Best Anti-War Songs Ever?
One of my favorite playlists on my iPod is a collection of anti-war songs from the Vietnam era. Even though I was alive for only some of it, the mid-60s/early 70s produced my favorite music — much to the delight of my father, who was a hippie at the time and doesn’t understand why I relate so deeply to the music of his generation. (The answer, I think, is that it was the last great era of mass protest against war in the U.S.) In any case, here are my six favorite anti-war songs from that era, in chronological order:
- Barry McGuire, Eve of Destruction (1965)
- Phil Ochs, I Ain’t Marching Anymore (1965)
- Buffalo Springfield, For What It’s Worth (1966)
- Country Joe & The Fish, I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die-Rag (1967)
- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Ohio (1970)
- Ten Years After, I’d Love to Change the World (1971)
And a bonus 70s lefty song: Paul Revere & The Raiders, Indian Reservation (1971)
Readers, what are your favorite anti-war songs — Vietnam era or otherwise? I need to update my playlist.