Top Ten Greatest War Songs

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1One - 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

One. Now the world is gone, I'm just One (in my opinion, refers to dying, the fact that you are all alONE when you die, if your life was seized on the battlefield.) My second all time favourite song.

This song basically explain why soldiers come home from war with psychological scars.

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

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2Civil War - Guns N Roses

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

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

What we've got here is... Failure to communicate. Some man U just can't reach...

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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

I'm so glad this song is on here. As someone with many family members as veterans or are currently serving, I can't properly put into words how much this song speaks to me. And I can't begin to imagine how it does to people serving in the military...awesome 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.

One of the few songs nowadays that actually tells a story, and it tells it well!

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4For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica

A song about 5 soldiers defending a hill against an oozing army during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and based on a book of the same name written by Ernest Hemingway, it basically gives you a first person perspective of warfare. The intro, which is over 2 minutes long, is also badass.

I was stationed to a destroyer when 911 happened. When they let us go home for an hour to get our gear for immediate deployment a radio station play this song 3 times in a row. Listening to this song there were no cars, only military jets circling the area.

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

5Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin

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

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6Iron Maiden - The Trooper

Not only the greatest war song, but easily in the top 10 greatest song ever as well.

Song about the failed Charge of the Light Brigade in the Battle of Balaclava (1854).

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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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8War 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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9Zombie - 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 beautiful song, not too loud or too soft and the singer has a killer voice, not to forget the true message of this greatly misunderstood song

Very good song...
Misunderstood and misinterpreted by many people
But a song against all wars in general and against the pain of the innocent!

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10Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2

It's about Bloody Sunday 1917 in Russia when non-violent protesters were shot down

Great and very expressive songs detailing the horrific affects of war

Talks about violence in Ireland, actually, also known as The Troubles.

The Newcomers

?Clenching the Fists of Dissent - Machine Head

Under-rated song by an under-rated band

The Contenders

11The Longest Day - Iron Maiden
12Warriors of the World United - Manowar
13M.I.A. - Avenged Sevenfold

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

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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

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16Blood of Heroes - Megadeth
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

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