Here are 10 country songs about war. Listening to country songs about war can cause a reaction from even the hardiest individuals. The lyrics in these country songs are a reminder of the trials this country and our soldiers have endured in the name of freedom.
- "Ballad of the Green Berets" – This song from the 1960's was one of the few country songs about the Vietnam war in that era to paint the soldiers in a good light. Written and sung by Sgt. Barry Sandler, this song told the story of Green Beret James Gabriel, Jr. who was the first Hawaiian soldier executed by the Viet Cong in 1962.
- "The Big Battle" – This song by Johnny Cash was written for the civil war but could pertain to any war. It tells of a young soldiers' happiness when the war ended and the grief and pain he endured after the war. The soldier goes home after losing friends and has to deal with facing the reality of war.
- "American Soldier" – A country song that brings it home about our brave soldiers that put their lives on the line. Toby Keith captures the service given by all our soldiers.
- "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning" – This song won the Single of the Year and the Song of the Year in 2002 after the United States was attacked on 9-11. Alan Jackson it puts into words how the citizens of the country reacted to the attack on our homeland.
- "Letters From Home" – A soldier shares (most of) his letters from home with his friends. It's very poignant and you feel what he feels when receiving the long awaited letter from his father who finally says "I love you" to his son. John Michael Montgomery sang straight to our hearts with this one.
- "The Eight of November" – A battle took place on Hill 65 in War Zone D in Vietnam on this date in 1965. This country song is a tale told by Niles Harris, a veteran who survived this date when 48 of his comrades in the Army's 173rd Airborne were killed and hundreds wounded in a battle that found them outnumbered 30 to 1. Written and performed by Big and Rich after much research and planning.
- "If You're Reading This" – This song is supposedly taken from a letter that a soldier wrote, only to be delivered to his family on his death. Sung by Tim McGraw in 2007, it was meant to be a country song to the families of soldiers who have died.
- "Til the Last Shot's Fired" – Trace Atkins sings the tribute to all of our soldiers from the Civil War, Omaha and Vietnam and Afghanistan. He prays for peace but says we will always defend our country "No we can't come home 'til the last shots fired"
- "Ballad of the Alamo" – County great Marty Robbins sings that story of the ill fated "One hundred and eighty five holdin' back five thousand." As one of the original country music singers, this song about fighting Santa Anna while waiting for reinforcements that never came was one of his best.
- "Brothers" – The most heartbreaking of country songs about war. This song by Dean Brody tells of the grief a brother feels when his older brother is leaving for war, his older brother tells him "that's what brothers are for". When he returns in a wheelchair and he hates his younger brother pushing him around, the younger tells his brother "that's what brothers are for". A real tear-jerker.
If you take the time to listen to these country songs about war, they will tell some tales that may be hard to hear but defending this country is something to be proud about.