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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Run to the Hills Iron Maiden

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One Metallica

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The Trooper Iron Maiden

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War Pigs Black Sabbath

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Aces High Iron Maiden

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1916 Motörhead

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Indians Anthrax

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Alexander the Great Iron Maiden

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Disposable Heroes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War
Disposable Heroes Metallica

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The Best Metal Songs About Cheating 16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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The Longest Day Iron Maiden

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Bulls on Parade Rage Against the Machine

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Primo Victoria Sabaton, Tommy Tägtgren

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War? System of a Down

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Black Rain Ozzy Osbourne

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PermaWar Ministry

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This Means War - Avenged Seven... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War

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War Judas Priest

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World Eater Bolt Thrower

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Stalingrad Hail of Bullets

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M.I.A. Avenged Sevenfold

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Middle of Hell Queensrÿche

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Dogs of War Motörhead

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Conquer All Behemoth

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Danger Line - Avenged Sevenfol... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War

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40:1 Sabaton

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Hold at All Costs Iced Earth

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Agent Orange Sodom

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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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Gettysburg (1863) Iced Earth

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Hexagram Deftones

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Ashes of the Wake Lamb of God

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Left to Die Death

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The Time to Kill Is Now Cannibal Corpse

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The All-Destroying Goatwhore

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Soldiers - Otherwise is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War

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War Paint Svffer

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A Farewell to Arms Machine Head