Top 10 Songs About War

The voices were rounded up, we present you the best war tunes in history of rock.

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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 Radio

RATM 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' "Rooster" 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," Metallica's "One" 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."

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    Why is War - Edwin Starr not on the list?
    TERRIBLE FUKING LIST!!!!! Bob Dylans's Master's Of War is No Where on this list!!!!! That is like Ice cream not having a chocolate or vanilla flavor. YOU ALL ARE FUKING STUPID!!!!!
    Because no one wrote what the song's actually called in the voting. They all just wrote WAR BAM HUH PAH YEAH
    I posted a YT link with the song. But ofcourse that's 5 minutes after the voting started, which leaves it 100 comments down the page where nobody bothers.
    Nobody with a life actually watches those videos anyway. This list is pretty solid.
    10k suggestions for Slayers War Ensemble and still doesn't make it to the list...and what's with for example Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits...i bet it deserves to be here more than "Gays and Rose(s)"
    Replace One with Disposable Hereos. strongly dislike Metallica's One.
    I'm a huge fan of the song, I'm currently drinking the beer funnily enough but The Trooper is the odd one out a bit here. All the others are about how modern war is terrible and anti-war and such but the trooper doesn't really fit. I guess its about war and that's the title of the article so it kinda does so what I'm saying is a bit pointless but there's just a difference I guess
    The lack of both disposable heroes and basically any of the recent testament songs invalidates this list
    Devin Townsend... How on earth could I forget Devin Townsend's "War" while voting....
    I know this song isn't metal/rock so not many people here probably care for it, but Hands Held High by Linkin Park is actually a great song about war. Good list though.
    It's a pretty nice track. I was lucky to see the first ever performance of it live years ago so it's kinda stuck with me. Makes me think how much more Shinoda was needed in MtM.
    How the fk is Guerilla radio a war song? He's saying 'fk the system and turn up the voice of the freedom fighters', but... a war song? No....
    Doesn't get much better than War Pigs, don't really care about placement/inclusion of the rest after that.
    Exodus - War Is My Shepherd "Praise the lord and pass the ammunation!" Slayer - War Ensemble "Sport the war, war support" Sodom - basically ANY song "Napalm in the morning!" how come these are not in there...?
    i still cannot believe there was not a single mention of blitzkreig bop
    what about iron maiden - paschendale, longest day, legacy that are far more better songs then al others up there :/
    If you didn't think Holy Wars was about war enough, maybe you should have used Architecture of Aggression instead.
    I didn't think it would make it because it's not well known but Harry Patch (In memory of) by Radiohead is probably the most true, and the most honest war song of all time since the lyrics are a direct quote from a veteran. I am the only one that got through The others died where ever they fell It was an ambush They came up from all sides Give your leaders each a gun and then let them fight it out themselves I’ve seen devils coming up from the ground I’ve seen hell upon this earth The next will be chemical but they will never learn.
    I didn't care about how this list turned out as long as civil war was tops.... you failed me.... you failed me like that condom on prom night
    Slayer deserved at least one entry in that list and Disposable heroes would have been just as deserving as One.
    Baba O'Reilly (Teenage Wasteland), and Gimme Shelter would have been good additions to this list, and possibly Living on a Thin Line?
    Gates of delirium from the Yes Relayer album leaves you with a sense of pain, anger and despair with a final hint of healing at the end. Worthwhile to listen.
    what happened to war ensemble?
    That and Disposable Heroes, those were 3 and 4, but didn't even make the list.
    Im crying...