Songs The Best Songs About History  

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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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Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Eagles

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Amy Boal added Don McLean

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The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzge... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Gordon Lightfoot

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Cranberries

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Sympathy for the Devil is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added The Rolling Stones

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slaft added Deep Purple, Flashback!, Joe Satriani

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

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RobLein added Johnny Horton

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The Clash

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Bruce Springsteen, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

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slaft added Led Zeppelin

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slaft added Nena, Nena

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Moai added Sabaton

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They Might Be Giants

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Sublime

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Indian Reservation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Paul Revere and The Raiders

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Neil Young, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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Biko is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Peter Gabriel

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Rage Against the Machine

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Hurricane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Bob Dylan

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Bob Dylan

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slaft added The Clash

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Moai added Iron Maiden

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slaft added Iron Maiden

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Black Friday is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Steely Dan

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slaft added Simon and Garfunkel

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Misty Mountain Hop is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Led Zeppelin

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slaft added David Bowie

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slaft added Donovan

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Echo & the Bunnymen

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The Greatest Pac-Man Victory i... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Songs About History

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slaft added Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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Casey Jones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Grateful Dead

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Abraham, Martin and John is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Songs About History
Marty Hill added Marvin Gaye

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slaft added Bruce Hornsby & The Range, Bruce Hornsby

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Kathy Holt Davies added The White Stripes

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Kathy Holt Davies added U2

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A Farewell to Kings is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Rush

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slaft added John Lee Hooker

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Less Than Jake

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She's Leaving Home is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added The Beatles

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slaft added Pink Floyd

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Tweedle De Tweedle Dum, Glenco... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Songs About History

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Joni Mitchell

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System of a Down

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