songs The Best Metal Songs About War

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What are the best metal songs about war? The theme of war permeates the world of metal music, and is the topic of classic songs by the likes of Metallica, Motorhead, and Black Sabbath. Metal war songs are powerful testaments to how deeply affected artists are by conflict. Music entertains, but it can also educate, and move us. That’s certainly the case with these songs.

Truth: You could fill an entire list (or two, or five) with all of Iron Maiden’s classic metal songs about wars. The band has a long history of, well, history, in its music. Iron Maiden isn’t the only band writing and performing hard rock war songs. Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton’s music focuses almost entirely on historic battles and war. The topic appears throughout Slayer's work. And then there's Amon Amarth, a Viking death metal band. Lucky for you, this list narrows down the catalog a bit, but feel free to add any songs that are missing.

Some of these hard rock songs about war deal with specific battles, while others focus on the effects of the aftermath of a war, and the struggles soldiers and families face when the war is over. Read on, and don't forget to vote up your favorites. 

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War Pigs Black Sabbath

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One Metallica

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The Trooper Iron Maiden

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Run to the Hills Iron Maiden

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Aces High Iron Maiden

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1916 Motörhead

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Alexander the Great Iron Maiden

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The Longest Day Iron Maiden

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Indians Anthrax

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This Means War - Avenged Seven... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War

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War? System of a Down

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Bulls on Parade Rage Against the Machine

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World Eater Bolt Thrower

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Conquer All Behemoth

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Middle of Hell Queensrÿche

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M.I.A. Avenged Sevenfold

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Black Rain Ozzy Osbourne

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Danger Line - Avenged Sevenfol... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War

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Hexagram Deftones

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PermaWar Ministry

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Dogs of War Motörhead

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Stalingrad Hail of Bullets

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Primo Victoria Sabaton, Tommy Tägtgren

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Disposable Heroes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War
Disposable Heroes Metallica

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Ashes of the Wake Lamb of God

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Mother War Decapitated

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Trepaning for Oil Architect

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War Shadows Fall

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War Judas Priest

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Soldiers - Otherwise is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War

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Hold at All Costs Iced Earth

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Agent Orange Sodom

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40:1 Sabaton

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Crippled & Broken Kataklysm

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Scream Aim Fire Bullet for My Valentine

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Steel Inferno Marduk

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Left to Die Death

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Call to Arms Manowar

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The Time to Kill Is Now Cannibal Corpse