List of songs about the Vietnam War

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List of songs about the Vietnam War

This is a list of songs concerning, revolving around, or directly referring to the Vietnam War, or to the Vietnam War's after-effects. For a more complete listing see "Vietnam on Record" at Also see the "Vietnam War Song Project" at

This is an incomplete list of songs, which may never be able to satisfy certain standards for completeness.

Revisions and sourced additions are welcome.

Some popular songs of this variety include:


  • "19" by Paul Hardcastle

  • "1954 Cha Bỏ Quê, 1975 Con Bỏ Nước" by Phạm Duy, about the two large migrations: in 1954 and 1975.

  • "2 + 2 = ?" by The Bob Seger System

  • "50,000 Names" by George Jones (about the Vietnam Memorial wall)

  • "53rd & 3rd - The Ramones

  • "8th of November" by Big & Rich

  • "21st Century Schizoid Man" by King Crimson


  • "About The Vietnamese Friend" by Edmund Iodkovsky & Vano Muradeli

  • "Agent Orange" by Sodom

  • "Agent Orange Song" by Maan Shah

  • "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" by Arlo Guthrie

  • "All My Children of the Sun" by Pete Seeger

  • "American Woman" by The Guess Who

  • "An American Draft Dodger in Thunder Bay" by Sam Roberts

  • "All Along the Watchtower" by Bob Dylan


  • "Bà Mẹ Phù Sa" (Southern Mother) by Phạm Duy - about a peasant woman who hides a government agent when she sees a Vietcong, and in turn hides the Vietcong when she sees a government platoon coming.

  • "Bài Ca Dành Cho Những Xác Người" (Song for the Corpses) by Trinh Cong Son - about the Battle of Huế and the Massacre at Huế

  • "Back in Vietnam" by Lenny Kravitz

  • "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

  • "Ballad of a Crystal Man" by Donovan

  • "Ballad of the Green Berets" by Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler

  • "Ballad of Vietnam" by Ludvick Rummel

  • "Battle Hymn of Lt. Calley" by Terry Nelson

  • "Beach Party Vietnam" by The Dead Milkmen

  • "The Big Parade" by 10,000 Maniacs

  • "Big Time in the Jungle" by Old Crow Medicine Show

  • "Billy Don't Be a Hero" by Paper Lace

  • "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" by Public Enemy

  • "Black Flame" by Renaissance

  • "Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen references The Siege of Khe Sanh among other things

  • "The Boy Who's Never Found" by the Katydids

  • "Bring The Boys Home" by Freda Payne

  • "Bring Them Home" by Pete Seeger

  • "Brothers Under the Bridge" by Bruce Springsteen

  • "Blue and Yellow" by Infamous Ent

  • "Bungle in the Jungle" by Jethro Tull


  • "Ca Dao Mẹ" (Mother's Lullaby) by Trinh Cong Son - about a mother's sacrifices during wartime

  • "The Call Up" by The Clash

  • "Camouflage" by Stan Ridgway

  • "Charlie Don't Surf" by The Clash

  • "Child in Time" by Deep Purple

  • "Cho Một Người Vừa Nằm Xuống" (For a Person Just Fallen Down) by Trinh Cong Son - dedicated to Lưu Kim Cương, a friend of the author who died in battle. Who is a South Vietnamese Air Force pilot.

  • "Civil War" by Guns N Roses

  • "Clean Cut Kid" by Bob Dylan

  • "Commando" by The Ramones

  • "Compared To What" by Gene McDaniels

  • "Compulsory Hero" by 1927 - deals with conscription in Australia during the Vietnam War

  • "Copperhead Road" by Steve Earle

  • "Cops of the World" by Phil Ochs


  • "Daddy Won't Be Home Anymore" by Dolly Parton

  • "Đại Bác Ru Đêm" (Cannon's Night Lullaby) by Trinh Cong Son - about bombardment in the city

  • "Dân Ta Vẫn Sống" (Our People Still Lives) by Trinh Cong Son

  • "Daniel" by Elton John - the verse dealing most specifically with the Vietnam War was removed by lyricist Bernie Taupin shortly before being recorded.

