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History is a fascinating subject, so it's no shock it has been explored in song. Enjoy this list about the best songs about history, ranked by your votes. Some of the best songs about history are about specific historical events and others are about famous people who had an impact on history. Many of the top history songs specifically reference history in their titles.

On “We Didn't Start the Fire,” Billy Joel recalls dozens of historic headlines that occurred from 1949 to 1989. “Rosenbergs, H-bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom/Brando, 'The King and I' and 'The Catcher in the Rye,” are a few examples of the references Joel makes throughout this song. Sublime wrote “April 29, 1992” about the L.A. Riots, which is a great song about a specific historical event.

The historic significance of the 9-11 attacks propelled Bruce Springsteen to write an entire album about the time and feelings surrounding the event. His song “The Rising,” which is also the album's title made this list of the best songs about history. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's hit, “Ohio,” is also a good history song.

Do you have a favorite song about history? Let us know in the comments and vote it to the top of this list.

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American Pie Don McLean

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The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzge... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Songs About History

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When the Levee Breaks Led Zeppelin

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Indian Reservation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Songs About History
Indian Reservation Paul Revere and The Raiders

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Ohio Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

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Smoke on the Water Deep Purple, Flashback!, Joe Satriani

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Sympathy for the Devil is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs About History
Sympathy for the Devil The Rolling Stones

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Spanish Bombs The Clash

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Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs About History

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The Rising Bruce Springsteen, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

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Zombie Cranberries

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The Longest Day Iron Maiden

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99 Luftballons Nena, Nena

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Cortez the Killer Neil Young, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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Hurricane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs About History
Hurricane Bob Dylan

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Misty Mountain Hop is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Songs About History
Misty Mountain Hop Led Zeppelin

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White Riot The Clash

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Black Friday is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs About History
Black Friday Steely Dan

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Biko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs About History
Biko Peter Gabriel

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Empty Garden is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs About History
Empty Garden Elton John

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Woodstock Joni Mitchell

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April 29, 1992 Sublime

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Casey Jones is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs About History
Casey Jones Grateful Dead

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Ludlow Massacre Woody Guthrie

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Little Wing is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs About History
Little Wing The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jimi Hendrix

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She's Leaving Home is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Songs About History
She's Leaving Home The Beatles

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MLK U2

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A Farewell to Kings is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Songs About History

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Jefferson Jericho Blues Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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Istanbul (Not Constantinople) They Might Be Giants

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Let Him Dangle Elvis Costello

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The Way It Is Bruce Hornsby & The Range, Bruce Hornsby

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Massage the History Sonic Youth

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Atlantis Donovan

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Ancient History Johnny Cash

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History Chimes Echo & the Bunnymen

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Scarborough Fair Simon and Garfunkel

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Makin' History Cliff Richard

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Tweedle De Tweedle Dum, Glenco... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Songs About History

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Abraham, Martin and John is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Songs About History

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In Red Square is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs About History
In Red Square Al Stewart

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St. James Infirmary Blues The White Stripes

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Remember is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Songs About History
Remember The Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon