Best Songs About Historical Events

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A list for songs whose lyrics relate to any historical event.

The Top Ten

1 We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel
2 American Pie - Don McLean
3 Post World War II Blues - Al Stewart
4 Nostradamus - Al Stewart
5 The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot
6 Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones
7 Hurricane - Bob Dylan
8 Roads to Moscow - Al Stewart
9 For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
10 Viva la Vida - Coldplay

A theoretical Luis XVI in Bastille before his execution. - keyson

The Contenders

11 All Those Years Ago - George Harrison
12 Holiday in Cambodia - Dead Kennedys
13 Miss Sarajevo - Passengers

This song by Passengers (U2 + Brian Eno) featuring Luciano Pavarotti is about the everyday life in a city at war. Bono produced a film based on Sarajevo's underground resistance movement, the film is a documentary by Bill Carter about a beauty pageant held in the midst of war-torn Sarajevo, Bosnia. Clips from the documentary contain striking imagery, such as a shot of beauty pageant contestants holding up a banner with the words "DON'T LET THEM KILL US" as seen on the single's artwork. The Siege of Sarajevo was the longest siege of a capital city in the history of modern warfare, lasting from April 1992 till February 1996. - Lotuscandy

14 New York Mining Disaster; 1941 - The Bee Gees

In the event of something happening to me, there is something I would like you all to see. Have you seen my wife Mr. Jones? - keyson

"Do you know what it's like in the outside? " Love this song - it's almost like a movie. - Billyv

15 Ohio - Neil Young

Never forget. Do the history classes in American schools teach or mention what happened? National Guard troops opened fire and killed four college students on the Kent State University campus during a protest against the war in Vietnam. Sad day for everyone in a country politically and generationally torn. - Billyv

"What if you knew her,
And found her dead on the ground? "

16 Woodstock - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
17 Rasputin - Boney M.
18 Sniper - Harry Chapin
19 Atlantis - Donovan
20 Waterloo - Iced Earth
21 When the Eagle Cries - Iced Earth
22 Declaration Day - Iced Earth
23 Attila - Iced Earth
24 The Devil to Pay - Iced Earth
25 Hold at All Costs - Iced Earth
26 High Water Mark - Iced Earth
27 Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2
28 Pompeii - Bastille
29 Candle in the Wind 1997 - Elton John
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