These songs have been grouped by composer. I do not have copies of these songs posted due to copyright. However, they should not be too hard to find. You Tube and I Tunes should have most of these songs. If you look at You Tube you can see videos of primary source footage accompanying these songs. You can also make a playlist on If your school does not allow access to You Tube or other social networking sites, you can download the songs from I Tunes or find a cd. If you need a worksheet to use with these songs a good one can be found at

The Partisan - Translated by Hy Zaret (There are several versions of this song. Leonard Cohen's version is easiest to find but, there are others if you prefer.) (French Resistance)

The Mesopotamians - They Might be Giants

James K Polk - They Might be Giants

Alphabet of Nations - They Might be Giants

Black Day in July - Gordon Lightfoot (Race Riots)

Canadian Railroad Trilogy - Gordon Lightfoot (Also relevant for US transcontinental rr)

Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot

Little Boxes - Malvina Reynolds (1950's Suburban Culture)

Woodstock - Matthews Southern Comfort

Lay Down (Candles in the Rain) -Melanie (Also about Woodstock)

Sacco and Vanzetti - Woody Guthrie

1913 Massacre - Woody Guthrie

Pretty Boy Floyd - Woody Guthrie

Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire (War protest etc)

We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel (Cold War events)

My Generation - The Who (1960's)

Tom Dooley - Kingston Trio (A song inaccurately describing a civil war event)

Red, White and Blue - Toby Keith (A perspective on post 9/11 USA)

The Rising - Bruce Springsteen (A different perspective on 9/11)

Battle of New Orleans - Horton

Sink the Bismarck - Horton

Richie Valens - Oh Donna (early rock and roll)

Heartbreak Hotel -Elvis

Subterranean Homesick Blues - Bob Dylan (The lyrics of this song inspired the name of the protest group "The Weathermen") CAUTION PREVIEW BEFORE PLAYING

Fixing to die Rag - Country Joe MacDonald (Vietnam) PREVIEW BEFORE PLAYING (Find a version without the "F" word)

After you've Gone and Cakewalking Babies - Bessie Smith (Harlem Renaissance)

Midnight Special, In the Pines, etc - Heddie Ledbetter (Leadbelly)

Joan of Arc - Leonard Cohen

Ballad of the Green Berets - The Green Berets (Vietnam)

Hiroshima - Wishful Thinking (Wishful thinking is the band's name)

Marching Through Georgia - 97th Regimental String Band (Civil War)

When Johnny Comes Marching Home - 97th Regimental String Band (Civil War)

Allentown - Billy Joel

Ohio - Tom Petty (Kent State Protests)

When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin (Mississippi Flood of 1927)

Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2 (Bloody Sunday)

Istanbul not Constantinople - The Four Lads (the topic is self explanatory)

Indian Reservation - Paul Revere and the Raiders

China - Joan Baez (Tianamen Square)

Cold Harbor - The Outlaws (Civil War)

Calypso - John Denver (Jacques Cousteau)

Brighter than a thousand suns - Iron Maiden (The Manhattan Project)

A Farewell to Kings - Rush (A commentary on medieval monarchy)

Amelia - Joni Mitchell (Amelia Earhart)

Lindbergh - Woody Guthrie

Frank Lloyd Wright - Simon and Garfunkel

Cuyahoga- REM (Cuyahoga River Fire)

Tales of Brave Ulysses - Cream (Ulysses) (Probably not good for young students)

Fortunate Son - Credence Clearwater Revival (Vietnam Deferments)

Alexander the Great - Iron Maiden

Exhuming McCarthy - REM (Senator Joseph McCarthy)

Every Man a King - Randy Newman (Huey Long)

George Jackson - Bob Dylan (about George Jackson)

Henry VIII - Herman's Hermits

God Bless the USA - Lee Greenwood (Was used in several political campaigns, ads etc)

Living in America - James Brown (Another patriotic song)

Our Country - John Mellencamp (Another patriotic song)

Pink Houses - Mellencamp (Challenges of living in working class America)

Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball? - Woodrow Buddy Johnson

Letters in the Dirt - Chuck Brodsky (The story of Ritchie "Dick" Allen) (Contains a swear word)

Flying Shoes - Townes Van Zandt (Van Zandt once said this song was about the wounded soldiers during the Civil War...the connection is not obvious but, it could be an interesting discussion starter.)

My Proud Mountains - Townes Van Zandt (A song about Colorado)

Tecumseh Valley - Townes Van Zandt (A song about life in Appalachia CAUTION: briefly mentions not a good choice for young children. You might just want to edit that verse out)

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