It Happened In Music: White Stripes vs. Air Force

The White StripesTwo years ago today, The White Stripes were taking on the US Air Force, complaining that it used one of the group’s songs without permission. The song at hand: “Fell In Love With A Girl,” which purportedly played during an ad for Super Bowl XLIV. In a statement on their website, the duo said they took “strong insult and objection, with the implication that we licensed one of our songs to encourage recruitment during a war that we do not support.”

Music has always played an important role in the sociocultural dialogue about politics. In that spirit, MOG compiled some of the best songs protesting war, or by artists who’ve had their own unique clashes with the armed forces, allowing you to take a deeper listen into the expressive, multi-dimensional statements from a variety of genres and eras.

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  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2
  2. Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
  3. Give Peace A Chance – Plastic Ono Band
  4. B.o.b. – OutKast
  5. Ohio – Neil Young
  6. The Proud – Talib Kweli
  7. War – Edwin Starr
  8. No More Weapons – Steel Pulse
  9. The Fiddle And the Drum – Joni Mitchell
  10. Zombie – Fela Kuti
  11. Evil That Men Do – Queen Latifah
  12. For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield
  13. I Ain’t Marching Anymore – Phil Ochs
  14. Waiting On The World To Change – John Mayer
  15. Masters Of War – Bob Dylan
  16. World Destruction – Afrika Bambaataa
  17. Where Is The Love? – The Black Eyed Peas
  18. Ohio – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  19.  Casualties Of War – Eric B & Rakim
  20. Games Without Frontiers – Peter Gabriel
  21. Rule – Nas
  22. Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits
  23. Army Dreamers – Kate Bush
  24. Killing IN The Name – Rage Against The Machine
  25. Belfast Child – Simple Minds
  26. Lives In The Balance – Jackson Browne
  27. Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos – Public Enemy
  28. Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Tears For Fears