Top Ten Greatest War Songs


Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Iron Maiden - The Trooper
You'll take my life but I'll take yours too!
Not only the greatest war song, but easily in the top 10 greatest song ever as well.
Listen to sample

2Disposable Heroes - Metallica
This song is what got me into heavier metal than what I was already listening to, and it's pure awesome. Back inthe front is all I'm saying
Ibelieve the song is righteous
This song is so underrated. try playing on guitar hero so much fun
More comments about Disposable Heroes - MetallicaListen to sample

3War Pigs - Black Sabbath
Why isn't this #1? This is by far the best anti-war song EVER

4Rooster - Alice In Chains
The haunting voice of Layne Staley, the heavy guitar of Jerry Cantrell, the chilling melody of this song describe with accuracy (as well as shown in the clip) the daily horror of war (the Vietnam War in this case), and the consequences that it can have on the soldiers. Truly one of the best war songs - if not one of the best rock songs - of all time.


Man, that song gives me chills, Layne vocals on a war song are just perfect, this song is really underrated, should be a classic war song, too bad so few people now of Alice in Chains, way better than the other songs on top.
Alice in Chains is such an underrated band, ugh... So much better than Metallica, Iron Maiden and others... Just listen to this music and this voice. You can't argue about this. This is epic.
More comments about Rooster - Alice In ChainsListen to sample

5Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2
Great and very expressive songs detailing the horrific affects of war
Listen to sample

6Zombie - The Cranberries
Very good song...
Misunderstood and misinterpreted by many people
But a song against all wars in general and against the pain of the innocent!
Very Transcending one of the band's most impressive atributions I will also like to say that the singer sounds like shakira but oh well that's my opinion
One of the best songs to come out of the 90's, and one of the few to truly reflect the horrors of the conflict between Ireland and Great Britian starting in 1917,
Listen to sample

7Blood of Heroes - Megadeth Listen to sample

8Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce
This is a great song, and formidable in my family as the Crowner of the Most Epic Guitar Hero Player! So great, yet so impossible to play... ;-(
Listen to sample

9The Longest Day - Iron Maiden Listen to sample

10Gears of War - Megadeth Listen to sample

The Contenders

11Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin
Epic Song about vikings going to war... Can't get much more awesome than that
Listen to sample

12Never Walk Alone...A Call to Arms - Megadeth Listen to sample

13Last Man Standing - Hammerfall Listen to sample

14Rise Against - Hero of War
This song is incredible. Tim's vocals are impeccable, and the meaning blows my mind. Such an emotional song, with out whining. Veterans of wars (mostly nam) tend to break out crying when listening to this song.


Amazing song, completely beautiful. Describes what war really is, that it's not what people really think it is. Really makes you think, too. Best war song by far, and one of Rise Against's bests.
great song about the iraq and afghanistan war that really moves you because of Tim's amazing vocal perfomance. should be number 1
More comments about Rise Against - Hero of War

15One - Metallica
There is more to this song than meets the eye. The machine gun riffs represent machine guns, meaning the character is having vivid flashbacks of the war. The final solo represents morse code, being the only way to for anyone to help him. His vocals on "darkness imprisOning me... Left me with life in HELL" is very haunting and finally gives you a taste of the agony that he is in. This is without a doubt the greatest song ever made, hence the name "One. " Hero of war and the other metallica songs are still awesome and amazing, but nothing can compare.


great song... it is a really great song about war.


Why is this number 13? Seriously greatest war song wee period.
More comments about One - MetallicaListen to sample

16The Mercenary - Iron Maiden

17Civil War - Guns N Roses
My favorite song ever written
This song is so boss. The first time I listened to it I was changed.
Listen to sample

18Mama - My Chemical Romance
The greatest song from a soldiers perspective. Probably the best ever written! Listen to it and you'll agree that it deserves to be ranked higher.


Listen to sample

19Jimi Hendrix - Machine Gun Listen to sample

20Warriors of the World United - Manowar

21For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica Listen to sample

22Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen Listen to sample

23M.I.A. - Avenged Sevenfold
This song is just great... It has great riff and a 1.19 mins great solo... It deserves top 5 on the list... And everyone should check this song out...
Listen to sample

24The Day That Never Comes - Metallica

Awesome, I think it's actually better than One. This song took me by shock when I first heard it. If this was on... And Justice and One was on Death Magnetic I reckon they would swap places on the list.