  • "Dear Uncle Sam" by Loretta Lynn

  • "Did You Ever See Me" by Shrubs

  • "Disposable Heroes" by Metallica

  • "Do The Russians Want War?" by Mark Bernes

  • "Đợi Có Một Ngày" (Wait Until the Day) by Trinh Cong Son - expressing the author's desire for peace

  • "Đồng Dao Hoà Bình" (Children's Song of Peace) by Trinh Cong Son

  • "Don't Walk Away" by Shrubs

  • "Draft Dodger Rag" by Phil Ochs

  • "Draft Morning" by The Byrds

  • "Draft Resister" by Steppenwolf

  • "Drive On" by Johnny Cash


  • "Edge of Darkness" by Iron Maiden

  • "Eve of Destruction" by Barry McGuire

  • "Everyday Combat" by Lostprophets


  • "The Fightin' Side of Me" by Merle Haggard

  • "First Vietnamese War" by the Black Angels

  • "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield

  • "Fortunate Son" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

  • "Front Line" by Stevie Wonder


  • "Galveston" by Glen Campbell

  • "Galveston Bay" by Bruce Springsteen

  • "Giải phóng miền Nam" (Liberate the South) by Huỳnh Minh Siêng

  • "Gia Tài Của Mẹ" (A Mother's Legacy) by Trinh Cong Son

  • "Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones

  • "Giọt Nước Mắt Cho Quê Hương" (A Teardrop for Homeland) by Trinh Cong Son

  • "Give Peace a Chance" by John Lennon

  • "Godspeed" by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

  • "Goodnight Saigon" by Billy Joel


  • "Hallelujah Day" by Jackson 5

  • "Handsome Johnny" by Richie Havens

  • "Hands Off Vietnam!" by Dzhilda Mazheykayte

  • "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" by John Lennon

  • "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

  • "Hát Trên Những Xác Người" (Singing on Corpses) by Trinh Cong Son - written following the Tet Offensive

  • "Hallå Där Bonde" (Hello there Farmer) by Knutna Nävar

  • "Hello Vietnam" by Johnnie Wright (also recorded by Dave Dudley)

  • "Here's to the State of Richard Nixon" by Phil Ochs

  • "High" by Richard Marx

  • "Home" by Mac Davis. Also recorded by Gary Puckett & the Union Gap

  • "Ho Chi Minh City" by *Shrubs

  • "Huế Sài Gòn Hà Nội" (Huế, Saigon, Hanoi) by Trinh Cong Son - expresses the author's desire for a peaceful, united Vietnam

  • "Human Being Lawnmower" by MC5

  • "Huyền Sử Một Người Mang Tên Quốc" (Ballad of a Person named Quốc) by Phạm Duy about Phạm Phú Quốc, a RVAF pilot who bombed the Independence Palace in Saigon. He was shot down in North Vietnam in a mission to bomb the North. This song reflected his bravery, his mission and his lost


  • "I Ain't Marching Anymore" by Phil Ochs

  • "I Can't Write Left-Handed" by Bill Withers

  • "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag" by Country Joe and the Fish

  • "I Have Seen the Rain" by Pink (featuring James T. Moore, her father)

  • "I'm Your Captain (Closer to Home)" by Grand Funk Railroad

  • "In the Name of John" (Russian: "Во имя Джона") by unknown Soviet military advisor

