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The most moving songs for Remembrance Day, November 11

One hundred years ago today, at 11 am on November 11, 2018, the guns fell silent on the battlefields of Europe, bringing the bloodiest conflict the world had ever known to that point to an and. The 60 seconds leading up to that moment sounded like this. (An explanation on how this recording was made can be found here.)

Many songs have been written about war, suffering, death, and remembrance and honour of those who died. This is a list of the finest from the world of rock and alt-rock.

1. The Pogues, “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda” (1985)

2. The Men They Couldn’t Hang, “The Green Fields of France” (1985)

3. Billy Joel, Goodnight Saigon (1982)

3. Tom Waits, “Solider’s Things” (1983)

4. The Kinks, “Some Mother’s Son” (1969)

5. The Doors, “The Unknown Soldier” (1968)

6. The Angelic Upstarts, “The Soldier” (1986)

7. Bryan Adams, “Remembrance Day” (1987)

8. The Trews, Highway of Heroes (2016)

9. Nick Mason, Ronnie Wood and Sinead O’Connor, “One More Yard” from The Evermore Project (2018)

10. Dire Straits, “Brothers in Arms” (1985)

11. The Farm, “All Together Now” (1991)

12. The Jam, “Little Boy Soldiers” (1979)

13. Jona Lewie, “Stop the Calvary” (1979)

14. Motorhead, “1916” (1991)

15. Pink Floyd, When the Tigers Broke Free (1982)

Alan Cross

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5 thoughts on “The most moving songs for Remembrance Day, November 11

  • Alan how could you forget this

  • FWIW, Another version of “Green Fields of France” was done by the Dropkick Murphys.

  • Midnight Oil, “Forgotten Years.” Needs to be on this list.

  • I just love “A Pittance of Time” by Terry Kelly, a blind musician/songwriter. It brings tears to my eyes every time.


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