Top Ten Greatest War Songs

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The Top Ten

1 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. - treyanthonyyeah

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

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.

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2 Civil War - Guns N' Roses

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

What's so civil about war anyway?

My favorite song ever written

To the guy who says WHATS SO ABOUT CIVIL WAR remember it brother ALL WARS ARE CIVIL WARS BECAUSE ALL MEN ARE BROTHERS

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3 The Trooper - Iron Maiden

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.

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

You fire musket but ill run it through

4 Rise Against - Hero of War Rise 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.

This song is really deep just no words to describe it

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5 War Pigs - Black Sabbath

Why isn't this #1? This is by far the best anti-war song EVER

War Pigs ties with Die Young as one of my favorite Black Sabbath songs. Plus it has a great melody and choice of words.

Generals gathers in their masses!

Get lost raters it should number 1

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6 For 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.

7 Rooster - 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 rooster man I love that tasty chicken

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8 Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin

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

I love the intro to this song!
One of my favorites by Led Zeppelin - Ajkloth

9 Disposable 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

Ibelieve the song is righteous

amazing

10 Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2

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

Great and very expressive songs detailing the horrific affects of war

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

Well, true to the album title, it depicts both lyrically and musically the horrors of waritme.

The Contenders

11 Zombie - The Cranberries

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

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.

Perfect song describing war propagators as zombies which is very true, they are mindless killing machines.

One of the best songs to come out of the 90's, and one of the few to truly reflect the horrors of the conflict between Ireland and Great Britian starting in 1917,

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12 War - Edwin Starr

One of the best songs ever

13 The Longest Day - Iron Maiden
14 Warriors of the World United - Manowar
15 Khe Sanh - Cold Chisel

It's edgy and the lyrics contain a real underlying truth.

16 War Ensemble - Slayer

Definitely should be a little higher. This song talks about how politicians se war as a kind of game, sort of like "Masters of War" by Bob Dylan, but the lyrics "Sport the war! War support! The sport is war, total war, where victory's really massacre/survival..." really do protest the brutality of warfare in general and how we don't seem to care about soldiers dying in battle.

17 Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth

I gives this an 8/10 - Gh_player

18 M.I.A. - Avenged Sevenfold

Rivals Metallica's war songs. One of the greatest solos you'll ever hear. The ending is so powerful and moving - A7X3DGBB

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

Just give this song a try.

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...

19 Paschendale - Iron Maiden
20 Blood of Heroes - Megadeth
21 Aces High - Iron Maiden
22 Brothers 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.

One of only 2 songs that have ever made me cry

No words,goosebumps,epic guitar playing, intense lyrics, and a undescribable Spirit. has to be number 1!

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23 In the Army Now - Status Quo

One of the most underrated songs of all time!

24 Mama - 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

I agree it is the best song from a soldier perspective

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25 Glory to the Brave - Hammerfall
26 21 Guns - Green Day

No is the Best, but is a great song

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27 Through 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... ;-(

28 Gears of War - Megadeth
29 Eyes of the Insane - Slayer
30 Paint It Black - Rolling Stones

Really good song

31 Indestructible - Disturbed

This song deserves to at least be in the top 10 Evan the top 5. Such a shame people don't recognize great music!

Best war song

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...

32 The Mercenary - Iron Maiden

JUST LISTEN THE LYRICS!

33 Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival

This should be number one..

Ok.. This should be at least at top3.

34 Last Man Standing - Hammerfall
35 Flesh Storm - Slayer
36 Angel of Death - Slayer
37 Goodnight Saigon - Billy Joel

On the music video the background singers for the chorus are Vietnam vets. Very emotional.

If you know about the Vietnam War, then this song might make you cry.

Very deep song that puts a lump in your throat

We came in spastic
Like tameless horses.
We left in plastic
As numbered corpses.

34? Are you kidding? Number one.

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38 The 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! - dragon13304

39 Soldier 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. - Potato1029

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

And

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

And

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

40 Big Business - Sidney Duane Helmer

Delta swamp blues plus a little electronics...?

Good beat! SOUNDS LIKE THE TRUTH!
Go out and buy this song and think about being a grunt.
THEN think about War Profiteers.

41 Machine Gun - Jimi Hendrix
42 Us and Them - Pink Floyd

Explains why wars are happening, the best in my opinion!

The Saxophone is great the best In my opinion

43 Never Walk Alone...a Call to Arms - Megadeth
44 Masters of War - Bob Dylan
45 This is War - 30 Seconds to Mars

Time to go to war

AMAZING!

46 Territory - Sepultura
47 Castle of Glass - Linkin Park

This song touches the listener's heart.

48 The Art of War - Sabaton
49 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden
50 Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen
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