  • "Inoculated City" by The Clash

  • "Into the Fire" by Sabaton

  • "I Should Be Proud" by Martha and the Vandellas

  • "It Better End Soon" by Chicago

  • "It's Good News Week" by Hedgehoppers Anonymous

  • "I Was Only Nineteen (A Walk in the Light Green)" by Redgum

  • "Imagine" by John Lennon

  • "I've Seen All Good People" by Yes


  • "Jacknife Johnny" by Alice Cooper

  • "Jimmy Newman" by Tom Paxton

  • "Jimmy's Road" by Willie Nelson

  • "Johnny Come Lately" by Steve Earle


  • "Kentucky Kid" by Yuri Vizbor

  • "Khe Sanh" by Cold Chisel

  • "Kill for Peace" by The Fugs

  • "King Henry" by Pete Seeger


  • "Last Train to Nuremberg" by Pete Seeger

  • "Letters from Vietnam" by B.o.B

  • "Lost in the Flood" by Bruce Springsteen

  • "Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation" by Tom Paxton


  • M-16, concept album about the Vietnam War, by Sodom

  • "Machine Gun" by Band of Gypsys (Jimi Hendrix)

  • "Masters of War" by Bob Dylan

  • "Medieval" by James

  • "Memento Mori" by Patti Smith

  • "Monk Time" by The Monks

  • "Monster" by Steppenwolf

  • "Moratorium" by Buffy Sainte-Marie

  • "More Than a Name on a Wall" by The Statler Brothers

  • "Một Buổi Sáng Mùa Xuân" (One Spring Morning) by Trinh Cong Son - about a child killed by landmine

  • "Mother, Where Is My Father" by David Peel & the Lower East Side

  • "Mountain" by Manowar

  • "My Name is Lisa Kalvelage" by Pete Seeger about a mother, a War-bride from Germany, who speaks out against the war

  • "My Son John" by Tom Paxton


  • "The Nang, the Front, the Bush and the Shit" by El-P

  • "Near Thái Nguyên Bridge" by Alexander Gusev

  • "Như có Bác Hồ trong ngày vui đại thắng" (If Only Uncle Ho was Here On the Day of Victory) by Phạm Tuyên.

  • "Nối Vòng Tay Lớn" (Joining Hands) by Trinh Cong Son - expresses the author's wish for peace. This song was played on the radio after the communist forces took over Saigon's radio station during the Fall of Saigon.


  • "Oh! Camil (The Winter Soldier)" by Graham Nash

  • "Ohio" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

  • "Okie from Muskogee" by Merle Haggard

  • "Old Hippie" by The Bellamy Brothers

  • "Old Porch Swing" by Eddy Arnold

  • "Orange Crush" by R.E.M.

  • "Over And Out" by Alkaline Trio


  • "Peace Train" by Cat Stevens

  • "Peace Will Come" by Tom Paxton

  • "Penny Evans" by Steve Goodman

  • "People, Let's Stop the War" by Grand Funk Railroad

  • "Phantom" (Russian: "Фантом") — Russian song by unknown author.

  • "Price of Paradise" by The Minutemen

  • "Pull Out The Pin" by Kate Bush

  • "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix

  • "Purple Heart" by Sabaton


  • "Question" by The Moody Blues


  • "Rachel’s Coming Home" (aka "Rachel") by Russell Morris

  • "Raymond" by Brett Eldredge

  • "Red" by Barefoot Truth

  • "Reflected Prayer" by Shrubs

  • "Reflections of My Life" by The Marmalade

  • "Remember the Heroes" by Sammy Hagar

  • "Requiem for the Masses" by The Association

  • "Revolution" by The Beatles

  • "Revolution 1" by The Beatles

  • "Riding With Private Malone" by David Ball

  • "Road of Life" by unknown Soviet military transportation officer

  • "Rooster" by Alice in Chains

  • "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition

  • "Run Through the Jungle" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

  • "Running Gun Blues" by David Bowie


  • "Saigon Bride" by Joan Baez

  • "Saigon Ơi Vĩnh Biệt" (Saigon, Goodbye) by Nam Lộc - an anthem for Vietnamese refugees having to flee their homeland after the Fall of Saigon.

