20 Best Songs About Battles

By Nico Gonzalez

Songs about battles are some of the most powerful pieces of music ever written. They can convey the tragedy and heroism of war in a way that no other form of art can. Here are 20 of the best songs about battles, listed in no particular order.


On Battleship Hill –   PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey - On Battleship Hill

This song is about the Battle of the Somme, one of the deadliest battles in history. The lyrics are haunting and powerful, and the song is performed by PJ Harvey with a raw intensity that makes it unforgettable. Its lyrics include the lines: “On Battleship Hill/Men are ripped apart/And in the mud they lie/In pieces small”. Many listeners will find that line to be one of the most moving and powerful lines in all of music.

Battlestar Scralatchtica –   Incubus

10 Incubus - Battlestar Scralatchtica HQ

Though this is actually a music collection of songs from the TV series Battlestar Galactica, rather than an actual song by Incubus, it still makes the list of greatest songs about battles. This is because one of its 13 music tracks is titled “Sacrifice”, and that song captures not only the toughness and frustration but also the nobility of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming odds, making it one of the most powerful songs about battle ever written.

Choose Your Battles –   Katy Perry

Katy Perry - Choose Your Battles (Official)

This Katy Perry song is a powerful feminist anthem. The lyrics to the chorus include: “You should know me well/By now, you should know/That I’m not afraid of choosing battles/I think we should talk about it.” Of course, these lyrics are relevant for both genders, but this song nevertheless gives voice to the often ignored female perspective in the topic of battle. Its lyrics also include the lines: “I’m not a princess/So don’t you try to rescue me.”

Battleships –   Travis

Travis - Battleships (Official Audio)

This song by Travis is about the futility of war. The lyrics include the lines: “Battleships burning in the night/Never reaching their destination.” This song speaks to the heart of the human experience in battle, and its lyrics are both moving and heartbreaking. Its lyrics also include the lines: “Searchlights crossing in the sky/Everywhere all at once.” Some listeners will find these lyrics to be hauntingly beautiful.

Battles –   Hudson Taylor

Hudson Taylor - Battles

This is a song about pacifism. Its lyrics include the lines: “I’m not your soldier/I will never kill.” These words are powerful and moving, speaking to the heart of many people’s experience with war, at least in their imagination. This song also captures the pain that comes from being forced into battle against one’s will. Its lyrics include the lines: “I will never kill/Even though I’ve been told to.”

Battlesong –   Deltron 3030

Deltron 3030 - Battlesong with lyrics

This song by Deltron 3030 is about how war can bring out the best in people. The lyrics include the lines: “Everyday I wake up with bullets in my cereal/The battlesong starts raging inside of me.” This song captures well the way that people are able to find great courage, resilience, and loyalty when they face a great challenge. It also conveys the way that war can bring out the best and worst in people.

Battles in the North –   Immortal

Immortal - Battles in the North (Full Album)

This song is about the Battle of Stirling Bridge during the Wars of Scottish Independence. The lyrics include: “And we marched on to Stirling Bridge/And we tore it down with our Scottish pride.” Those lyrics capture well the intense power and emotion that can come from a battle among close comrades that share a common goal. Its lyrics also include the lines: “I was there when William Wallace died.”

Daily Battles –   Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke: "Daily Battles"

This song by Thom Yorke is about the mental and emotional battles that people face every day. The lyrics include the lines: “It’s just a matter of time/Before I’m totally fried/In the daily battles.” This song speaks to the way that many people feel overwhelmed and under siege by the challenges of everyday life. It also captures the way that those challenges can wear down one’s resolve and spirit.

Battleship Chains –   Volbeat

Volbeat - Battleship Chains

This song by Volbeat is about the Battle of the Atlantic during World War II. The lyrics include: “Ships sink in the night/And all that’s left are the battleship chains.” This song captures well the way that battle can leave its mark on both people and places long after the fighting has ended. It also speaks to the sacrifices that are often made in battle. Its lyrics include the lines: “A thousand men lost at sea/Still waiting on their promised land.”

Our Battles –   Maria Mena

Maria Mena - Our Battles

This song by Maria Mena is about the challenges of being in a long-term relationship. The lyrics include the lines: “And our battles are never ending/We’re always up against the wall.” These lyrics speak to the way that relationships can be both rewarding and challenging. They also capture the idea that relationships are often a source of ongoing mental and emotional battles. Its lyrics also include the line: “We can’t keep pretending.”

