10 Greatest Rock n Roll Vietnam War Music

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Some songs were produced in the hardest of times, and most of the iconic classic rock music was produced during the ’60s and early ’70s during the United States of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Some of the artists on this list spoke out against the Vietnam War that took many of American lives. These are the 10 Greatest Rock n Roll Vietnam War Music.


10. Grand Funk Railroad – “Some Kind of Wonderful”

Good ol’ fashion rock n’ roll that can make anyone happy, it may not be that deep, but it’s got lots of energy in it – defines classic rock!


9. ZZ Top – “La Grange”

Let’s be serious here, the fact that these guys being old and all can still rock a freaking song even if it’s about a whorehouse, pretty admirable right?


8. Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Sweet Home Alabama”

We have to five the credit to Neil Young, thanks to him Lynyrd Skynyrd were inspired to write this song. The song is a reply to “Southern Man” and “Alabama” by Neil Young, but don’t get it wrong, Neil Young and the Skynyrds liked each other.


7. Cream – “White Room”

Like many of the songs from that era, it is full of impressionistic phrases and imagery. It can leave a lot for those people who survived the Vietnam War – depression, alienation, and the cringing paranoia.


6. The Doors – “Riders On The Storm”

This song is all about that being a part of a largely stupid chaotic universe, without even knowing why you were there.


5. Animals – “House of the Rising Sun”

Up to this day, none has been able to identify the true meaning of this song, but it just makes a perfect during the Vietnam War, especially being released in 1964, – perfect time!


4. Chuck Berry – “You Never Can Tell”

This is Chuck Berry, and it’s truly is Rock N’ Roll. Many of Berry’s songs are written from the perspective of young people. And there were a lot of young people who were drafted in the Vietnam War that changed them and got their lives ruined.


3. The Rolling Stones – “Sympathy For The Devil”

Imagine interpreting this song in the Devil’s point of view, it really seems that we’re all to blame for every action we took, – Vietnam War was man-made, still we tend to point fingers.


2. Free – “All Right Now”

Besides just being an awesome rock song, you gotta love the story behind it, you may think that it’s a song about wanting to have sex,- my take on this is it just makes you want to shout!


1. Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Fortunate Son”

The very best antiestablishment song of defiance, it’s both anti-Washington and against the Vietnam War. In 1966, John Fogerty and Doug Clifford enlisted in the Army Reserves, so they can avoid being drafted and shipped to Vietnam. Fortunate Son speaks to the unfairness of class, and whoever dislikes this song are definitely a Senator son.