luis XVI in Bastille before his execution. - keyson

10All Those Years Ago - George Harrison

The Contenders

11Holiday in Cambodia - Dead Kennedys
12For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
13Miss Sarajevo - Passengers

This song by Passengers (U2 + Brian Eno) featuring Luciano Pavarotti is about the everyday life in a city at war. Bono produced a film based on Sarajevo's underground resistance movement, the film is a documentary by Bill Carter about a beauty pageant held in the midst of war-torn Sarajevo, Bosnia. Clips from the documentary contain striking imagery, such as a shot of beauty pageant contestants holding up a banner with the words "DON'T LET THEM KILL US" as seen on the single's artwork. The Siege of Sarajevo was the longest siege of a capital city in the history of modern warfare, lasting from April 1992 till February 1996. - Lotuscandy

14New York Mining Disaster; 1941 - The Bee Gees

In the event of something happening to me, there is something I would like you all to see. Have you seen my wife Mr. Jones? - keyson

"Do you know what it's like in the outside? " Love this song - it's almost like a movie. - Billyv

15Ohio - Neil Young

Never forget. Do the history classes in American schools teach or mention what happened? National Guard troops opened fire and killed four college students on the Kent State University campus during a protest against the war in Vietnam. Sad day for everyone in a country politically and generationally torn. - Billyv

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16Woodstock - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
17Rasputin - Boney M.
18Sniper - Harry Chapin
19Atlantis - Donovan
20Waterloo - Iced Earth
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Top Remixes

1. American Pie - Don McLean
2. Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones
3. Hurricane - Bob Dylan
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1. Post World War II Blues - Al Stewart
2. We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel
3. American Pie - Don McLean
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