Wednesday Question: Best Song About War?

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Wednesday Question: Best Song About War?
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The matter of war has been a prominent topic in the rock world since the movement's very beginning, resulting in numerous war-related classic tunes.

Whether it's singing about hitting the battlefield or dropping weapons for the sake of peace, rockers always had their way of delivering the message. Therefore, this week's Wednesday Question is:

What is the best song about war?

Many choices, approaches, decades and vibes we have here, but there can only be a single No. 1 tune about war. And you get to pick it.

Same rules as always apply - only one suggestion per comment, vote up the ideas you support and vote down the ones you dislike. We'll sum up your votes by Friday and bring you another traditional UG Top 10. Time to hit the battlefield!

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    theclassicrock
    The Trooper - Iron Maiden
    kratos379
    A lot of Iron Maiden songs are great for this question. I nominate Paschendale by Iron Maiden.
    Jazz1992
    F*ck, how did I forget Paschendale? You have my vote, kind sir
    thebigredjj10
    The Longest Day is my favorite war themed Iron Maiden song. *Though The Trooper and Paschendale are brilliant as well*
    TheLiberation
    Paschendale was also my nomination by far. In my opinion one of the greatest songs in the entire Maiden discography, and the lyrics are incredibly powerful. With all respect for the excellent The Trooper, Paschendale is on an entirely different level, both musically and lyrically.
    Jonagorn
    Oh, and Aces High, some people have mentioned Run to the Hills but isn't that more to do with simply slaughtering the Native Americans and not actual war?
    PRSTremontiSE
    Too many good Maiden choices! Aces High is the song that started me listening to Iron Maiden, and absolutely deserves a spot. I'll settle for The Trooper, though
    Maiden95
    Guys, Afraid to Shoot Strangers!!! This is why I love Maiden so much... too many awesome songs (way too many to choose from for a setlist haha)
    Danjo's Guitar
    Thank goodness someone posted this. I was going to be so sad if I had to throw it on the bottom of the page.
    masterofpuppies
    "One"
    Maiden95
    Disposable Heroes
    MaaZeus
    Either One, Disposable Heroes or For Whom The Bell Tolls. All underline the fact that war is stupid.
    telephonebear
    this one for me, always thought it was the best track from mop, possibly of all metallica
    Maiden95
    I have to agree. I love One, but it is, I admit, a little played out for me.. possibly because I teach drums and that's a popular choice. But Disposable Heroes is without a doubt a top 5 Metallica song.
    Unf
    I always thought that One is more about a horror of a man locked so badly inside his body because of war, but not about war. So Disposable Heroes FTW!
    noilly
    So, in other words, the consequences of war? Pretty war related in my opinion
    Unf
    I mean it isn't about how or why he got injured, it's about how it feels.
    arabmetallion
    Landmine Has Taken My Sight Taken My Speech Taken My Hearing Taken My Arms Taken My Legs Taken My Soul Left Me with Life in Hell But now that I think about it, Disposable Heroes is much more lyrically involved on the subject of war. I'de be happy with either making the list.
    Trubzzzz
    The problem is, this song isn't really directly about war. It's about a fictional novel, that is ABOUT a hypothetical character that loses literally everything physically (besides his actual head, and his penis), due to war.
    Everlong729
    Fortunate Son- CCR
    welcomeblack
    It looks like everyone's going for some sort of metal song, so I'm glad to see this one. Also, I vote for Bad Company by Bad Company.
    Trubzzzz
    Not only is this one of the best war songs, but also held very significant relevance in it's time, especially when it was released (height of Vietnam). When people think of Vietnam, they think of this song.