List of anti-war songs  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

An anti-war song is a musical composition that either states anti-war sentiments directly, or one which is written (by the public and/or critics) as having an anti-war theme. Some show the aspects of war, while others satirize war. Most promote peace, in some form or another, while others speak out against certain specific armed conflicts. Some speak about the physical and psychological destruction warfare causes to the soldiers and to innocent civilians. Many of these songs are considered protest songs, and some have been embraced by various peace movements.

Some popular songs of this variety include:


General peace

American Civil War

World War I

Mexican-American War

  • "Once to Every Man and Nation" – James R Lowell (1845)

Spanish Civil War

Viva La Quinta Brigada - Christy Moore

Spanish-American War

American Indian Wars

"Apache Tears" - Johnny Cash (1964)

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

Kent State shootings

Dominican Republic

  • "The Marines Have Landed on the Shores of Santo Domingo" - Phil Ochs (1966)

The "Troubles"

Gun violence in the United States


Cold War/Nuclear Annihilation

Philippine–American War

Falklands War

Contras, Central America

Gulf War(s), Iraq, 9/11, and the War on Terror

For more songs protesting the Iraq War, see Neil Young's website.

Traditional music

Apart from the various genres of modern music, some traditional and contemporary folk songs reflect the futile efforts of war prior to the major wars of the 20th century. Some of these include:

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