7 Popular Songs You Never Knew Were About War

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"1999" | Prince
Yes, it might be an awesome dance song, but Prince's "1999" actually reflects the very serious fears people had in the midst of nuclear warfare. The song was ... more 
Photo by: Wikipedia
"1999" | Prince
Yes, it might be an awesome dance song, but Prince's "1999" actually reflects the very serious fears people had in the midst of nuclear warfare. The song was written in 1982 during the Reagan administration, when nuclear attack was a universal threat. The song refers to the fact that while most people expect the world to end in the year 2000, this new presence of bombs makes it possible for the world to end at any given second - so you might as well start partying as if today is your last.


Everybody's got a bomb
We could all die here today
But before I'll let that happen
I'll dance my life away

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Mon, Nov 11, 2013 10:16 AM EST

War: What is it good for? According to Edwin Starr, absolutely nothing, although countless other musicians seem to have found one useful thing about war -- inspiration for some very moving and popular songs. Since people have learned to pick up guns and fight each other, just as many people have learned to pick up their guitar and write about what they see. Not surprisingly, war songs became increasingly popular in the 1960s and 1970s, when the Vietnam War and rock music were both at their heights. We all know some of these protest anthems by heart, such as "Billy Don't Be a Hero," "Gimme Shelter," and "Give Peace a Chance." But there are tons of other popular songs that sprung up during this era that you probably didn't even realize were inspired by war and violence, and that subtle inspiration has continued to permeate lyrics today. Veteran's Day is today, the perfect time to pay our respects to the severity of war and the men and women who have fought/are still fighting. Start by giving a listen to these 7 mainstream hits that have historical and violent backgrounds. Which ones are you most surprised to see? -By Caitlin Morton

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