metal 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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The Trooper Iron Maiden

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Aces High Iron Maiden

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Run to the Hills Iron Maiden

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One Metallica

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War Pigs Black Sabbath

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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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Indians Anthrax

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1916 Motörhead

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The Longest Day Iron Maiden

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Paschendale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War
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Gettysburg (1863) Iced Earth

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War Ensemble Slayer

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War? System of a Down

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War Judas Priest

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Agent Orange Sodom

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Tank (Mk. 1) Bolt Thrower

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Inside the Wire Bolt Thrower

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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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Soldiers - Otherwise is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War
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Ghosts of War Slayer

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Hold at All Costs Iced Earth

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Bulls on Parade Rage Against the Machine

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War Master Bolt Thrower

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War Is the Answer Five Finger Death Punch

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Eternal War Bolt Thrower

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Under a Darkening Sky God Dethroned

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Fallen Empires God Dethroned

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Dogs of War Motörhead

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World Eater Bolt Thrower

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This Means War - Avenged Seven... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Metal Songs About War
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Black Rain Ozzy Osbourne

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Ashes of the Wake Lamb of God

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Left to Die Death

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Conquer All Behemoth

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War Shadows Fall