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Readers Respond: Best anti-war protest songs of the Vietnam era

Responses: 9


The 2011 "Occupy" protests have been likened to the protests against the Vietnam war during the '60s and '70s in their size and persistence. One thing that differentiates the two movements is that the anti-war movement had its own songbook.

Please add your choices for the best anti-war protest songs of the '60s and '70s.

War Pigs/ Black Sabbath

Politicians hide themselves away; they only started the war. Great line and great song.
—Guest Otto Greenleaf

Anti War Songs

Long but the best is "Sky Pilot" by Eric Burdon & the animals. Stunning!
—Guest Phil Brown

Protest Songs

Having been a MAJOR Kink's fan from their start I would add "Yes Sir, No Sir" and "Some Mother's Son" both of which are on the great concept album "Arthur or the decline and fall of The British Empire"

Anti War and protest Music

The entire album by the Jefferson Starship, "Blows Against the Empire" could be included in this category. The first song "Mau Mau" has true revolutionary anger. The song" Child is Coming" foretells a possible messianic hope if he is not corrupted by the government. The idea of a countercultural hijacking of a starship in the name of peace and love is certainly an unrealistic plan. However the theme of the album is a candid diatribe against an empire(government) who cannot see the harm of its direction. I still own the original vinyl and last summer purchased an original vinyl of "After bathing at Baxters" for just $1.00 at a library sale in West Virginia. ! Your site is proof that classic rock will never die and old rockers will be around to educate younger generations of a time when music had value and impact (and musicians had real talent)
—Bruce Simon

Grand Funk protest Song

Another great Vietnam protest song to add to the list from Grand Funk Railroad, "People, Let's Stop The War" on their 1971, E. Pluribus Funk album.
—Guest Bill

Classic Rock Protest Songs

"I Can Feel Him In The Morning" "Take me out to the battlefield, let me hear the shells flying by. Let me hear the sound of the cannons, let me hear them scream and cry. Whoa, can't you hear their dreams, as they tumble to the blood-soaked ground? Whoa, hear them scream for shelter, from the world they never found." Absolutly the best anti-war song ever, it's soft on the ears to trick you into it. But the words are hard and to the point. I've enjoyed this song since the day it came out. Grand Funk is one of the most under rated rock groups ever.
—Guest ourheights

Ozzy responds to War

Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" would be an erstwhile contender. And, while not necessarily "Viet Nam Era:....you could probably use about 20% of Jackson Brown's portfolio/catalog as protest songs; war or cause driven.
—Guest smitty

One More Viet Nam era/error ditty

Joan Baez - "Drug Store Truck Driving Man" on the album "Woodstock" she dedicated the song to Ronald "Ray-Guns", the Father of The "Star Wars/Outer Space" defense system that was never built. She dedicated the song in 1969. Talk about your Visionaries
—Guest smitty

Protest Sogs from the Vietnam Era

These are songs which could be included: Get Together- The Youngbloods Volunteers- Jefferson Airplane Ball of Confusion- The Temptations Hand Me Down World- The Guess Who
—Guest Bruce

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