No Nuclear War Songs

   

BY Andrea Levy
27 November 2009

Over many  decades, countless artists have been inspired to write songs against war. The songs presented here span music genres, but all focus on nuclear war. The links are to YouTube videos of the songs.

Most of these songs were written during the Cold War but the threat still exists – we must continue our work for a world free of nuclear weapons.

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No Nuclear War Peter Tosh

The Future’s so Bright I Gotta Wear Shades Timbuk 3

4 Minute Warning Radio Head

Nuclear War Yo La Tengo

I Come and Stand at Every Door with video  – lyrics by  Nâzım Hikmet Ran

I Come and Stand at Every Door Sung by the Byrds

Bombs Aren’t Cool – Lil Rodney C and KK Rockwell – Rap video against nuclear war

Russians Sting

I’ve Known No War The Who

Distant Early Warning Rush
Manhattan Project Rush

Countdown’s Begun Ozzy Osbourne
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Enola Gay Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Stop in the Name of Love The Hollies, including Graham Nash, reunited in the 1980s to sing this as a plea for nuclear disarmament

Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream by Ed McCurdy,  sung by Pete Seeger
link to trailer of The Strangest Dream documentary about the life of Sir Joseph Rotblat

Birthright

Seconds U2

99 Red Balloons Nena

Christmas at Ground Zero Weird Al Yankovic

Stop the World The Clash

Black Celebration Depeche Mode