List of anti-war songs

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An anti-war song is a musical composition that either states anti-war sentiments directly, one which the public and/or critics define as having an anti-war theme, or advocates universal peace.

Some anti-war songs comment on the aspects of war, while others satirize war. Most promote peace, in some form or another, while others sing out against specific armed conflicts. Still others sing about the physical and psychological destruction that warfare causes to soldiers, innocent civilians, and the human race in general. Many of these songs are considered protest songs, and some have been embraced by various peace movements and peace activists.

Some popular anti-war songs include:

General peace[edit]

American Civil War[edit]

World War I[edit]

Mexican-American War[edit]

  • "Once to Every Man and Nation" – James R Lowell (1845)

Spanish Civil War[edit]

Spanish-American War[edit]

American Indian Wars[edit]

World War II[edit]

Korean War[edit]

Vietnam War[edit]

Kent State shootings[edit]

Dominican Republic[edit]

  • "The Marines Have Landed on the Shores of Santo Domingo" - Phil Ochs (1966)

The "Troubles"[edit]


Cold War/Nuclear Annihilation[edit]

Philippine–American War[edit]

Falklands War[edit]

Contras, Latin America[edit]

Gulf War(s), Iraq, 9/11, and the War on Terror[edit]

For more songs protesting the Iraq War, see Neil Young's website.

Traditional music[edit]

Apart from the various genres of modern music, some traditional and contemporary folk songs reflect the futile efforts of war and the attitudes of objectors prior to the major wars of the 20th century. Some of these include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Christmas 1914
  2. ^ Andresen, Lee (May 1, 2003). Battle Notes: Music of the Vietnam War. Savage Press. p. 129. 
  3. ^ Cusic, Don (July 30, 2008). Discovering Country Music. ABC-CLIO. p. 97. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ 69th NY songs

External links[edit]

  • Anti-war Songs a website collecting thousands of antiwar songs from all over the world
  • Folk&More: Songbook & Tabs a growing collection of chords, tabs, and lyrics of anti-war songs from Bob Dylan to Bob Marley