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If Veterans Day Had A Soundtrack, I'd Hope These 7 Songs Would Be On It

Veterans Day is a day of celebration. And what's a celebration without a little music? Here are seven songs, handpicked by your friends at Upworthy, for almost any mood.

If Veterans Day Had A Soundtrack, I'd Hope These 7 Songs Would Be On It

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1. "War" by Edwin Starr


"It's pretty bad ass to write a song about a horrific act and manage for it to be smart and funky." — Franchesca Ramsey

2. "Blowing in the Wind" by Bob Dylan

"It's an iconic war protest song from the 1960s that just never gets old." — Brandon Weber

3. "Rooster" by Alice in Chains

"Going to war is scary, but when you're there, all you can think of is how important it is that you're there for you and the people fighting next to you to make it home to your families. But too often when you get home, people don't see you. They see politics. We can do better." — Phoebe Gavin

4. "War Pigs" by Black Sabbath

"It's rare that a war protest song doesn't have folk guitar, has you amped up, calls out the military-industrial complex, admires the poor working-class soldiers who had to do the real fighting, and completely rocks out. And yet here we are." — Adam Mordecai

5. "When the President Talks to God" by Bright Eyes

"One night in college, I tuned in a few minutes early for 'Conan' and caught the end of 'The Tonight Show.' Bright Eyes was the musical guest, and this was the song he played. I remember being absolutely blown away by its brazenness. Its I-can’t-believe-he-actually-just-said-that-on-TV honesty. Sitting there in my dorm room feeling helpless and hopeless about the war in Iraq, it was such an incredible cathartic moment — one that I’ll never forget." — Eric March

6. "Masters of War" by Pearl Jam (original by Bob Dylan)

"Pearl Jam was the band that got me hooked on rock and roll. They were wild and captivating performers. And in time, I got to know them as smart and steadfast critics of all the worst things in the world, including war and violence. There aren't many bands out there who can take on the greats of political rock, like Dylan or Springsteen, but Pearl Jam is one of 'em." — Maz Ali

7. "Fortunate Son" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

"I think about this song every time I see a veteran. If you slow it down, the lyrics'll get ya. 'It ain't me, I ain't no millionaire's son.' To me, CCR's singing about how those who GO to war to serve and the politicians who DECLARE the wars just live on completely different planets. One's a brave planet, and the other one is ... not. *shudder* That ain't right, if you ask me, and I've got family in politics AND in the military!" — Lori White

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