American War Songs

Rock/Folk/Country Songs about Wars & Guns. Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Civil War. Goes well with Veterans Day!

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This playlist is a nostalgic journey featuring a selection of timeless songs that have graced the screen in the iconic movie “Forrest Gump.” These tunes span various decades and musical genres, making them a perfect soundtrack for reliving the film’s memorable moments.

From Johnnie Wright’s country hit “Hello Vietnam” and The Box Tops’ rock-pop classic “The Letter” to Johnny Cash’s patriotic anthem “Ragged Old Flag” and Jimmy Dean’s tribute to John F. Kennedy in “PT-109,” these songs capture the essence of their respective eras and add depth to the playlist’s historical and emotional appeal. Whether you’re revisiting the movie or simply enjoying the music, this playlist offers a rich and diverse musical experience.

I’d like to point out that this playlist consists of both anti-war songs and pro-war songs. It’s a mix, but they’re all good songs. If you dig this playlist, you’ll totally vibe with my other lineup of Vietnam War songs!

1.Hello Vietnam

Johnnie Wright

Released: 1965

 “Hello Vietnam” spent twenty weeks on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart with three weeks at number one.

2. The Letter

The Box Tops

Released: 1967

3. Lyndon Johnson Told The Nation

Tom Paxton

Album: Ain't That News
Released: 1965

4. Ragged Old Flag

Johnny Cash

Album: Ragged Old Flag
Released: 1974

5. PT-109

Jimmy Dean

Released: 1962

PT-109” is a 1962 song by Jimmy Dean about the combat service of John F. Kennedy and the crew of the PT-109 in World War II

6. Billy Don't Be a Hero

Paper Lace

Released: 1974

“Billy Don’t Be a Hero” is a 1974 pop song that was first a UK hit for Paper Lace and then, some months later, a US hit. Because the song was released in 1974, it was associated by some listeners with the Vietnam War, though the war to which it actually refers is never identified in the lyrics.

7. We Gotta Get Out of This Place

The Animals

Released: 1965

We Gotta Get Out of This Place“, occasionally written “We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place“, is a rock song written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and recorded as a 1965 hit single by the Animals. It has become an iconic song of its type and was immensely popular with United States Armed Forces G.I.s during the Vietnam War , resonating deeply with the experiences of those in conflict, much like Eric Burdon‘s powerful vocals in “House of the Rising Sun,” another memorable track.

8. Johnny Reb

Johnny Horton

Released: 1959

9. The Army of the Free

Tennessee Ernie Ford

Released: 1961

10. Armed Forces Medley

The Army Field Band