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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One Metallica

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War Pigs Black Sabbath

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Run to the Hills Iron Maiden

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Aces High Iron Maiden

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Primo Victoria Sabaton, Tommy Tägtgren

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Holy Wars (The Punishment Due) is listed (or ranked) 7 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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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
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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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War Ensemble Slayer

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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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Dogs of War Motörhead

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B.Y.O.B. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War
Sawer37 added B.Y.O.B. System of a Down

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Robert Brogdon added Shades of War Testament

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War? System of a Down

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War Is the Answer Five Finger Death Punch

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Agent Orange Sodom

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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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This Means War - Avenged Seven... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War
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Soldiers - Otherwise is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War
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M.I.A. Avenged Sevenfold

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Ghosts of War Slayer

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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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Left to Die Death

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World Eater Bolt Thrower

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Tank (Mk. 1) Bolt Thrower

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Hold at All Costs Iced Earth

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War Master Bolt Thrower

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Eternal War Bolt Thrower

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The All-Destroying Goatwhore

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