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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) 1 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald Gordon Lightfoot

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slaft added When the Levee Breaks Led Zeppelin

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Amy Boal added American Pie Don McLean

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

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Ohio Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

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Zombie Cranberries

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Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Hotel California Eagles

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Sympathy for the Devil is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Sympathy for the Devil The Rolling Stones

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

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Spanish Bombs The Clash

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RobLein added The Battle of New Orleans Johnny Horton

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Indian Reservation is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Indian Reservation Paul Revere and The Raiders

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slaft added 99 Luftballons Nena, Nena

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slaft added The Longest Day Iron Maiden

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April 29, 1992 Sublime

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Cortez the Killer Neil Young, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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Hurricane is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Biko is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Biko Peter Gabriel

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Misty Mountain Hop is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Misty Mountain Hop Led Zeppelin

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slaft added Suite Madame Blue Styx

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Black Friday is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Black Friday Steely Dan

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Empty Garden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Empty Garden Elton John

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Woodstock Joni Mitchell

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Ludlow Massacre Woody Guthrie

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slaft added Memory of a Free Festival David Bowie

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slaft added Scarborough Fair Simon and Garfunkel

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Little Wing is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Little Wing The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jimi Hendrix

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Casey Jones is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Casey Jones Grateful Dead

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Tweedle De Tweedle Dum, Glenco... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Songs About History

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slaft added Jefferson Jericho Blues Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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She's Leaving Home is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added She's Leaving Home The Beatles

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A Farewell to Kings is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added A Farewell to Kings Rush

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Kathy Holt Davies added MLK U2

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Istanbul (Not Constantinople) They Might Be Giants

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Let Him Dangle Elvis Costello

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

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Massage the History Sonic Youth

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History Chimes Echo & the Bunnymen

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Ancient History Johnny Cash

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slaft added Atlantis Donovan

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Remember is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added Remember The Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon

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Kathy Holt Davies added Sailing to Philadelphia James Taylor

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slaft added Waiting for the Worms Pink Floyd

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In Red Square is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Songs About History
slaft added In Red Square Al Stewart

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Makin' History Cliff Richard

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Kathy Holt Davies added St. James Infirmary Blues The White Stripes

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Abraham, Martin and John is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Songs About History
Marty Hill added Abraham, Martin and John Marvin Gaye