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(YouTube)   The greatest song about history and one of the greatest rock songs of the 80s--and musical history--hit #1 on this day in 1989   (youtube.com) divider line
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2022-12-09 6:55:22 AM  
No, and no.
 
2022-12-09 7:26:15 AM  
An incoherent list of boomer self-love with a schmalz-laden hook.

Still better than Uptown Girl, though.
 
2022-12-09 7:43:45 AM  
The greatest song about history

They Might Be Giants - James K. Polk
Youtube H9SvJMZs5Rs
 
2022-12-09 7:45:06 AM  
I prefer the original version over Billy Joel's crappy cover.

We Didn't Start the Fire (Star Wars parody) [2017]
Youtube DS0vuwr5bV8
 
2022-12-09 7:49:58 AM  
Falco - Rock Me Amadeus (Official Video), Full HD (Digitally Remastered and Upscaled)
Youtube kVNPwmFkf-Q
 
2022-12-09 7:51:13 AM  
No man in the 50's would have doted on their pregnant wife. That's sissy shiat.
 
2022-12-09 7:52:23 AM  
A better song about history

Neil Young- Cortez the Killer
Youtube c93-UdPz1BI
 
2022-12-09 7:52:27 AM  
Boomer nostalgia wankfest.
 
2022-12-09 7:53:19 AM  
Baby Boomer Santa | Community
Youtube OOSOGB406Ec
 
2022-12-09 7:53:52 AM  
Hell, even this is a better song about history.

Boney M. - Rasputin (Sopot Festival 1979)
Youtube 16y1AkoZkmQ
 
2022-12-09 7:58:32 AM  

bostonguy: Hell, even this is a better song about history.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/16y1AkoZkmQ]


Almost as good as that song about dinosaur-hunting cavemen
 
2022-12-09 7:58:41 AM  
No. And subby can DIAF for suggesting so.
 
2022-12-09 7:58:50 AM  
A HOUSE - Endless Art (Full Length Version)
Youtube x-Jzup5mXfM
 
2022-12-09 7:58:52 AM  
I didn't fart you liar
It was him over there
That polluted the air
 
2022-12-09 8:00:43 AM  
Rock?

I thought Billy Joel was just showtunes and sea chantey's.
 
2022-12-09 8:02:44 AM  
O.M.D - Joan Of Arc (1981)
Youtube T_uf9l7JDj0
 
2022-12-09 8:07:46 AM  
Anything by Al Stewart is better than that song.
 
2022-12-09 8:09:53 AM  
The Band Played Waltzing Matilda
Youtube PKURhqmSLmM
 
2022-12-09 8:12:19 AM  
It's not a song, it's a listicle.
 
2022-12-09 8:13:36 AM  
Just saw this one yesterday.

Billy Joel - We Didn't Start the Fire | But The Lyrics Are AI Generated Images
Youtube rQXEvkCFe2o
 
2022-12-09 8:14:19 AM  
RYAN STARTED THE FIRE
Youtube 87COwCBXcyM
 
2022-12-09 8:14:58 AM  
Budgie - Napoleon Bona Parts 1 & 2
Youtube scIqFErh3v4
 
2022-12-09 8:17:54 AM  
Not a terrible cover of a terrible song.
Billy Joel - "We Didn't Start The Fire" (2015 version by It Lives, It Breathes)
Youtube _16Ws1vYoc0
 
2022-12-09 8:33:45 AM  
Iced Earth - 1776
Youtube Trmqc2NJYpA
 
2022-12-09 8:35:21 AM  
A mashup of "We Didn't Start the Fire" and "It's the End of the World as We Know It" from the same guy that did "Bustin"

Neil Cicierega - Space Monkey Mafia
Youtube NEYc8ar2Bpw
 
2022-12-09 8:36:06 AM  
80s song about history?

The Afternoon Delights - General Hospi-Tale 1981
Youtube BD7XkD5scTI
 
2022-12-09 8:38:07 AM  
SABATON - Bismarck (Official Music Video)
Youtube oVWEb-At8yc


/The only metal band with a youtube channel dedicated to history.
 
2022-12-09 8:41:00 AM  
I don't mind Joels music but after his manager stole his money he crapped all over his band. They deserved better than they got.
 
2022-12-09 8:41:05 AM  

OtherLittleGuy: 80s song about history?

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/BD7XkD5scTI]


I'll raise you:

Iron Maiden Quest For Fire Music Video
Youtube SF7cWpBTZ6s
 
2022-12-09 8:51:20 AM  
Great rock? history?

