What is the best song that has history written in it?

I have a research paper due, where i have to find a song classic or contemporary that discusses history and times passed. For ex. "1985" by Bowling for soup, American pie by Don Mclean...the artists use events terms and people associated with a certain time period in history.

14 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    "The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde" - Merle Haggard (about the bank robbers/murderers)

    "The Great Titanic" - Ernest V. Stoneman (about the Titanic's sinking)

    "The Ballad of Ira Hayes" - Johnny Cash (about one of the Marines who raised the flag at Iwo Jima)

    "P.T. 109" - Jimmy Dean (about John F. Kennedy's PT boat that sank during World War II)

    "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" - Gordon Lightfoot (about the sinking of a freighter in a storm on Lake Superior in 1975)

    "Ohio" - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (about a National Guard shooting at Kent State)

    "I Don't Like Mondays" - Boomtown Rats (about Brenda Ann Spencer, who shot up a school playground in San Diego because she didn't like Mondays)

    The entire "Blue and Grey" album by Poco (about the Civil War -- very historically accurate, too, as Rusty Young was a history major in college)

  • dawn
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Seven Spanish Angels- Ray Charles and Willie Nelson

    19 Something- Mark Wills

    Sweet Home Alabama (talks about Watergate and Neil Young's song Southern Man which was denouncing Lynyrd Skynrd and southern rock)

    Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning- Alan Jackson (talks about 9/11)

    Have You Forgotten?- Darryl Worley (9/11)

    Black Velvet- Alannah Myles or Robin Lee (Elvis Presley)

    I Wanna Be Loved Like That- Shenandoah (just talks about Natalie Wood and James Dean, classic actors)

    Battle Of New Orleans- Johnny Horton (talks about the War of 1812)

  • 1 decade ago

    I agree with Amber - the 8th of November is a stirring and moving song by Big & Rich

    I am not always crazy about their music but this song is awsome and stirring it is about a battle in Viet Nam Nov 8 1965 , The wikipedia entry cites the intro by Kris Kristofferson about the history

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Battle Of New Orleans or Sink the Bismarck, both by Johnny Horton

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Buffalo Soldier- Bob Marley (song about buffalo soldiers)

    Candle in the Wind- Elton John (song about Marilyn Monroe)

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  • 1 decade ago

    Battle of New Orleans by Johnny Horton

  • 3 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Bloodhound Gang - A Lapdance Is So Much Better When The Stripper Is Crying

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    We Didn't Start The Fire-Billy Joel

  • 1 decade ago

    ok.. here is a really bad one...

    The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

    Gordon Lightfoot...


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