Top Ten Greatest War Songs

The Top Ten
1 One - Metallica One - Metallica Cover Art

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.

Everything about this song speaks about war. The drums, heavy riffs and the atmosphere it unleashes. Best anti-war song ever made. Trooper is a close second.

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.

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

2 Civil War - Guns N' Roses Civil War - Guns N' Roses Cover Art

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

In my opinion the best war song, and also one of the best of all time!

What's so civil about war anyway?

3 Rise Against - Hero of War

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

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.

The only heroes of war are those that sacrificed for their fellow soldiers, don't ever compare this song to that. This song is meant for politics, not patriots. As is their most of their songs, do some research!

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.

4 The Trooper - Iron Maiden The Trooper - Iron Maiden Cover Art

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'll take my life but I'll take yours too!

I thought so too

5 War Pigs - Black Sabbath War Pigs - Black Sabbath Cover Art

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

The Lyrics, guitar riff, the drums and the charisma everything is so good. Masterpiece!

Generals gathers in their masses!

Absolutely love this song!

6 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica Cover Art

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 Rooster - Alice In Chains Cover Art

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.

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!

8 Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

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

9 Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2 Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2 Cover Art

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

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

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

10 Zombie - The Cranberries Zombie - The Cranberries Cover Art

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!

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

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

The Contenders
11 War - Edwin Starr War - Edwin Starr Cover Art
12 Disposable Heroes - Metallica Disposable Heroes - Metallica Cover Art

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

13 Warriors of the World United - Manowar Warriors of the World United - Manowar Cover Art
14 Khe Sanh - Cold Chisel Khe Sanh - Cold Chisel Cover Art

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

15 Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth Cover Art

I gives this an 8/10

16 The Longest Day - Iron Maiden The Longest Day - Iron Maiden Cover Art
17 Paschendale - Iron Maiden Paschendale - Iron Maiden Cover Art
18 M.I.A. - Avenged Sevenfold M.I.A. - Avenged Sevenfold Cover Art

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

Just give this song a try.

19 War Ensemble - Slayer War Ensemble - Slayer Cover Art

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.

20 Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits Cover Art

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.

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!

My favorite anti war song so far.

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

21 Aces High - Iron Maiden Aces High - Iron Maiden Cover Art
22 In the Army Now - Status Quo In the Army Now - Status Quo Cover Art

One of the most underrated songs of all time!

23 Blood of Heroes - Megadeth Blood of Heroes - Megadeth Cover Art
24 Mama - My Chemical Romance Mama - My Chemical Romance Cover Art

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.

25 Glory to the Brave - Hammerfall Glory to the Brave - Hammerfall Cover Art
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