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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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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168 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Miltam
    Why is War - Edwin Starr not on the list?
    bangbang!!
    Because no one wrote what the song's actually called in the voting. They all just wrote WAR BAM HUH PAH YEAH
    Lord_Doku
    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.
    AcdcTXfan
    Nobody with a life actually watches those videos anyway. This list is pretty solid.
    bobmarley_fan
    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!!!!!
    K!!LsWiTcH
    what happened to war ensemble?
    KerryKing01
    Im crying...
    Arcaobord
    That and Disposable Heroes, those were 3 and 4, but didn't even make the list.
    yaronbeery
    brothers in arms is for me the greatest, such sublime lines and a cry worthy solo to close with.
    PNE97
    for what its worth by buffalo springfield?
    Suitemike
    I never thought of that song as a war song. To me it describes the tension between the counter-culture and the government/establishment during the 60s. Although I suppose it is basically a war protest song that describes the protesrs back home and not the actual war. Just my thought.
    N7Crazy
    Disappointed "Goodbye blue sky" didn't make it, for not to mention the great anti-war protest songs from the likes of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, and such - Ah well, I can live with this list...
    Hetzenauer
    What about Motörhead - 1916?
    Yabba Who
    Not enough people have heard it to vote for it. Amazing song, though. When it first came out I played it for some old vets and it brought tears to their eyes.
    LazarusOnGrave
    I normally don't feel too strongly about these lists, but the fact that Bob Dylan's "Masters of War" didn't make this list is a travesty.
    Maiden95
    Whenever I hear the Eddie and Mike from Pearl Jam version, I get chills. The lyrics are even more true today.
    Rebel Scum
    Well I put the comment in for it. Shame it didn't get on the list but it ain't my fault that the public don't like it.
    TheWickerMan666
    There some songs that are definitely missing from this list. To name a few: Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms Machine Head - A Farewell To Arms Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter Also, I know The Trooper is a "classic", but there are far more appropriate Iron Maiden songs for this list - so many that I won't even bother trying to list them. Still, I'm glad Maiden made the list.
    Crunge92
    I was rooting for Too Many Puppies by Primus, but oh well. Good list though.
    MichaelScarn
    its an album but U2's War is fantastic; although sunday bloody sunday is a fantastic war song
    Wisthler
    Holy wars, are you ****ing kidding me? Megadeth is my top favourite metal band of all time, but can't ****ing people realize that it focuses more in the religion part than the war part?
    Kattestrofe
    Slayer??? War Ensemble, Killing Fields, Point, Behind the Crooked Cross, Ghosts of War, Die by the Sword, Mandatory Suicide, Eyes of the Insane, War Zone....
    migecek
    what about iron maiden - paschendale, longest day, legacy that are far more better songs then al others up there :/
    Funnyname99
    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....
    Matt_E_Man
    Jimi Hendrix's "Machine Gun"??!?!? come on. goddamn this guitar community, can't even remember hendrix.
    fras1788
    Yeah, I posted that one on the thread asking for suggestions. Great song.
    Pyro5139
    Pretty much EVERY SOAD is a great war song. But I would go with Deer Dance
    doncrany
    Pretty good list.. but I agree that Dylans Masters of war should have made the list. Also I would love to have seen "Another mans cause" by the levellers on the list. not your average U/G band. but their story telling is up there with the best. and that song is says it all
    Jimjambanx
    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.
    Kueller917
    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.
    rgr320
    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...?
    strange-prowler
    Weird. War Pigs and Civil War...these songs are against the war... I´d like to see here "The Longest Day" by Iron Maiden..