List of anti-war songs

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Some anti-war songs lament some 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 depict the physical and psychological destruction that warfare causes to soldiers, innocent civilians, and humanity as a whole. Many of these songs are considered protest songs, and some have been embraced by war-weary people, various peace movements, and peace activists.

General peace[edit]

Year Song Artist
1966 "7 O'Clock News/Silent Night" Simon & Garfunkel
2016 "A Matter of Habbit" Moddi
1989 "Alleluia, the Great Storm Is Over" John McCutcheon
2004 "All These Things That I've Done" The Killers
2003 "Amerika the Brutal" Six Feet Under
1988 "Another Part Of Me" Michael Jackson
1980 "Army Dreamers" Kate Bush
2005 "B.Y.O.B." System of a Down
1974 "Billy Don't Be a Hero" Paper Lace, Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods
1980 "Generals and Majors" XTC
2011 "Bleed Red" Ronnie Dunn
1963 "Blowin' in the Wind" Bob Dylan
1980 "Bombs Away" The Police
2003 "Boom!" System of a Down
1996 "Bulls on Parade" Rage Against the Machine
1992 "Campo de Batalha" Edson Gomes
2014 "Candyland" Tabitha Elkins[1]
1981 "Can You Feel It" The Jacksons
2004 "Captured" Malevolent Creation
2012 "Cease Fire" Christina Aguilera
1990 "Civil War" Guns N' Roses
1969 "Cranes" (Журавли́) Rasul Gamzatov / Yan Frenkel / Mark Bernes
1975 "Den vita duvan" Mats Rådberg
1954 "Le Déserteur" Boris Vian
1986 "Disposable Heroes" Metallica
2016 "Divide And Conquer" Epica
1987 "The Dogs of War" Pink Floyd
1965 "Eve of Destruction" Barry McGuire
1969 "The Fiddle and the Drum" Joni Mitchell
1995 "Foggy Dew" Sinéad O'Connor
2015 "For Peace" Lionder
2006 "For the Greater Good of God" Iron Maiden
1984 "For Whom the Bell Tolls" Metallica
1969 "Fortunate Son" Creedence Clearwater Revival
1980 "Games Without Frontiers" Peter Gabriel
1998 "The General" Dispatch
2004 "The Ghost of You" My Chemical Romance
1973 "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" George Harrison
1969 "Give Peace a Chance" Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon
2002 "Going Down in Flames" 3 Doors Down
1962 "La Guerre de 14-18" Georges Brassens
1983 "The Gunner's Dream" Pink Floyd
2007 "Gunslinger" Avenged Sevenfold
2010 "Half a World Away" Joe Cerisano
1984 "Hammer to Fall" Queen
2008 "Handlebars" Flobots
1971 "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" John Lennon, Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band
2010 "Harmony" Never Shout Never
1969 "Harold Land" Yes
1991 "Heal the World" Michael Jackson
2008 "Hero of War" Rise Against
2007 "Heroes and Martyrs" Bad Religion
1995 "HIStory" Michael Jackson
2010 "Holy War" Asia
2006 "Hymn for the Dead" Anti-Flag
1987 "Gods of War" Def Leppard
1965 "I Ain't Marching Anymore" Phil Ochs
1987 "I Don't Want to Be a Hero" Johnny Hates Jazz
2012 "I Drive Your Truck" Lee Brice
1984 "I Hope You Get Drafted" The Dicks
1982 "I Love a Man in a Uniform" Gang of Four
1975 "I Wish You Peace" Eagles
1967 "If I Can Dream" Elvis Presley
2006 "Il Nostro Sogno (Our Dream)" Alfio
1971 "Imagine" John Lennon
2011 "Imagine" Siavash Ghomayshi
1995 "In Our Garden" Naomi Shemer
2001 "The Lost Children" Michael Jackson
1981 "Invisible Sun" The Police
2001 "Jet Fighter" Butthole Surfers
1962 "John Brown" Bob Dylan
2007 "Just a Dream" Carrie Underwood
1992 "Killing in the Name" Rage Against the Machine
2014 "Kukoku No Kyouon" Dir en Grey
1974 "La La Peace Song" Al Wilson, O. C. Smith
1980 "Last Chance" Shooting Star
1950 "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream" Ed McCurdy
1973 "Lay Down Your Arms" Doron Levinson
1986 "Lay Down Your Guns" Emerson, Lake & Powell
1966 "Legend of a Girl Child Linda" Donovan
2016 "Lessons from the Past" Psy'Aviah ft. Mari Kattman
2013 "Letters Home" Radical Face
1971 "Life" Elvis Presley
1983 "A Little Good News" Anne Murray
1979 "Little Boy Soldiers" The Jam
1986 "Live In Peace" The Firm
2006 "Living With War" Neil Young
1990 "Love Can Build a Bridge" The Judds
1973 "Love Train" The O'Jays
1970 "Lucky Man" Emerson, Lake and Palmer
1973 "Luglio, Agosto, Settembre (Nero)" Area
1967 "Ma Avarech (With What Shall I Bless Him)" Rachel Shapira/Yair Rosenblum
1982 "Major General Despair" Crass
1988 "Man in the Mirror" Michael Jackson
1977 "Man of War" The Jacksons
1989 "Mandatory Suicide" Slayer
1997 "March With Me" Montserrat Caballé and Vangelis
1967 "La Marseillaise"
1963 "Masters of War" Bob Dylan
1962 "May There Always Be Sunshine" (Пусть всегда будет солнце!) Lev Oshanin / Arkady Ostrovsky / Maya Kristalinskaya
1997 "Mercenary Song" Steve Earle
1986 "Method to Your Madness" Metal Church
2005 "M.I.A." Avenged Sevenfold
1971 "Military Madness" Graham Nash
1961 "Miss Guéguerre" Léo Ferré
2008 "Mr. President" Janelle Monáe
1970 "Never Kill Another Man" Steve Miller Band
2001 "No Curse Of War" Kenjah
1980 No Dudaría Antonio Flores
1984 "No Fuckin' War" The Dicks
1978 "No More Trouble" Bob Marley & The Wailers
1983 "Not Now John" Pink Floyd
2009 "One Day" Matisyahu
1982 "One Hundred Years" The Cure
1997 "One More Parade" Phil Ochs
1969 "One Tin Soldier" Original Caste
1969 Oseh Shalom bi-Meromav Nurit Hirsh
2007 "Our Solemn Hour" Within Temptation
1961 "Pacific Blues" Léo Ferré
1989 "Papa Stop the War" Chicco Twala featuring Mzwaki Mbuli
1982 "Part III" Bad Religion
1988 "Part IV (The Index Fossil)" Bad Religion
2002 "Paz y Amor" ("Peace and love") Gisela
1981 "Peace" Roger Lee Hall
1986 "Peace Sells" Megadeth
1971 "Peace Train" Cat Stevens
1977 "Peace Will Come" Tom Paxton
1970 "Peace Will Come (According To Plan)" Melanie Safka
2003 "Peacekeeper" Fleetwood Mac
2000 "Pick Up the Bones" Alice Cooper
1982 "Pipes Of Peace" Paul McCartney
2002 "Poor Places" Wilco
1986 "Potshot Heard 'Round the World" Dead Kennedys
1983 "Power & the Glory" Saxon
1958 "Prayer for Peace" Perry Como
2002 "Prisoners of War" Funker Vogt
1976 "Protocol" Gordon Lightfoot
1981 "Rainbow Stew" Merle Haggard
1986 "Rambozo the Clown" Dead Kennedys
1979 "Ratziti Sheteda" Uzi Hitman
1961 "Regardez-les" Léo Ferré
1992 "Rest in Peace" Extreme
2006 "Right in Two" Tool
2005 "Road to Joy" Bright Eyes
1992 "Rooster" Alice in Chains
1984 "Rose Goes to Yale" Jefferson Starship
1995 "Sacrifice" Motörhead
2006 "Saraba" The Gazette
1991 "Semper Fi" John Gorka
1993 "Shades of Grey" Billy Joel
1970 "Shir LaShalom" Lehakat HaNachal
1982 "Short Memory" Midnight Oil
1984 "Showdown" Jefferson Starship
1971 "Soldier Blue" Buffy Sainte-Marie
1966 "The Soldier Has Come Home" Barry Sadler
2005 "Soldier Side" System of a Down
2011 "Soldier's Angel" Stevie Nicks
2006 "Soldier's Poem" Muse
1981 "Soldiers" ABBA
1978 Sólo le pido a Dios León Gieco / Mercedes Sosa
1969 "Some Mother's Son" The Kinks
1995 "Still Spinning Shrapnel" Skyclad
2010 "Stop the War" Sugar Blue
1970 "Stop the War Now" Edwin Starr
1982 "Stories of a Hero" Frank Marino
1985 "Stupid, Stupid War" Dirty Rotten Imbeciles
1983 "Sunday Bloody Sunday" U2
2011 "Survivor Guilt" Rise Against
1992 "Sweet Harmony" The Beloved
1992 "Systematic Execution" Malevolent Creation
1990 "Take No Prisoners" Megadeth
1978 "Tank" The Stranglers
1985 "Territories" Rush
1964 "There but for Fortune" Phil Ochs
1996 "They Don't Care About Us" Michael Jackson
2009 "'Til the Last Shot's Fired" Trace Adkins
1994 "Time for Peace" (“Zaman el Salaam”) Amnon Abutbul / Yair Dalal
2009 "This is War" Thirty Seconds to Mars
1980 "Tin Soldiers" Stiff Little Fingers
1990 "Too Many Puppies" Primus
1993 "Too Young to Die" Jamiroquai
2010 "Trigger Happy Hands" Placebo
1966 "Trooper's Lament" Barry Sadler
1959 "Turn! Turn! Turn!" Pete Seeger
2014 "Unchain Utopia" Epica
1971 "Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite the World)" The Temptations
1964 "Universal Soldier" Buffy Sainte-Marie
1982 "Under Pressure" Queen ft. David Bowie
2006 "Unknown Soldier" Breaking Benjamin
1973 "Us and Them" Pink Floyd
1991 "Véto de Dieu" Alpha Blondy
2008 "Vinushka" Dir en Grey
2006 "Waiting on the World to Change" John Mayer
1979 "Walked in Line" Joy Division
1976 "War" Bob Marley & The Wailers
1970 "War" Edwin Starr
2014 "War" Linkin Park
2010 "War" The Tengelsens
1998 "War?" System of a Down
1987 "War Baby" Mick Jagger
1990 "War Ensemble" Slayer
2005 "War Is Not a Game" Bill Durston
1970 "War Pigs" Black Sabbath
2015 "War Soldier" Sky Destroyers
1984 "The War Song" Culture Club
1972 "War Song" Neil Young and Graham Nash
2006 "War Sucks, Let's Party!" Anti-Flag
1980 "Wardance" Killing Joke
1992 "Wargasm" L7
2004 "Warrior" Steve Earle
2015 "Wars for Nothing" Boggie
2016 "Wars for Nothing" Richee
1980 "Washington Bullets" The Clash
1978 "Wasted Life" Stiff Little Fingers
2004 "We Are Here to Change the World" Michael Jackson
1981 "We Don't Need the Army" Slime
1984 "We're Not Gonna Take It" Twisted Sister
2005 "We've Got Nothing But Love to Prove" Faith Hill
2004 "We've Had Enough" Michael Jackson
2002 "What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes" Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
2001 "What More Can I Give" Michael Jackson
1965 "What the World Needs Now Is Love" Hal David/Burt Bacharach
1971 "What's Going On" Marvin Gaye
2002 "What's Left of the Flag" Flogging Molly
1974 "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" Nick Lowe
1989 "When the Children Cry" White Lion
2011 "When We Stand Together" Nickelback
1961 "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" Pete Seeger
2003 "Where Is the Love?" The Black Eyed Peas
2010 "White Flag Warrior" Flobots
1980 "Who's Gonna Win the War?" Hawkwind
1982 "Wildest Dreams" Asia
1964 "With God on Our Side" Bob Dylan
2011 "The Words That Maketh Murder" PJ Harvey
2004 "World War" Yellowman
2006 "Worthless War" The Gazette
1981 "Wozu sind Kriege da?" Udo Lindenberg
1969 "The Yard Went On Forever" Richard Harris
1979 "Yihye Tov (It Will Be Good/Things Will Be Better)" David Broza
1995 "Yokel and Idiot" Yoshiji Goto
2009 "Young" Hollywood Undead
1971 "Yours Is No Disgrace" Yes
2007 "Zero Sum" Nine Inch Nails
1994 "Zombie" The Cranberries
1968 "Zor and Zam" The Monkees
1991 "Innuendo" Queen

