Top Ten Greatest War Songs


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1Civil War - Guns N Roses

This song is so boss. The first time I listened to it I was changed.

My favorite song ever written

In my opinion the best war song, and also one of the best of all time! - Alpha101

2One - 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. - treyanthonyyeah

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

Love this song, but never realized that UT was about war. Learn something new every day. - Alpha101

Why is this number 13? Seriously greatest war song wee period.

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3Rise 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. - RiseAgainstSOT

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.

The only heroes of war are those that sacrificed for their fellow soldiers, don't ever compare this song to that. This song is meant for politics, not patriots. As is their most of their songs, do some research!

One of the best song's I have heard for a while. Completely sheds light on what war involves. definitely the best war song for me

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4War Pigs - Black Sabbath

Why isn't this #1? This is by far the best anti-war song EVER

Generals gathers in their masses!

Get lost raters it should number 1

Absolutely love this song! - Alpha101

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5Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin

Epic Song about vikings going to war... Can't get much more awesome than that

I love the intro to this song!
One of my favorites by Led Zeppelin - Ajkloth

6For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica

A radio station in Norfolk, VA area played this song over and over the day after Sept 11th.

7Rooster - 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. - Malaika

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.

The best war song especially Layne Staley with his voice and heavy guitar playing of Jerry Cantrell make a bone chilling song. So here comes the ROOSTER!

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8Iron 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.

9Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2

Great and very expressive songs detailing the horrific affects of war

Well, true to the album title, it depicts both lyrically and musically the horrors of waritme.

10Zombie - The Cranberries

Not about America? Not going to make it into the top 5. And I'm American. Sad that true artistry, including the music video for this song, are not recognized by youth today.

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

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The Newcomers

?Paschendale - Iron Maiden
?Otherwise Soldiers

Its would be on this list

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The Contenders

11The Longest Day - Iron Maiden
12Warriors of the World United - Manowar
13Blood of Heroes - Megadeth
14Khe Sanh - Cold Chisel
15Disposable 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

This song is so underrated. try playing on guitar hero so much fun

16M.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...

This is the best song ever written in anger to a war

17In The Army Now - Status Quo

One of the most underrated songs of all time!

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. - Keenan

19Glory to the Brave - Hammerfall
20Through 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... ;-(

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Top Remixes (6)

1. Rooster - Alice In Chains
2. Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2
3. Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce
1. Disposable Heroes - Metallica
2. Blood of Heroes - Megadeth
3. The Longest Day - Iron Maiden
1. One - Metallica
2. War Pigs - Black Sabbath
3. Iron Maiden - The Trooper

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