ZZ Top ( Degüello, 1980)
Originally recorded by Sam & Dave in 1968, this ZZ Top cover stormed the charts in 1980! While this song may not have it's origins as a tune for our troops, the sentiment applies today! Thank You!
Alice In Chains (Dirt, 1992)
'Rooster' was written by Jerry Cantrell, the guitarist for Alice in Chains, for his father Jerry Cantrell Sr., who was gifted the nickname "Rooster" while serving in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. This is a song about resilience... As a soldier gets sent off to war, leaving behind a wife and child... He witnesses his friend die, and does everything he can to stay alive. They come to kill the Rooster, but he won't die.
Sammy Hagar (Three Lock Box, 1982)This powerful track was co-written by Jonathan Cain, the keyboardist from Journey, and featured vocals by Mike Reno, the singer from Loverboy. The lyrics portray a wounded veteran coming back home, and struggling to re-assimilate in a world that doesn't understand or care what he's been through. "Stranger in a foreign land / Fearful cries surround him / Returning home a wounded man / To find he's been forgotten."
Creedence Clearwater Revival (Willy and the Poor Boys, 1968)
This is a song spoke out against the Vietnam war, but was still supportive of the soldiers fighting there. A large majority of the soldiers came from the middle to lower working class, and were there because they could not have connections who could get them out. The song is sung from the perspective of a solider who ends up fighting because he isn't a "Senator's son."
Queensryche (American Solider, 2009)
The American Soldier is a concept album that was inspired by a huge amount of interviews with veterans conducted by Queensryche's lead Geoff Tate. In this song, homesickness is the key element. Tate explained to AnybodyListening.net: "One of the soldiers was telling me about his experience with his wife. He had been married very young, at 19, and the stress of being away from each other and in a very dangerous situation, as well as the age factor, made the relationship one that didn't last. That seemed to be a common thread with a lot of the people I talked to."
Foo Fighters (The Colour And The Shape, 1997)
This song is about the heroes of Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters guitarist and lead singer, and in his life, who were ordinary people who did extraordinary things. While, the man who was Kurt Cobain's bandmate, Dave Grohl explained that he has little use for hero-worship when its about celebrities and rock stars. The song is written from the perspective of a kid, but it reflects Dave Grohl's beliefs.
Lynyrd Skynyrd (Vicious Circle, 2003)
This song by southern rock band legends Lynyrd Skynyrd was written after the September 11 attacks. Lead Johnny Van Zant discussed the tune in a track-by-track commentary in their 2010 CD/DVD Live From Freedom Hall: "We're big supporters of our troops and we've always felt that's a Skynyrd crowd; we always go back to our fans, we write about our fans and we love our fans. We've been blessed to have fans with us for years and years and years for multi-generations now and we're supporters of our troops and our families. That song is basically written about our fans."
'Don't Tread On Me'
Metallica (Metallica, 1991)
There is a huge historical significance in the flag and it is heavily linked in this Metallica song. The ideal of a rattlesnake as a symbol of America was first published by Benjamin Franklin in 1754. It was a rattlesnake severed into multiple sections and each section labeled a different colony. Under the snake it read "Join, or Die," encouraging colonial unity and demanding to stand up to the homeland monarchy ruling them from across the sea.
'These Colours Don't Run'
Iron Maiden (A Matter of Life and Death, 2006)
The title of the song is inspired by Maiden lead Bruce Dickinson's words during a performance during what is called "the Ozzfest incident" amongst fans. Even though their set and equipment was sabotaged during the festival, Iron Maiden continued to perform. Bruce Dickinson usually waves a British flag while preforming... At this performance however, a saboteur got on stage waving an American flag. This caused Bruce Dickinson to comment, "This is a British flag, and these colours don't f--king run." On the DVD for A Matter of Life and Death, Dickinson confirmed that the phrase refers to the colors on the British flag.
'Dear Old America'
Heart (Fanatic, 2012)
Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart wrote this song for their highly decorated Marine corps officer father John Bushrod Wilson Jr. "The lyrics to 'Dear Old America' are written through the eyes of a soldier, when they think about what it's like to be shipped out, what it's like to be there and then what it's like to re-enter and come back and not be able to really explain to anybody over here in America what you just saw," Ann Wilson explained to Spinner: "'Dear Old America' is especially written for those men and women who have served," she continued, "those men and women who have put themselves out there on the edge, and who are trying to come home and return to the world as it is here."
Kid Rock (National Guard Tribute, 2008)
Kid Rock has performed at various military bases and continues to meet military personnel at every concert appearance. In 2015, Kid Rock challenged his fans to help raise money to send care packages to the troops.