Battleship Graveyard –   The Fall of Troy

The Fall Of Troy "Battleship Graveyard"

This song by The Fall of Troy is about the aftermath of battle. The lyrics include: “The battleship graveyard/Is where you sit and wait to die.” These lyrics capture well the way that battle can leave many soldiers waiting to be rescued, often without much hope. Its lyrics also speak to the way that battle can leave many lives shattered or lost. Some listeners find the way that this song’s music builds to be exciting and even inspiring.

Battleship Grey –   Tiësto

Tiësto - Battleship Grey

This song by Tiësto is about the way that love can sometimes feel like a battle. The lyrics include the lines: “Love is just a battlefield/And we’re fighting for survival.” These lyrics speak to the way that love can be both exciting and challenging. They also capture the idea that love can often be a source of ongoing conflict. Its lyrics also include the line: “And we’re never gonna give up.”

Battles and Brotherhood –   3 Inches of Blood

3 INCHES OF BLOOD - Battles and Brotherhood (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

This song by 3 Inches of Blood is about the bond that is formed between soldiers during battle, and how it can last long after the fighting is over. The lyrics include: “We sailed upon a blazing sea/The captain made our course with death in mind/Our battles grew beneath an evil sun/And we grew strong beside each other.” These lyrics capture well the way that battle can forge strong bonds between people. They also capture the idea that those bonds can last long after the fighting is over.

You Sunk My Battleship –   Emmure

Emmure - You Sunk My Battleship (HQ)

This song by Emmure is about the way that relationships can sometimes feel like a battle. The lyrics include the lines: “You sunk my battleship/You took away my pride.” These lyrics capture well the way that relationships can be both exciting and challenging. They also capture the idea that relationships can often be a source of ongoing conflict. Some listeners find the song’s music to be intense and even aggressive.

108 Battles (of the Mind) –   Kula Shaker

108 Battles (Of The Mind) - Kula Shaker

This song by Kula Shaker is about the way that the mind can often be a battleground. The lyrics include: “In the 108 battles of the mind/I am the only one who survives.” These lyrics capture well the idea that the mind can often be a source of great conflict and struggle. They also speak to the idea that,

Battlestations –   Wolfgang Gartner

Wolfgang Gartner & Kill The Noise - Battlestations

This song by Wolfgang Gartner is about the way that battle can be a source of inspiration. The lyrics include: “I’m in the zone/And I’m ready for war.” These lyrics capture well the idea that battle can sometimes be a source of strength and inspiration. They also speak to the idea that battle can sometimes be a way to find one’s purpose in life.

Battlescars –   OZMA

Ozma "Battlescars" Live on Carnival Destiny

This song by OZMA is about the way that battle can leave its mark on people. The lyrics include: “Battlescars/They never fade away.” These lyrics capture well the idea that battle can leave its mark on people. They also speak to the idea that battle can sometimes be a way to find one’s purpose in life. Its lyrics also include the line: “Battlescars/We never fade away.”

Pick Your Battles –   Petit biscuit

Petit Biscuit & Diplo - Pick Your Battles (VIP Mix)

This song by Petit biscuit is about the way that it is important to pick one’s battles. The lyrics include: “You’ve got to learn to lose/Before you appreciate what you have won.” These lyrics capture well the idea that choosing not to engage in certain battles can be a wise choice. They also speak to the idea that the wisdom to know when to fight is sometimes more important than the act of fighting itself.

Mountain Battles – The Breeders

Bradford Cox - Mountain Battles (The Breeders)

This song by The Breeders is about the way that battle can be a source of strength. The lyrics include: “I’m on my way/I’m taking all my courage.” These lyrics capture well the idea that battle can sometimes be a way to find one’s purpose in life. They also speak to the idea that battle can sometimes be a source of ongoing strength and clarity. Its lyrics also include the line: “All I know is all I need.”

Losing Battles – Acoustic – Josh Ritter

Losing Battles (Acoustic)

This song by Josh Ritter is about the way that people can change over time. The lyrics include: “I’ve seen myself lose battles/But I’ve stayed in the war.” These lyrics capture well the idea that battle can sometimes be a source of ongoing strength and clarity. They also speak to the idea that, like soldiers who have fought in a war, people can change as they move through life. Just as soldiers may lose battles but ultimately win the war, so too can people learn from past mistakes and carry on to live a better life in the future.