American Civil War[edit]

Year Song Artist
2009 "Abraham Lincoln" Clutch
2013 "Accidental Racist" Brad Paisley (featuring L.L. Cool J)
2003 "Cross The Green Mountain" Bob Dylan
1969 "Arkansas Grass" Axiom
1995 "Ben McCullough" Steve Earle
1962 "The Big Battle" Johnny Cash
1974 "Billy Don't Be a Hero" Paper Lace
2013 "Bloodshed" Soulfly
2011 "Broken Hymns" Dropkick Murphys
1984 "Charleston Town" Rob Lincoln
2004 "The Devil to Pay" Iced Earth
1987 "Gettysburg" The Brandos
1983 "God Bless Robert E. Lee" Johnny Cash
1963 "In the Hills of Shiloh" Shel Silverstein
1959 "Johnny Reb" Johnny Horton
1968 "The Klan" Richie Havens
2008 "Lone Pine Hill" Justin Townes Earle
1865 "Marching through Georgia (e.g. 1896 version by Gilmore's Band)" Henry Clay Work
1969 "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" The Band
1863 "Poor Kitty Popcorn" Henry C. Work
1991 "Rebel Soldier" Waylon Jennings
1999 "Shiloh Town" Tim Hardin
1998 "Silent Reign of Heroes" Molly Hatchet
1978 "The Southland's Bleeding" Waylon Jennings
1986 "Swan Swan H" R.E.M.
2004 "Tears of God" Josh Turner
1993 "Two Soldiers" Bob Dylan

