Top 10 Songs with References to History

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Songs that are about (or mention) places, historical figures, or events.

The Top Ten

1 The Trooper - Iron Maiden

It's about the Battle of Balaclava, 1854, during the Crimean War. - Metal_Treasure

2 Waterloo - ABBA

Waterloo is a town in Belgium where Napoleon was finally defeated. - Metal_Treasure

3 Aces High - Iron Maiden
4 Holy Wars... the Punishment Due - Megadeth
5 Alexander the Great - Iron Maiden
6 Black Prophecies - Dark Angel

It's about Nostradamus and his prophecies, and the song retells a big part of history. - Metal_Treasure

7 Valhalla - Blind Guardian Valhalla - Blind Guardian

It's about the historical shift from the Norse pagan religion to Christianity. - Metal_Treasure

8 Hiroshima - Gary Moore
9 Rasputin - Boney M.

It's about Grigori Rasputin: "Ra Ra Rasputin, lover of the Russian Queen". - Metal_Treasure

10 Poor Man's Crusade - Demons & Wizards

The Contenders

11 Cleopatra - Weezer
12 Nostradamus - Judas Priest
13 The Rise of Hannibal - Ex Deo
14 Roads to Moscow - Al Stewart
15 Da Vinci - Weezer
16 Countess Bathory - Venom
17 Genghis Khan - Iron Maiden
18 I, Caligvla - Ex Deo
19 Ghost Division - Sabaton
20 Primo Victoria - Sabaton
21 Screaming Eagles - Sabaton
22 Banish from Sanctuary - Blind Guardian Banish from Sanctuary - Blind Guardian

Refers to religious history - it's about the life of John the Baptist. - Metal_Treasure

23 Another Holy War - Blind Guardian
24 Out in the Fields - Gary Moore & Phil Lynott
25 Paschendale - Iron Maiden
26 The Ballad of Ira Hayes - Peter la Farge
27 Chance - Savatage
28 The Ballad of William Kidd - Running Wild

William Kidd is not a well known historical figure, but he was a scottish pirate (mariner), lived between 1645 and 1701. - somekindofaguy

29 In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel
30 Billy Don't Be a Hero - Paper Lace
31 Warren Harding - Al Stewart
32 The Last Day of June 1934 - Al Stewart
33 Post World War Two Blues - Al Stewart
34 Old Admirals - Al Stewart
35 Nostradamus - Al Stewart
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