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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Run to the Hills Iron Maiden

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Aces High Iron Maiden

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Holy Wars (The Punishment Due) is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War
L1011Widebody added Holy Wars (The Punishment Due) Megadeth - How can you forget about Holy Wars? It's almost the greatest Megadeth song ever!

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Primo Victoria Sabaton, Tommy Tägtgren

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Alexander the Great Iron Maiden

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40:1 Sabaton

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Paschendale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War
Dr.Tachyon added Paschendale Iron Maiden

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Costas Smaseliaf added Disposable Heroes Metallica

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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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acerrrr12 added Stalingrad Sabaton

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B.Y.O.B. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War
Sawer37 added B.Y.O.B. System of a Down

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War Ensemble Slayer

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War Is the Answer Five Finger Death Punch

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War Judas Priest

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Gettysburg (1863) Iced Earth

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Bulls on Parade Rage Against the Machine

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War? System of a Down

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Dogs of War Motörhead

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Danger Line - Avenged Sevenfol... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War
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This Means War - Avenged Seven... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War
Steven Matthews Jr. added This Means War - Avenged Sevenfold

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Soldiers - Otherwise is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War
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Agent Orange Sodom

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Robert Brogdon added Shades of War Testament

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M.I.A. Avenged Sevenfold

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Left to Die Death

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Ghosts of War Slayer

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World Eater Bolt Thrower

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Inside the Wire Bolt Thrower

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Fallen Empires God Dethroned

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Black Rain Ozzy Osbourne

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Hold at All Costs Iced Earth

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Moai added 1741 Alestorm

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Call to Arms Manowar

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Tank (Mk. 1) Bolt Thrower

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Bodies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War
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Scream Aim Fire Bullet for My Valentine

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War Master Bolt Thrower