World War I[edit]

Year Song Artist
2014 "Argonne" Garrison Keillor
1991 "1916" Motörhead
1999 "1917" Linda Ronstadt
1984 "The Accrington Pals" Mike Harding
1982 "All Quiet on the Western Front" Elton John
1990 "All Together Now" The Farm
1972 "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" Eric Bogle
2013 "Bloodshed" Soulfly
1968 "Butcher's Tale (Western Front 1914)" The Zombies
1981 "Cenotaph" This Heat
1977 "Christmas 1914" Mike Harding[2]
1984 "Christmas in the Trenches" John McCutcheon
1980 "Decades" Joy Division
2002 "Don't Sign Up for War" Alistair Hulett and Dave Swarbrick
1985 "Don't Wake the Lion (Too Old to Die Young)" Magnum
1985 "Children's Crusade" Sting
2007 "Field Of Poppies" Dave Gwyther
2009 "Harry Farr" Stray
2009 "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)" Radiohead
1914 "I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier" Peerless Quartet
2000 "I Fought in a War" Belle and Sebastian
1996 "It Could Happen Again" Collin Raye
1936 "Johnny Johnson (musical)" Kurt Weill
1917-1944 "Der Kaiser von Atlantis" Viktor Ullmann
2015 "Kingdom of the Cross" Saxon
1999 "Lost Soldier Son" Chris Brashear
1976 "No Man's Land" aka "Green Fields of France" Eric Bogle
1984 "Northwinds" The Stranglers
2014 "Nuclear" Mike Oldfield
1963 "Oh, What a Lovely War! (musical)" Joan Littlewood
1994 "On Christmas Day" Magnum
1988 "One (Metallica song)" Metallica
2015 "One" Metallica and Lang Lang
1917 "Over There" Billy Murray
2007 "Scream Aim Fire" Bullet for My Valentine
1967 "Snoopy's Christmas" The Royal Guardsmen
1969 "Some Mother's Son" The Kinks
1914 "Stay Down Here Where You Belong" Irving Berlin
1980 "Stop the Cavalry" Jona Lewie
1969 "Yes Sir, No Sir" The Kinks

Mexican–American War[edit]

Year Song Artist
1845 "Once to Every Man and Nation" James R. Lowell

Spanish Civil War[edit]

Year Song Artist
1997 "1936" Sin Dios
1998 "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next" Manic Street Preachers
1937-1939 "Jamie Foyers" Ewan MacColl
2010 "Last Lincoln Vet" Lev Svetek-Zorin
1990 "Lorca's Novena" The Pogues
2003 "Skeletons of Quinto" The Folksmen
1983 "Sketches of Spain" The Nits
1979 "Spanish Bombs" The Clash
1983 "Viva la Quinta Brigada" Christy Moore

Spanish–American War[edit]

Year Song Artist
1926 "The Battleship Maine" Mary C. Mann
1969 "Galveston" Glen Campbell
1975 "Lequi of the National Guard" Bob Connely

American Indian Wars[edit]

Year Song Artist
1964 "Apache Tears" Johnny Cash
2008 "Battle at Little Big Horn" White Lion
1980 "Buffalo Soldier" Bob Marley
1997 "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" Walela
2010 "Calico Indians" Rasputina
1967 "Castles Made of Sand" Jimi Hendrix
1986 "Cherokee" Europe
1960 "Comanche (The Brave Horse)" Johnny Horton
1997 "Cowboy Dan" Modest Mouse
2004 "Creek Mary's Blood" Nightwish
1969 "Custer Died for Your Sins" Floyd Westerman
2007 "Custer Got His... (Anti-Custer Song)" S-cuk Gogs
1992 "Freedom" Rage Against the Machine
1977 "Indian Man" The Charlie Daniels Band
1971 "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)" Paul Revere & The Raiders
1987 "Indians" Anthrax
1971 "Indian Sunset" Elton John
1973 "The Lone Ranger" Oscar Brown
1971 "Then Came the White Man" The Stampeders
2001 "Mick Ryan's Lament" Tim O'Brien and Robert Dunlap
1960 "Mr. Custer" Larry Verne
1964 "Now That The Buffalo's Gone" Buffy Sainte-Marie
2006 "Noble Indian Chief" Hand Full of Peter
1982 "Run to the Hills" Iron Maiden
1971 "Soldier Blue" Buffy Sainte-Marie
1962 "Some Fool Made a Soldier of Me" The Kingston Trio
2001 "Stars and Stripes" Anti-Flag
2002 "Wampum Prayer" Tori Amos
1973 "We Were All Wounded at Wounded Knee" Redbone
1976 "White Man" Queen

