Top Ten Greatest War Songs


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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.
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2War Pigs - Black Sabbath
Why isn't this #1? This is by far the best anti-war song EVER
Get lost raters it should number 1

3Disposable 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
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4One - 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.
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5The Longest Day - Iron Maiden Listen to sample

6Rooster - 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.
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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7Blood of Heroes - Megadeth Listen to sample

8Zombie - 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!
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 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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9Gears of War - Megadeth Listen to sample

10Sunday 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.
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The Contenders

11Rise 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
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12Through 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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13Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin
Epic Song about vikings going to war... Can't get much more awesome than that
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14For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica Listen to sample

15Civil War - Guns N Roses
This song is so boss. The first time I listened to it I was changed.
My favorite song ever written
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16Never Walk Alone...A Call to Arms - Megadeth Listen to sample

17Last Man Standing - Hammerfall Listen to sample

18The Mercenary - Iron Maiden

19Mama - 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.


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20The 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!


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21Warriors of the World United - Manowar

22M.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...
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23Jimi Hendrix - Machine Gun Listen to sample

24Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen Listen to sample

25Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Ok.. This should be at least at top3.
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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.


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27Big Business - Sidney Duane Helmer
Go out and buy this song and think about being a grunt.
THEN think about War Profiteers.
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28In The Army Now - Status Quo
One of the most underrated songs of all time!
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29Glory to the Brave - Hammerfall 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
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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!
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34The Pursuit of Vikings - Amon Amarth
one of my favorite metal songs
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35Brothers 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!
Okay really this is probably the greatest song about war ever written, if you haven't heard it do yourself a favor and give it a listen. This, Fortunate Son, and The Gunner's Dream should be in the top five at least.
This is the best.
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36This is War - 30 Seconds to Mars
Time to go to war
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37Castle of Glass - Linkin Park
This song touches the listener's heart.
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38Eyes of the Insane - Slayer Listen to sample

39Bad 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.
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40War Ensemble - Slayer Listen to sample

41Silent Wars - Arch Enemy Listen to sample

42Masters of War - Bob Dylan Listen to sample

43This War Is Ours - Escape the Fate Listen to sample

44Child In Time - Deep Purple Listen to sample

45Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story - Jedi Mind Tricks Listen to sample

46Gunslinger - Avenged Sevenfold Listen to sample

47Khe Sanh - Cold Chisel Listen to sample

48Crusader - Saxon Listen to sample

49Vinushka - Dir en grey Listen to sample

50Heeding the Call - Hammerfall Listen to sample

51War? - System of a Down Listen to sample

52Far From Home - Five Finger Death Punch Listen to sample

53A War You Cannot Win - All That Remains Listen to sample

54The Gunner's Dream - Pink Floyd Listen to sample

55A Warrior's Call - Volbeat Listen to sample

56This Is the War - Vader

57Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones Listen to sample

58Paint It Black - Rolling Stones Listen to sample

59Aces High - Iron Maiden Listen to sample

60Gods of War - Def Leppard
Really powerful, especially the quote by Reagan at the end

61Battle Metal - Turisas Listen to sample

62War Machine - KISS Listen to sample

63For 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.
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64Battlefield of Death - Wizard

65Hammerhead - The Offspring Listen to sample

66Devils & Dust - Bruce Springsteen Listen to sample

67Stop the Cavalry - Jona Lewie
Although its known as a Christmas song, it reflects the conditions of war very well in an entertaining way.
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68Red Army Blues - The Waterboys Listen to sample

69Remembrance Day - Mark Knopfler Listen to sample

70Hands Held High - Linkin Park Listen to sample

71The Ghost of You - My Chemical Romance Listen to sample

72Remembrance Day - Bryan Adams
Absolutely brilliant, the innocence of going to war the reality

73Europa - Globus Listen to sample

74Scream Aim Fire - Bullet for My Valentine Listen to sample

75The Art of War - Sabaton Listen to sample

76Hoshizora - L'Arc~en~Ciel
about innocent people during the war


Beautiful! Deserves more credit!
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