Songs about war have spun through the years, almost as common as songs about love. With so much saber rattling going on these days, invasions are always a bad thing, it's time to compile the top 20 songs about war, military conflict and invasion. War told in song. The songs are good; war is not.
1 - War (What is it good for?) by Edwin Starr ... tops our list of war songs. It's iconic and unforgettable.
2 - Fortunate Son by CCR Creedence Clearwater Revival, a protest song about the war draft.
3 - War Pigs by Black Sabbath
4 - Fight from the Inside by Queen. Ogre Battle would also fit here, no?
5 - Volunteers by Jefferson Airplane, another war protest song
6 - War Child by Jethro Tull
7 - Dogs of War by Pink Floyd, the band can also include The Postwar Dream
8 - Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire
9 - Veteran of the Psychic Wars from Blue Oyster Cult, appeared on the Heavy Metal soundtrack
10 - Act of War by Elton John
11 - War Paint by Rush
12 - Civil War by Guns n Roses
13 - The Battle of Everymore by Led Zeppelin
14 - Masters of War by Bob Dylan
15 - Living with War by Neil Young
16 - The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down by The Band, about the US Civil War
17 - Sunday, Bloody Sunday by U2, about the wars/conflict in Northern Ireland
- See also the flip side: Top 20 songs about Peace
18 - The War Song by Culture Club
19 - "19" by Paul Hardcastle. The average age of a soldier in the Vietnam War was 19.
20 - Billy Don't Be a Hero by Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods (and later by Paper Lace), now that's a blast from the past! It was #1 on Billboard in 1974.
There you have it, the hardest rocking war songs on the charts. Rock on, rock steady but give peace a chance and check out the flip side post for that. War songs are only half the story.