[Poll] Favorite Vietnam Protest Song

It’s time to wrap up last week’s poll and start anew. This week’s poll is all about the Vietnam war and the myriad of protest songs it inspired. Of course, we couldn’t list every single song, so you’ll have to choose from the few we picked. If we missed your favorite, feel free to let us know in the comments.

"Narrated by Sean Penn and based on the work of media critic and best-selling author Norman Solomon, WAR MADE EASY reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose 50 years of government spin and media collusion that has dragged our country into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq."

“Narrated by Sean Penn and based on the work of media critic and best-selling author Norman Solomon, WAR MADE EASY reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose 50 years of government spin and media collusion that has dragged our country into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq.

Favorite Vietnam Protest Song

“Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore” – John Prine (1971)
“Wooden Ships” – Crosby, Stills & Nash and Jefferson Airplane (1969)
“Where Are You Now, My Son?” – Joan Baez (1973)
“What’s Going On” – Marvin Gaye (1971)
“War Pigs” – Black Sabbath (1971)
“War” – Edwin Starr (1970)
“8th of November” – Big and Rich (2006)
“Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” – Arlo Guthrie (1967)
“All You Need Is Love” – The Beatles (1967)
“Charlie Don’t Surf” – The Clash (1980)
“Bring Them Home” – Pete Seeger (1966)
“Give Peace a Chance” – The Plastic Ono Band (1969)
“Man in Black” – Johnny Cash (1971)
“Orange Crush” – R.E.M. (1988)
“Straight to Hell” – The Clash (1982)
“Stoned Love” – The Supremes (1970)
“Still in Saigon” – the Charlie Daniels Band (1982)
“I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag” – Country Joe and the Fish (1967)
“Unknown Soldier” – The Doors (1968)
“Ohio” – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (1970)
“Eve of Destruction” – Barry McGuire and P.F. Sloan (1965)
“War Games” – The Monkees (1968)
“Gimme Shelter” – The Rolling Stones (1969)

Favorite Logical Fallacy

  • Straw Man Fallacy (14%, 62 Votes)
  • Ad Hominem (10%, 46 Votes)
  • Appeal to Authority (8%, 35 Votes)
  • Slippery Slope (8%, 35 Votes)
  • Appeal to Emotion (8%, 35 Votes)
  • No True Scotsman (7%, 33 Votes)
  • Burden of Proof (7%, 29 Votes)
  • A False Dilemma (6%, 28 Votes)
  • Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy (5%, 23 Votes)
  • Appeal to Nature (4%, 18 Votes)
  • Appeal to Ignorance (4%, 18 Votes)
  • Ad Populum (3%, 14 Votes)
  • Begging the Question (3%, 14 Votes)
  • Post Hoc (3%, 14 Votes)
  • Appeal to Probability (3%, 12 Votes)
  • Argument to Moderation (2%, 8 Votes)
  • Appeal to Hypocrisy (2%, 8 Votes)
  • Special Pleading (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Fallacy of Composition (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Genetic Fallacy (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 441

So it looks like you all hate/love/are most familiar with the Straw Man Fallacy. It’s probably one of the most damaging of the fallacies. Apparently it’s known as the “Aunt Sally” in the UK.
  • Andrew

    I guess Holiday in Cambodia doesn’t count.

  • Virtually Yours

    “War Sucks” from The Red Krayola’s 1967 epic, The Parable of Arable Land:


  • Anarchy Pony

    5,6,7,8 oooopen up the pearly gates, but I ain’t no time to wonder why, whoopee we all gonna die!

    Also, does Fortunate Son not count?

    I gotta admit, war pigs is pretty kickass though.

    • tes

      Gimme an F….Gimme U….Gimme a C…..

      • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi


    • Oginikwe

      “There’s a hole in daddy’s arm where all the money goes . . .” Great Prine song.

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      My parents had that on reel to reel cassette in the basement when i was a kid. Still love that song today. In the early 90s when Bush 1 decided Iraq was a target and shipped off my generation of new grads…I converted the song to reference Iraq. Thank god I had a friend who could play guitar loudly and the song is meant to be yelled…because I suck as a singer…but it was sure fun to protest with flair and music.

  • tes

    “Eve of Destruction” by McGuire in this group, some which aren’t even about Vietnam, but how could you leave out “Country” Joe McDonald “Fish Cheer/Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag”

    • Anarchy Pony

      Feel like I’m fixin’ to die rag is up there.

      • tes

        Oh Crap! Thank you and I change my vote to that

  • Tchoutoye

    Suppose They Give A War And No One Comes by The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band.

    • Virtually Yours

      Fan-fucking-tastic :-) Gonna light up and listen to this one on repeat a few times…

  • Oginikwe

    “Eve of Destruction” – Barry McGuire and P.F. Sloan (1965)
    I think of this song whenever I watch the news.

  • Dingbert

    “Vietnam” – Jimmy Cliff (1970)

    Voted best protest song by Bob Dylan.


    I’ll go with John Prine, since it’s not an option.

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  • Echar Lailoken

    This song needs to be added to this list. The original and a great cover off of an amazing album.



  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    spite loving so many of these…Cash’s Man In Black has always been my personal fave.

  • William Mathews

    Masters of War?!?!

  • Kevin Leonard

    “For What it’s Worth” – Buffalo Springfield

    utube watch?v=f5M_Ttstbgs

  • skippy

    cant believe theres no Phil Ochs!

  • Bill Breen

    And in ’67 Johnny joined the Corps
    Joe did too, but he never knew what for.

    And tonight in this barroom he’s easin’ his pain
    He’s thinkin’ of someone, but he won’t say the name
    Folks say he’s a hero, but he’ll tell you he ain’t
    He left a hero in the jungle back in 1968.

  • PrimateZero

    Beach Party Vietnam by the Dead Milkmen.