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. Give us yours
One Movie -- superb anti-war soundtrack
- The soundtrack of "Strawberry Statement" is an outstanding 2 LP & difficult to find CD Anti-war themed movie. CS&N, Joan Baez, Buffy St. Marie, etc. cuts !!
- —Guest Rog
holiday in combodia by dead kennedys
- it's the best of the hole era , i really wonder why it's not metioned yet so at least i think is a really good punk rock song about vietnam war
- —Guest mouad
Um, What about Jimi Richie?
- Hendrix - Machine gun, Deep Purple - Child in Time. Legendary tone chasers, so far unmatched by any on this list !
- —Guest Izzyisaac007
- I've been relistening of late to Don McLean's American Pie album and it struck me what a great anti-war song The Grave is.
"The grave that they dug him had flowers
gathered from the hillside
in bright summer colours
and the brown earth bleached white
at the edge of his gravestone
It goes on to build a very tense narractive that's simple and universal.
- —Guest Diggity
- I think Billy Joel's Goodnight Saigon makes a very strong statement.
- —Guest Hugo
- Lest we forget, John Prine: "Your Flag Decal won't get you in to heaven any more, they're already overcrowded from your dirty little war..."
- —Guest Rabbit Fighter
DON'T GIVE A DAMN[PROTEST SONG]
- COUNTRY JOE & THE FISH AT WOODSTOCK OR EVE OF DISTRUCTION
- —Guest TD
these came to mind...
- Unknown Soldier . Doors / What's Goin On . Marvin Gaye / Last Train To Clarksville . The Monkees . People , Lets Stop The war . Grandfunk Railroad . Roll Call . Johnny Cash
- —Guest walrus1951
The Rolling Stones
I need another Rolling Stones greatest hits collection like I need a hole in my head. However, Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket include Paint It,Black and Satisfaction in the movies and on the soundtrack. They seemed to fit perfectly.
- —Guest Otto Greenleaf
Anti War Songs
- Long but the best is "Sky Pilot" by Eric Burdon & the animals. Stunning!
- —Guest Phil Brown
- 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