View Full Version : Anti-War songs?

July 17th, 2016, 09:55 PM
Just wondering how many music songs covew this topic. Mainly cause I just found one, and while it did make me cry I sorta want to collect them. The song's name is Please, Don't Have Laid Down Your Life sung by Gumi-vocaloid-. Mainly since it reminds me of the stories I've heard of my great grandfather after WWII and how it ruined his life and future, and they didn't help him since he was younger than enrollment, yet let him in.

July 18th, 2016, 06:01 PM
I believe quite a few songs from the album "The Wall" by Pink Floyd have an anti-war theme.

July 18th, 2016, 06:33 PM
"Fortunate Son" by Creedence Clearwater Revival... lots of other songs from the late 60's

Bad Religion and System of a Down I know have quite a few songs that could be anti-war/government.

Faith Collapsing
July 19th, 2016, 05:03 PM
Perhaps the most anti-war songs can be found in the genres of punk, folk, and metal. Honestly, some of my favorite songs from all those genres are anti-war(i.e One, Blowin' in the wind, War Pigs, Washington Bullets, etc.).

July 19th, 2016, 05:08 PM

July 21st, 2016, 11:18 AM
My favorite war-protest song is "Day After Tomorrow" by Tom Waits. It's a sad song and protests the Iraq/Afghanistan war.

July 21st, 2016, 02:45 PM
"When Johnny comes Marching Home"

July 21st, 2016, 02:58 PM
My dad has the Woodstock record. (Granddad has Woodstock tickets). Country Joe and the Fish "One, Two, Three, what are fighting for? Don't ask me I don't give a damn, next stop is Viet Nam."

July 23rd, 2016, 10:29 AM

Oh no-there's got to be a better way
Say it again
There's got to be a better way-yeah
What is it good for?
War has caused unrest
Among the younger generation
Induction then destruction
Who wants to die?
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing
Say it again
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing
War-I despise
'Cause it means destruction
Of innocent lives
War means tears
To thousands of mothers how
When their sons go off to fight
And lose their lives
I said
It's an enemy of all mankind
No point of war
'Cause you're a man
War has caused unrest
Among the younger generation
Induction then destruction
Who wants to die?
Give it to me one time-now
Give it to me one time-now
War has shattered
Many young men's dreams
We've got no place for it today
They say we must fight to keep our freedom
But Lord, there's just got to be a better way
It ain't nothing but a heartbreaker
Friend only to the undertaker
War-good God, now
Give it to me one time now
Now now
What is it good for?

Professional Russian
July 23rd, 2016, 11:07 AM
hero of war by rise against was anti war. fortunate son by ccr. I was only 19 by redgum. theres a few others I can't think of right now

July 23rd, 2016, 04:27 PM
It's a miracle by Queen is sort of what your talking about.

The Byrd
July 25th, 2016, 01:49 PM
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July 26th, 2016, 06:52 PM
Definetely famous "Imagine" by John Lennon. And the cover for it made by A Perfect Circle. Both versions are amazing!

July 29th, 2016, 06:07 PM
B.Y.O.B., Boom!, Deer Dance, Prison Song- all by System of a Down

January 2nd, 2017, 05:28 PM
Thank you all, only reason I am just now responding is cause I finnaly have a device of my own again.

January 6th, 2017, 05:47 AM
I know the anti-war songs:

Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire


Let the Sunshine In from Musical Hair

Bob billy
January 7th, 2017, 02:41 PM
I'm pretty sure fortunate son by creedance is antiwar

January 8th, 2017, 07:20 PM
Have You Ever Seen the Rain - CCR

January 10th, 2017, 10:28 PM
"Fortunate Son" - CCR

January 11th, 2017, 11:09 PM
hero of war - rise against

January 19th, 2017, 09:58 AM
all songs by anti-flag, perhaps?
also 'The Unknown Soldier' by The Doors is against war too

January 19th, 2017, 02:50 PM
From Metallica: Fight Fire with Fire, For Whom the bell tolls, One, Disposable hero, Confusion.
From Iron Maiden: 2 Minutes to Midnight, These colours don't run. brighter than a thousand suns
Blind Guardian: Battalions of fear
Sepultura: Troops of Doom
And a lot I do forget in moment

January 21st, 2017, 09:58 AM
Guns n Roses Civil War
30 Seconds to Mars This is War
Serj Tankian Empty Walls
The Cranberries Zombie
Phil Ochs I ain't marching anymore

just a view I can think of at the moment

January 21st, 2017, 10:16 AM
Some day at Christmas by Stevie Wonder
The ghost of you by MCR
Cease Fire by Christina Aguilera
Where is the Love by Black Eyed Peas

Space Delta
January 21st, 2017, 11:40 AM
Not exactly a song, but a poem recited as such. It laments the cruelty which takes place under military rule.


February 19th, 2017, 03:53 AM
See also in Wikipedia "Anti war songs"

February 19th, 2017, 12:04 PM
I believe "Born in the U.S.A" is anti-war, specifically the Vietnam War

February 26th, 2017, 08:36 PM
Blowin In The Wind-Where Have All The Flowers Gone-
my GrandDads favs also.

March 27th, 2017, 12:46 AM
John Lennon - Imagine - it's kind of pro communist/anti-war song in my opinion.

April 18th, 2017, 11:52 PM
You know, I'm not sure it is ANTI-war, but Billy Joel's piece "Goodnight Saigon" paints a very vivid picture of war and the experiences of those who laid down their lives in Vietnam. It is hardly glamorous and I think I would go so far as to consider it anti-war. You can check it out.

April 30th, 2017, 09:19 PM
"Fortunate Son" - Credence Clearwater Revival (CCR)

This song was written during the Viet Nam war era (1969). It's classed as an anti-war song. But strictly speaking it's more of a protest song in support of the soldiers who went to Viet Nam and against those who avoided the war because of privilege or connections.

May 1st, 2017, 11:18 PM
One of the biggest ones without a doubt is "Fortunate Son" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. It's of course all about the Vietnam War and how the draft was designed to benefit the wealthy. You didn't need to go fight in the war if you were a student at a university or if you had a family. The big one was university. Some other popular anti-war songs are as follows:

Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen
Paint it Black - Rolling Stones
Pigs - Pink Floyd
Ohio - Crosby Stills, Nash and Young
Imagine - John Lennon

June 22nd, 2017, 05:15 PM
I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag by Country Joe McDonald



Barry McGuire - Eve of Destruction