World War II[edit]

Year Song Artist
1986 "Angel of Death" Slayer
1979 "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 1)" Pink Floyd
1945 "At Mail Call Today" Gene Autry
1964 "The Ballad of Ira Hayes" Johnny Cash
1943 "Blood on the Risers" World War II Paratrooper Song
2006 "Brighter than a Thousand Suns" Iron Maiden
1979 "Bring the Boys Back Home" Pink Floyd
1968 "Corporal Clegg" Pink Floyd
1942 "Der Fuehrer's Face" Spike Jones
1980 "Enola Gay" Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
1999 "Etiópia" Edson Gomes
1979 "Goodbye Blue Sky" Pink Floyd
1983 "Hiroshima Mon Amour" Alcatrazz
1979 "In the Flesh" Pink Floyd
1969 "Mr. Churchill Says" The Kinks
1942 "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" Kay Kyser and His Orchestra
1984 "Red Sector A" Rush
2003 "Red Ball Express" Scott Miller
1973 "Roads to Moscow" Al Stewart
1944 "Soldiers Last Letter" Ernest Tubb
1993 "Sullivan" Caroline's Spine
1990 "Tailgunner" Iron Maiden
1990 "Take No Prisoners" Megadeth
2010 "Thank You, Mr Churchill" Peter Frampton
2000 "The Rain" Scott Miller
2005 "The War" Angels and Airwaves
1979 "Vera" Pink Floyd
1982 War is Hell (On the Homefront Too)" T.G. Sheppard
1939 "We'll Meet Again" Vera Lynn
1982 "When the Tigers Broke Free" Pink Floyd

Korean War[edit]

Year Song Artist
1974 "The Door" George Jones
1970 "Suicide Is Painless" Johnny Mandel from the film, M*A*S*H

Vietnam War era[edit]

Vietnam War era: Kent State shootings[edit]

Year Song Artist
1970 "Ohio" Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
1971 "Student Demonstration Time" The Beach Boys

Dominican Republic[edit]

Year Song Artist
1966 "The Marines Have Landed on the Shores of Santo Domingo" Phil Ochs

The "Troubles" of Northern Ireland[edit]


Cold War/nuclear annihilation[edit]

Philippine–American War[edit]

Year Song Artist
1901 "The Battle Hymn of the Republic, Updated" Mark Twain

Turkish invasion of Cyprus[edit]

Year Song Artist
1976 "Panagia Mou, Panagia Mou" Mariza Koch and Michael Fotiades

Falklands War[edit]

Contras, Latin America[edit]

Yugoslav Wars[edit]

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

General Middle East[edit]

Year Song Artist
1982 "Rock the Casbah" The Clash

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. ^
  2. ^ Harding, Mike. "Christmas 1914 | Mike Harding". Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Lynn Van Matre (1986-05-01): "Deyoung Answers Call For Vets". Retrieved 03 June 2016.
  4. ^ Andresen, Lee (May 1, 2003). Battle Notes: Music of the Vietnam War. Savage Press. p. 129. 
  5. ^ Cusic, Don (July 30, 2008). Discovering Country Music. ABC-CLIO. p. 97. 
  6. ^ Ives, Simon (2003). "Fun Boy Three". In Buckley, Peter. The Rough Guide to Rock (3rd ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 401. ISBN 978-1-84353-105-0. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "The paranoid rhetoric of the Cold War was parodied in much popular music during the 19805, from Frankie Goes to Hollywood's 'Two Tribes' (1981), Nena's '99 Luft Ballons' (1982), Heaven 17's 'Let's All Make a Bomb'..." Jane Milling, Modern British Playwriting: The 1980s: Voices, Documents, New Interpretations, Methuen Drama, 2012. ISBN 9781408129609. 2013 (p.83)
  8. ^ "The Cruel War (Version 1)". Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  9. ^ "69th New York Songs". Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  10. ^

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