Top 10 Songs About WWI and WWII


The Top Ten

1 Angel of Death - Slayer

This is the opening line "Auschwitz, the meaning of pain".
Auschwitz was a concentration and extermination camp in Poland built and operated by Nazi Germany during World War II. - Metal_Treasure

2 One - Metallica

Lyrics are based on the novel Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo, which is about World War I. - Metal_Treasure

3 Aces High - Iron Maiden

Lyrics are written from the viewpoint of a British RAF pilot fighting against the German Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain (1940), the first military engagement to be fought entirely with aircraft. - Metal_Treasure

4 Chance - Savatage

It's about WW II and Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania (then part of the USSR) during WW II who defied government orders by signing exit visas for thousands of Jewish refugees. - Metal_Treasure

5 Roads to Moscow - Al Stewart
6 Take No Prisoners - Megadeth
7 And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda - Eric Bogle

about WW I - Metal_Treasure

8 Le Chant Des Partisans - Germaine Sablon

This was the most popular song of the French Resistance during WWII. Not very modern (this version is from 1943), but this song contributed to history and became almost like a second national anthem. - Lotuscandy

9 The Ballad of Ira Hayes - Peter la Farge

Ira Hamilton Hayes was a Native American and a United States Marine who was one of the six flag raisers immortalized in the iconic photograph of the flag raising on Iwo Jima during World War II. - Metal_Treasure

10 Screaming Eagles - Sabaton

The Contenders

11 Hiroshima - Gary Moore
12 Paschendale - Iron Maiden
13 1916 - Motorhead
14 Stalingrad - Accept

A German metal band wrote a song about The Battle of Stalingrad, WW II. - Metal_Treasure

15 Primo Victoria - Sabaton

It's about WW II and the D day (June 6, 1944). On this day Allied forces invaded northern France in Normandy. - Metal_Treasure

16 Ghost Division - Sabaton
17 Price of a Mile - Sabaton
18 The Partisan - Leonard Cohen

English adaptation of La Complainte du Partisan (not to be confused with Le Chant des Partisans) which is also a 1943 song about the French Resistance in World War II. - Lotuscandy

19 Bomber - Motörhead
20 Red Baron-Blue Max - Iced Earth
21 Christmas in the Trenches - John McCutcheon
22 No Man's Land - Eric Bogle
23 The Final Cut - Pink Floyd
24 To Hell and Back - Sabaton

It is about Audie Murphy and his post-traumatic stress disorder. He was a WW II hero from Kingston, Texas. - Metal_Treasure

25 Enola Gay - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

It’s an anti-war song. Enola Gay was the name of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, which released the first Atom bomb "Little Boy" on Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945. - Lotuscandy

26 Little Dolls - Indochine

The whole album has WWI for theme. The singer/songwriter said he drew his inspiration from Guillaume Apollinaire's writings about the war and from letters which the young soldiers sent to their family during WWI. I also like the video for the song, which contains images from that time. - Lotuscandy

27 The Longest Day - Iron Maiden

Based on the Normandy Landings which was regarded by Erwin Rommel as "the longest day."

28 Donna, Donna - Donovan

Lyrics to this sad and lilting traditional folk song in fact have a hidden meaning that symbolizes the Jews being led to slaughter.

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