Wednesday Question: Best Song About War?

Time to hit the battlefield UG. Or fight against it.

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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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    Thats a pretty bad question..
    Marvin Gaye- What's Going On
    How the bloody hell is this negative votes??? I understand if it has no votes but who would downvote this???
    This was my first thought too. I love the heavy war tracks from people like Slayer & Metallica but Motorhead's 1916 is very poignant reminder of the effects on the individual.
    anything by war the band
    Any song by Rage Against the Machine
    Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture Classic!
    The version with ****ing real cannons.
    Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony No. 7, dedicated to the battle of Leningrad. 13-20 minutes in is epic (proper use of the word epic).
    The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down by the Band.... I mean did you even have to ask?
    Uh, people, UG and UG members like me and others, many videos are are double, triple posting, some even more!
    The Judist
    Neil Young "After The Garden" Neil Young "Let's Impeach The President" PJ Harvey "The Glorious Land" PJ Harvey "The Words That Maketh Murder"
    The Judist
    Basically, the whole Let England Shake album by PJ Harvey which is all about war!
    Eluviete- Havoc. Really the entire Helvetios album gives an amazing recount of the Gaulish tribes being invaded and enslaved by the Roman Empire.
    Dream Theater-The Enemy Inside Black Sabbath-War Pigs Rise Against-Hero Of War Iron Maiden-The Trooper.