metal The Best Metal Songs About War  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite metal and hard rock songs about war.

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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The Trooper Iron Maiden

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War Pigs Black Sabbath

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One Metallica

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Aces High Iron Maiden

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Run to the Hills Iron Maiden

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Primo Victoria Sabaton, Tommy Tägtgren

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Alexander the Great Iron Maiden

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Holy Wars (The Punishment Due) is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War
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Paschendale is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War
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40:1 Sabaton

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Indians Anthrax

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The Longest Day Iron Maiden

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1916 Motörhead

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Gettysburg (1863) Iced Earth

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War Judas Priest

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War? System of a Down

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Bulls on Parade Rage Against the Machine

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Agent Orange Sodom

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War Ensemble Slayer

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Danger Line - Avenged Sevenfol... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War
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Tank (Mk. 1) Bolt Thrower

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Inside the Wire Bolt Thrower

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War Is the Answer Five Finger Death Punch

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Dogs of War Motörhead

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This Means War - Avenged Seven... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War
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War Master Bolt Thrower

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Black Rain Ozzy Osbourne

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Under a Darkening Sky God Dethroned

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Fallen Empires God Dethroned

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Eternal War Bolt Thrower

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Soldiers - Otherwise is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War
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World Eater Bolt Thrower

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Hold at All Costs Iced Earth

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Ghosts of War Slayer

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Left to Die Death

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B.Y.O.B. is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War
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Bodies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War
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Bro Hymn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War
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