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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The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzge... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Songs About History
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Amy Boal added Don McLean

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Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Eagles

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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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The Clash

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RobLein added Johnny Horton

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

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slaft added Deep Purple, Flashback!, Joe Satriani

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slaft added Led Zeppelin

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slaft added Nena, Nena

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Bruce Springsteen, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

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Moai added Sabaton

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Sublime

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13 11
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They Might Be Giants

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10 9
Hurricane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Bob Dylan

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Neil Young, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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9 8
Indian Reservation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Paul Revere and The Raiders

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Bob Dylan

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slaft added The Clash

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Biko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Peter Gabriel

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Rage Against the Machine

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Black Friday is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Steely Dan