One my my favourite metallica songs from the awesome album Death Magnetic, The video for this is just pure epic!, if you havnt heard it YOU SHOULD!


Listen to sample

25Glory to the Brave - Hammerfall Listen to sample

26Soldier Side - System of a Down

This is one of the only songs that clearly depicts the sadness of war. This song puts me on the verge of tears.


Listen to sample

27Big Business - Sidney Duane Helmer

Go out and buy this song and think about being a grunt.
THEN think about War Profiteers.

Listen to sample

28In The Army Now - Status Quo
One of the most underrated songs of all time!
Listen to sample

29Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Ok.. This should be at least at top3.
Listen to sample

30Territory - Sepultura Listen to sample

31War - Edwin Starr Listen to sample

32Goodnight Saigon - Billy Joel
If you know about the Vietnam War, then this song might make you cry.
Great song... And its pretty straaight forward eather than using symbologg
Listen to sample

33Indestructible - Disturbed
This song should be at the top of the list, and it wasn't even on it period! What a shame. "i'm an indestructable master of WAR! " come on it doesn't get any better than this...
This song deserves to at least be in the top 10 Evan the top 5. Such a shame people don't recognize great music!
Listen to sample

34The Pursuit of Vikings - Amon Amarth

one of my favorite metal songs

Listen to sample

35This is War - 30 Seconds to Mars
Time to go to war
Listen to sample

36Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits
41st?! What?! This is definitely the best!

Dire Straits rocks! And this song is one on their best songs! Truly describes the trials and tribulations of a soldier. Great guitar solo, too. Epic song, please vote for it!
Listen to sample

37Eyes of the Insane - Slayer Listen to sample

38Bad Company - Five Finger Death Punch
Love this song always got me pumped up when I cross the wire
This song is a very good song.
Listen to sample

39Castle of Glass - Linkin Park
This song touches the listener's heart.
Listen to sample

40Silent Wars - Arch Enemy Listen to sample

41This War Is Ours - Escape the Fate Listen to sample

42War Ensemble - Slayer Listen to sample

43Child In Time - Deep Purple Listen to sample

44Crusader - Saxon Listen to sample

45Vinushka - Dir en grey Listen to sample

46Heeding the Call - Hammerfall Listen to sample

47Masters of War - Bob Dylan Listen to sample

48War? - System of a Down Listen to sample

49Far From Home - Five Finger Death Punch Listen to sample

50A War You Cannot Win - All That Remains
I think it is awsomee
Listen to sample

51The Gunner's Dream - Pink Floyd Listen to sample

52A Warrior's Call - Volbeat Listen to sample

53This Is the War - Vader

54Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story - Jedi Mind Tricks Listen to sample

55Gunslinger - Avenged Sevenfold Listen to sample

56Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones Listen to sample

57Paint It Black - Rolling Stones Listen to sample

58Khe Sanh - Cold Chisel Listen to sample

59Battle Metal - Turisas Listen to sample

60War Machine - KISS Listen to sample

61For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield

"I think it's time we Stop children what's that sound? Everybody look what's going down" Great song about Vietnam.

Listen to sample

62Battlefield of Death - Wizard

63Hammerhead - The Offspring Listen to sample

64Devils & Dust - Bruce Springsteen Listen to sample

65Stop the Cavalry - Jona Lewie
Although its known as a Christmas song, it reflects the conditions of war very well in an entertaining way.
Listen to sample

66Red Army Blues - The Waterboys Listen to sample

67Remembrance Day - Mark Knopfler Listen to sample

68Hands Held High - Linkin Park Listen to sample

69Aces High - Iron Maiden Listen to sample

70The Ghost of You - My Chemical Romance Listen to sample

71Hoshizora - L'Arc~en~Ciel
about innocent people during the war


Beautiful! Deserves more credit!
Listen to sample

Comments About This List

Featured Lists
Popular Lists
New Lists

Top Remixes of This List



Posts About This List

List Info

This list was created 5 years, 252 days ago and has been voted on over 800 times. This top ten list has been remixed 2 times.

Updated Thursday, April 24, 2014

List Error Reporting

See an item on this list that's misspelled, duplicated, or doesn't belong? Let us know. Click here to report the error.