There are a ton of songs that deal with American or World History. It’s hard to put together a list of good songs that deal with all of the major time periods in history. But my top 10 list here for historical songs, I think fairly reflects a lot of my interests in American and World history. Again, I am a historian and sometimes music is the one key that connects us all of the present with those people of the past.
10: Under the Sign of the Iron Cross, God Dethroned. This record is centered around the horrors of World War One
9. Gettysburg (1863), Iced Earth. This three part song is centered around the Battle of Gettysburg which occurred on July 1-3, 1863.
8. Angel of Death, Slayer. This song deals with the horrors and experiments conducted by Josef Mengele, known as the Angel of Death.
7. Battle of New Orleans, Johnny Horton. This is a really cool song about the Battle of New Orleans that occurred on January 8, 1815. Although, this song is not historically correct in anyway, it’s still part of the music culture and attempts to tell the story of Andrew Jackson taking on British soldiers during the War of 1812.
6. Appomattox, King Giant. On April 9, 1865, the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by Genera Robert E. Lee surrender to General U.S. Grant.
5. Achilles, Agony and Ecstasy in Eight Parts, Manowar. This almost 30 minute song talks about the great battle for Troy based upon Homer’s Iliad.
4. Aces High, Iron Maiden. This song offers a viewpoint of a British RAF pilot fighting against the German Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain that was fought in 1940.
3. Ripper, Judas Priest. The famous unsolved murders of five prostitutes in London conducted Jack the Ripper during the years of 1888–1891.
2. Balls to the Wall, Accept. This song is actually a protest song about the Cold War when East and West clashed with one another, but never hit the nuclear button.
1. Peace Sells…Who’s Buying? Megadeth. This antiwar song deals with American views on killing Communists during the Cold War.