  • "Sam Stone" by John Prine

  • "Save The Country" by The Fifth Dimension

  • "Sean Flynn" by The Clash

  • "Search and Destroy" by The Stooges

  • "Shut Out The Lights" by Bruce Springsteen deals with Post-traumatic stress disorder of a returning veteran

  • "Simple Song of Freedom" by Bobby Darin

  • "Singin' in Vietnam Talkin' Blues" by Johnny Cash

  • "Skies on Fire" by AC/DC

  • "Sky Pilot", written by Eric Burdon, recorded by The Animals

  • "Smiley" by Ronnie Burns

  • "Something to Believe In" by Poison

  • "Spitting" by Rocket From The Crypt

  • "Still in Saigon" by the Charlie Daniels Band

  • "Straight to Hell" by The Clash - deals with the abandonment of Vietnamese children fathered by American soldiers

  • "Sunshine" by Jonathon Edwards

  • "Surrender" by Cheap Trick

  • "Sympathy For The Devil" By The Rolling Stones


  • "Talking Vietnam" by Phil Ochs

  • "Talking Vietnam Potluck Blues" by Tom Paxton

  • "Ta Phải Thấy Mặt Trời" (We Must See the Sun) by Trinh Cong Son

  • "That Black Wall" by Danny Barnes

  • "Three-Five-Zero-Zero" from the musical, Hair

  • "Tình Ca Người Mất Trí" (Love Song of Someone Who Lost Their Mind) by Trinh Cong Son - women with lovers who are soldiers

  • "This Ain't Nothing" by Craig Morgan

  • "To Susan on the West Coast Waiting" by Donovan

  • "Travelin' Soldier" by Bruce Robison (popularized by the Dixie Chicks)

  • "Trường Sơn Đông - Trường Sơn Tây" by Hoàng Hiệp, from a poem by Phạm Tiến Duật, about PAVN soldiers on the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

  • "Spiral of Violence" by Whiplash

  • "Track of my Tears" by Smokey Robinson


  • "Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story" by Jedi Mind Tricks

  • "Universal Soldier", written and recorded by Buffy Sainte-Marie; also recorded by Donovan

  • "Unknown Soldier" by The Doors


  • "Vietnam" by Phil Ochs

  • "Vietnam" by J. B. Lenoir

  • "Vietnam" by Jimmy Cliff

  • "Vietnam" by Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards

  • "Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh" by Ái Vân and The Blue Guitars

  • "Vietnam Talkin' Blues" by Johnny Cash

  • "Vietnamese Baby" by New York Dolls

  • "Viet Nam Blues" by Kris Kristofferson (also recorded by Dave Dudley)

  • "Vietnow" by Rage Against The Machine

  • "Volunteers" by Jefferson Airplane


  • "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy" by Pete Seeger

  • "Walking on a Thin Line" by Huey Lewis and the News

  • "Wake Up" by Rage Against the Machine

  • "Wandering the swamps of Vietnam" by unknown Soviet military advisor

  • "War" by Edwin Starr

  • "War Games" by The Monkees

  • "The War Drags On" written and recorded by Mick Softley; also recorded by Donovan

  • "The War Is Over" by Phil Ochs

  • " We Just Did What we Were Told" by Don Forbes

  • "War Pigs" by Black Sabbath - written about the politicians who were responsible for the war.[1]

  • "War Sucks" by The Red Krayola

  • "Welterusten Meneer de President" by Boudewijn de Groot

  • "What Are You Fighting For" by Phil Ochs

  • "What's Going On?" by Marvin Gaye

  • "Where Are You Now, My Son?" by Joan Baez

  • "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" by Pete Seeger

  • "White Boots Marching In A Yellow Land" by Phil Ochs

  • "The Willing Conscript" by Tom Paxton

  • "Wild Irish Rose" by George Jones - about a homeless, alcoholic Vietnam veteran[2]


  • "Yellow River" by Christie

  • "You Haven't Done Nothin'" by Stevie Wonder

  • "Youngstown" by Bruce Springsteen

  • "Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore" by John Prine

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