Summer blockbuster season is almost officially over (The Atlantic claims it stretches from March to Labor Day), and with that, we here at We Are the Mighty have been talking about our favorite movie soundtracks. Of particular interest are our favorite songs from war movies.
This list was nearly impossible to cull down, because many of the best soundtracks are instrumental compositions (which are great), but don't exactly scream "turn me up!" So we collected a series of songs (many from Vietnam movies) that are sure to either make you sing along, dance, or cry.
10. "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" Nancy Sinatra - "Full Metal Jacket"
9. "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay" Otis Redding - "Platoon"
8. "California Dreaming" The Mamas and Papas - "Forrest Gump"
7. "Get Around" Beach Boys - "Good Morning Vietnam"
6. "Don't Worry, Be Happy" Bobby McFerrin - "Jarhead"
5. "Brown Eyed Girl" Van Morrison - "Born on the Fourth of July"
4. "Miracles" Coldplay - "Unbroken"
3. "There You'll Be" Faith Hill - "Pearl Harbor"
2. "Fortunate Son" Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Forrest Gump"
1. "Sgt. Mackenzie" Joseph Milna Mackenzie - We Were Soldiers
As the story goes, the singer, Joseph Milna Mackenzie wrote the song just after his wife's death. He stared at a picture of his grandfather above his fireplace and was overcome with wonder about his grandfather's final moments before he died on the battle field in WWI. The song, according to Mackenzie, suddenly came to him.
Check out the rest of our favorite war movie songs below: