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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) 3 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Hotel California Eagles

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Amy Boal added American Pie Don McLean

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The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzge... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald Gordon Lightfoot

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Zombie Cranberries

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

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slaft added Smoke on the Water Deep Purple, Flashback!, Joe Satriani

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slaft added 99 Luftballons Nena, Nena

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slaft added When the Levee Breaks Led Zeppelin

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Spanish Bombs The Clash

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The Rising Bruce Springsteen, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

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Moai added Ghost Division Sabaton

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Ohio Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

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Istanbul (Not Constantinople) They Might Be Giants

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RobLein added The Battle of New Orleans Johnny Horton

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April 29, 1992 Sublime

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

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slaft added White Riot The Clash

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slaft added The Longest Day Iron Maiden

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Indian Reservation is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Indian Reservation Paul Revere and The Raiders

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Black Friday is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Black Friday Steely Dan

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

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Vietnow Rage Against the Machine

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Misty Mountain Hop is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Misty Mountain Hop Led Zeppelin

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Desolation Row Bob Dylan

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Empty Garden is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Empty Garden Elton John

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Ludlow Massacre Woody Guthrie

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slaft added Suite Madame Blue Styx

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slaft added Jefferson Jericho Blues Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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Ancient History Johnny Cash

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Woodstock Joni Mitchell

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Cortez the Killer Neil Young, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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Little Wing is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Little Wing The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jimi Hendrix

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Heresy Rush

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The Greatest Pac-Man Victory i... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Songs About History

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History Chimes Echo & the Bunnymen

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slaft added Memory of a Free Festival David Bowie

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slaft added The Way It Is Bruce Hornsby & The Range, Bruce Hornsby

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Joan Of Arc Arcade Fire

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slaft added Scarborough Fair Simon and Garfunkel

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Abraham, Martin and John is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Songs About History
Marty Hill added Abraham, Martin and John Marvin Gaye

Jennifer Aniston's Life In Hollywood Has Been Pretty Dark And Depressing

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slaft added Waiting for the Worms Pink Floyd

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slaft added Tupelo Blues John Lee Hooker

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She's Leaving Home is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added She's Leaving Home The Beatles

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Moai added Gyuana (Cult of the Damned) Manowar

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Moai added Paschendale Iron Maiden

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Casey Jones is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Casey Jones Grateful Dead

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slaft added Atlantis Donovan