By Larry R. Matthews, Vietnam War Song Page
In growing up and serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War I was very aware of the music from the mid 1960's to early 1970's. That music mirrored the happenings of the time and some of the most interesting music, I feel, was Vietnam related.
In addition to the songs produced during the Vietnam War, there were several excellent ones that came out in the 1980's. These later efforts give more of a logical, historical perspective on the war and deal mostly with the lasting effects on the individual Vietnam Veteran.
Most all of the songs I have listed in this web site do not mention Vietnam by name. But the 9 years of US active combat in Vietnam changed this nation and I believe that none of the following nineteen songs would have been written without the extreme emotion that the war brought to this country. I feel that all of the songs are very interesting and a reflection of the time. When I first began this web site, in deciding which songs to list, the song had to qualify in two ways. I asked (1) "Was it a Top 40 Billboard Song?" and (2) "Would it have existed if Vietnam had not occurred?".
Over the years I changed my mind and have broken the songs down into two categories: The "Top 40 Hits" and some "Honorable Mentions".
Some or all of these songs may be familiar to you. Some you may not have realized to be Vietnam related. In addition to a sample of the song lyrics, performer and writer, I also provide a short scenario or bit of Trivia about the song.
If you have any comments or questions, please E-Mail me below. I read all of my e-mail. But due to the large volume I can only answer those writers whom I feel I can assist in identifying songs or in answering trivia (and trivial questions). If I don't answer your e-mail it's because I don't know the answer to your question. I know it's hard to believe, but I DON'T know all the answers! But keep your e-mails coming. I do enjoy hearing from you!
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For all the lyrics to great Vietnam War Songs, visit the Vietnam War Song Page Web Site