Music, like every other human artform, can tell extremely real, deep emotional stories about a certain time period.

The most powerful songs are those that you can feel that true, raw emotion from the lyrics and performance. Rather than just reading about a time period in a textbook, music allows for a deeper level of learning helping students understand the real struggles and real emotions from fellow humans.

Music can be a beneficial learning tool for students that don’t understand why they have to learn history in school.

The United States has had a relatively short recorded history, but it’s still been nothing short of dramatic. There are thousands of songs even written today that carry powerful political and historical messages.

Today we’re just going to explore just a handful of those popular songs about American History. Songs that you might hear and not even realize they were about a historical event or politically charged until you dig in a little deeper and analyze the lyrics.

Check out our list of American History songs below and always feel free to give us a shout if we missed one of your favorites.


1. U2 – Pride (In The Name Of Love)

Song Topic: Martin Luther King Jr., American Civil Rights

2. Bob Marley – Buffalo Soldier

Song Topic: European Colonization, Slavery, Native Americans

3. Weezer – The British Are Coming

Song Topic: American Revolution, British Empire


4. Lupe Fiasco – All Black Everything

Song Topic: American History, Civil Rights


5. Dave Matthews Band – Don’t Drink The Water

Song Topic: European Colonization, Native Americans


6. Common ft. John Legend – Glory

Song Topic: American Civil Rights


7. Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Song Topic: Cold War, Nuclear Weapons, Government


8. Sublime – April 29, 1992

Song Topic: Rodney King Riots, American Civil Rights


9. The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter

Song Topic: The Vietnam War


We hope you enjoyed these eight popular songs about American History as much as we did. If you find any other popular songs about U.S. History out there, feel free to share them with us!