Top 10 War Themed Punk Songs

Punk rock, for the most part, has a massive anti-war ethos underneath the the look and attitude. Many punk bands have an underlying political agenda and it comes out through their lyrics and imagry. There are literally dozens of war themed songs in the genre, and with the current state of the world, they serve a purpose as a peaceful protest. War is shitty, but it surrounds us and therefore has really influenced me lately. This is me hitting back with something peaceful. So, alas, here are ten war themed punk songs that you can blast while watching the shitty news.

Ramones – Commando

“They do their best, they do what they can
They get them ready for Vietnam
From old Hanoi to East Berlin
Commando, involved again”

DOA – World War 3

“We’re pawns in the middle, sittin ducks with no acquittal
They’re gonna make us fight, protectin oil is our right
Unlock them now on the flag deck, Soviet bombers you’re gonna net
It’s breakin up the Richter scale, bombs away, they’re gonna sail
No human lives stand in the way, cause we’re on our way to a new
clear day”

Talking Heads – Life During Wartime

“Heard of a van that is loaded with weapons,
packed up and ready to go
Heard of some gravesites, out by the highway,
a place where nobody knows
The sound of gunfire, off in the distance,
I’m getting used to it now
Lived in a brownstore, lived in the ghetto,
I’ve lived all over this town”

The Damned – Born to Kill

“Born to kill
Born to kill
Born to kill
Born to kill”

The Clash – Hate and War

“An’ if I get aggression
I give it to them two time back
Every day it’s just the same
With hate an’ war on my back”

Fear – Let’s Have a War

“Let’s have a war
So you can go and die!
Let’s have a war!
We could all use the money!
Let’s have a war!
We need the space!
Let’s have a war!
Clean out this place!”

Stiff Little Fingers – Suspect Device

“They play their games of power
They mark and cut the pack
They deal us to the bottom
But what do they put back?”

Descendents – M-16

“Go Shoot Your M-16”

UK Subs – Warhead

“While the heads of state are having their fun
Are they ready?
We’re looking at the world through the barrel of a gun
Are we ready?
And you stand there beating on your little war drum
Are you ready?
And it won’t be long before your time has come
Are you ready?”

Bad Religion – Let Them Eat War

“Who never stole from the rich to give to the poor
All they ever gave to them was a war
And a foreign enemy to deplore ”

War doesn’t look like it’s going to end for a while, so expect more of these articles. Too bad these assholes don’t pick up guitars instead of guns.

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