Top Ten Greatest War Songs


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The Top Ten

One - 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.


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


2Iron 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.

3War 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
[Newest]Absolutely love this song!


4Civil 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!


5Rise 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
[Newest]This song told me who is the real Hero.

6Disposable 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

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.


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.
[Newest]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!

8Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin
Epic Song about vikings going to war... Can't get much more awesome than that

9The Longest Day - Iron Maiden

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

The Contenders

11For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica

12Sunday 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.

13Blood of Heroes - Megadeth

14Gears of War - Megadeth

15Warriors of the World United - Manowar

16Through 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... ;-(

17M.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

18Khe Sanh - Cold Chisel

19Last Man Standing - Hammerfall

20Mama - 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.



21Never Walk Alone...A Call to Arms - Megadeth

22In The Army Now - Status Quo
One of the most underrated songs of all time!

23The 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!


24The Mercenary - Iron Maiden

25Glory to the Brave - Hammerfall

26Jimi Hendrix - Machine Gun

27Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen

28Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival

29Soldier 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.


Young men standing on top of their own graves
Wondering when Jesus comes
Are they gonna be saved?


Welcome to the soldier side
Where theirs no one here but me


They were crying when their sons left
God is wearing black
He's gone so far to find our hope
He's never coming back
They were crying when their sons left
All young men must go!
They've gone so far to find the truth they're never coming home!

Are my favorite lyrics nk this song it's so tear shedding

30Big Business - Sidney Duane Helmer
Go out and buy this song and think about being a grunt.
THEN think about War Profiteers.

31Brothers 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.

32Territory - Sepultura

33Goodnight 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

34War - Edwin Starr

35Indestructible - 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!

36The Pursuit of Vikings - Amon Amarth
one of my favorite metal songs

37This is War - 30 Seconds to Mars
Time to go to war

38Castle of Glass - Linkin Park
This song touches the listener's heart.

39Eyes of the Insane - Slayer

40Bad 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.

41War Ensemble - Slayer

42Gunslinger - Avenged Sevenfold

43Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones

44Silent Wars - Arch Enemy

45Masters of War - Bob Dylan

46War? - System of a Down

47This War Is Ours - Escape the Fate

48Child In Time - Deep Purple

49Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story - Jedi Mind Tricks

50Crusader - Saxon

51Vinushka - Dir en grey

52Heeding the Call - Hammerfall

53Far From Home - Five Finger Death Punch

54A War You Cannot Win - All That Remains

55The Gunner's Dream - Pink Floyd

56A Warrior's Call - Volbeat

57This Is the War - Vader

58Red Army Blues - The Waterboys

59Paint It Black - Rolling Stones

60Aces High - Iron Maiden

61Gods of War - Def Leppard
Really powerful, especially the quote by Reagan at the end

62The Art of War - Sabaton

63Battle Metal - Turisas

64War Machine - KISS

65For 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.

66Battlefield of Death - Wizard

67Hammerhead - The Offspring

68Devils & Dust - Bruce Springsteen

69Stop the Cavalry - Jona Lewie
Although its known as a Christmas song, it reflects the conditions of war very well in an entertaining way.

70Remembrance Day - Mark Knopfler

71Hands Held High - Linkin Park

72The Ghost of You - My Chemical Romance

73Remembrance Day - Bryan Adams
Absolutely brilliant, the innocence of going to war the reality

74Europa - Globus

75Scream Aim Fire - Bullet for My Valentine

76Some Nights - Fun

77Yankee Doodle - Richard Shuckburgh

78We'll Meet Again - Vera Lynn

79Unity - Operation Ivy

80Gasmask Terror - Belphegor

81All Quiet On the Western Front - Elton John

82Hoshizora - L'Arc~en~Ciel
about innocent people during the war


Beautiful! Deserves more credit!

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