Metallica: One (Official Music Video)
Youtube WM8bTdBs-cw
 
2022-12-09 8:57:53 AM  

Captain Steroid: I prefer the original version over Billy Joel's crappy cover.

[YouTube video: We Didn't Start the Fire (Star Wars parody) [2017]]


We Love Barney Fife
Youtube k5KikCieJlw
not better but bonus points for changing the chorus.
 
2022-12-09 8:58:53 AM  

Magnus Eisengrim: OtherLittleGuy: 80s song about history?

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/BD7XkD5scTI]

I'll raise you:

[YouTube video: Iron Maiden Quest For Fire Music Video]


Steve Harris loved writing songs about movies and literature.
 
2022-12-09 8:58:54 AM  
Thank you for your Entertainment submission, TheEnglishMajor. I "fondly" remember when your headlines dominated the now-deceased MusicTab.

bostonguy: No, and no.


bostonguy: A better song about history

[Youtube-video "Cortez the Killer"]


You're on a roll, sir. Stole the words from out of my mouth.
 
2022-12-09 8:59:10 AM  

BigMax: An incoherent list of boomer self-love with a schmalz-laden hook.

Still better than Uptown Girl, though.


We broke it, but don't you dare blame us!

Pathetic.  Especially from a talent like this.
 
2022-12-09 9:00:34 AM  
Counterpoint

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Youtube hgI8bta-7aw
 
2022-12-09 9:02:06 AM  
Don't worry, Genesis will fix it, they promised
 
2022-12-09 9:02:13 AM  

Magnus Eisengrim: OtherLittleGuy: 80s song about history?

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/BD7XkD5scTI]

I'll raise you:

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/SF7cWpBTZ6s]


Great song and great album.

This is how you write a song about an historical event.

Iron Maiden - Empire Of The Clouds
Youtube _5f0aBJoUAg
 
2022-12-09 9:03:40 AM  
The only part of that song I know is when he says Leonard Bernstein!  Great tune.
 
2022-12-09 9:06:57 AM  
Amon Amarth - The Beheading of a King
Youtube lha3fy1nCNc

Battle of Fotevik - Wikipedia
 
2022-12-09 9:07:36 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: It's not a song, it's a listicle.


But the analog version.

I was 9 or 10 when it was getting major radio rotation. I remember actually looking up stuff from the song in the 70s World Book Encyclopedia we had at the time. It was my first exposure to a lot of that 50s history (including the Rosenbergs).

So I guess it taught me a few things.
 
2022-12-09 9:09:15 AM  

sephjnr: Great rock? history?

[YouTube video: Metallica: One (Official Music Video)]


I got my copy of Johnny Got His Gun out last night to give to my 16 year old nephew.
 
2022-12-09 9:10:13 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: It's not a song, it's a listicle.


Both List song - Wikipedia
 
2022-12-09 9:12:28 AM  
Best song about history currently being written

It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Youtube 8OyBtMPqpNY
 
2022-12-09 9:18:05 AM  
7. I've a Shooting Box in Scotland (Paranoia, 1914)
Youtube 6LROEfdFCek
 
2022-12-09 9:25:15 AM  
The temptation here is to post something comic. Johnny Horton's Battle of New Orleans, for example. Instead:

Bonaparte's Retreat - Aly Bain
Youtube eNigFpaBBf8
 
2022-12-09 9:27:18 AM  
This was played for Cornwallis at Yorktown. Historical enough?

world turned upsidedown
Youtube v-N0ckzU1mI
 
2022-12-09 9:30:59 AM  
This is, I think, the best of the war tunes to come out of WW2. A patrol was a kind of march. This is an updating of a 19th tune.

AMERICAN PATROL - GLENN MILLER
Youtube EAVejLjXVdw
 
2022-12-09 9:41:10 AM  
Iron Maiden - Aces High / King Of Twilight (Official Audio)
Youtube BjntGhaN_0c
 
2022-12-09 9:47:57 AM  
I always did like this song. There isnt anything else like it.

Billy only has a couple really good songs. "A Matter of Trust" is another one and oddly enough they are both from the 80s.

"We didnt Start the Fire" has a good beat and you can dance to it.
 
2022-12-09 10:11:55 AM  

Hawk24: [YouTube video: RYAN STARTED THE FIRE]


Was scrolling to see if this would get referenced.  Solid job.
 
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