The matter of war is a tricky question tackled by a vast array of rock artists over the years and also something we asked you about in this week's Wednesday Question. After rounding up your votes for the best song about war, here's the list that came up.
10. Rage Against the Machine - Guerrilla RadioRATM
get to kick it off loud with an all-time classic "Guerrilla Radio
," a song bound to get anyone pumped up for action.
9. Rise Against - Hero of War
Showing the destructive side of the world when at war, "Hero of War
" track by Rise Against
comest with emotional lyric lines such as "I'll carry this flag, to the grave if I must, because it's a flag that I love, and a flag that I trust."
8. System of a Down - War?
Taking up the matter of religious wars with a hectic "We will fight the heathens"
chorus, System of a Down
delivered in style with "War?
" track off their self-titled 1998 debut
7. Megadeth - Holy Wars ... The Punishment Due
Technically only half a war song, Megadeth
's "Holy Wars ... The Punishment Due
" focuses on the Northern Ireland conflict during the first half with some of the finest lyrics Dave Mustaine
ever wrote. As for the song's second half, it's based on "The Punisher
" comic. Talk about a subject switch.
6. Guns N' Roses - Civil War
It "feeds the rich while it buries the poor"
- say what you want about Axl Rose
and co. but this is a pretty effective way of describing war.
5. Alice in Chains - Rooster
A very personal song, Alice in Chains
" track is dedicated to guitarist Jerry Cantrell
's father Jerry Cantrell Sr.
who fought in the Vietnam War, earning the nickname Rooster while serving in the army.
4. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son
Taking a massive jab at those who support war without "paying the cost," CCR
's "Fortunate Son
" is one of the most iconic war songs out there, earning a rightfully high spot on the list.
3. Iron Maiden - The Trooper
If you were to name a single song to perfectly depict the 19th century battlefield, "The Trooper
" would be it. The galloping rhythm, charging melody and Bruce Dickinson
's epic voice - what more could you possibly need?
2. Metallica - One
Based on Dalton Trumbo
's 1939 novel "Johnny Got His Gun
" tells the tale of a soldier struck by a land mine, causing him to lose his limbs, eyes, ears and mouth. However, his mind functions perfectly, leaving him trapped inside his own body.
1. Black Sabbath - War Pigs"It wasn't about politics or government or anything. It was about evil," Black Sabbath
bassist and lyricist Geezer Butler
said about this week's No. 1 song - "War Pigs
." "So I was saying 'Generals gathered in the masses/just like witches at black masses' to make an analogy."