When the American soldiers returned home from World War II in 1945, they were greeted as heroes in the United States. Cities and towns across the country held parades to honor the returning veterans and recognize the sacrifices they had made. But the homecoming was very different for most Vietnam veterans. They came back to find the United States torn apart by debate over the Vietnam War. There were no victory parades or welcome-home rallies. Instead, most Vietnam veterans returned to a society that did not seem to care about them, or that seemed to view them with distrust and anger.
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#3 The Rolling Stones – Paint it Black
“Paint It Black” (originally released as “Paint It, Black“) is a song by the English rock band The Rolling Stones, written by the songwriting partnership of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and first released as a single on 6 May 1966 (see 1966 in music). It was later included as the opening track to the U.S. version of their 1966 album, Aftermath.
#2 CCR – Fortunate Son
“Fortunate Son” is a song by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival released on their fourth studio album, Willy and the Poor Boys in 1969. It was released as a single, together with “Down on the Corner”, in September 1969. It soon became an anti-war movement anthem; an expressive symbol of the counterculture’s opposition to U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War and solidarity with the soldiers fighting it.
#1 The Animals – We Gotta Get Out of This Place
“We Gotta Get out of This Place”, occasionally written “We’ve Gotta Get out of This Place”, is a rock song written by Barry Mannand Cynthia Weil and recorded as a 1965 hit single by The Animals. It has become an iconic song of its type and was immensely popular with United States Armed Forces GIs during the Vietnam War.
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BONUS: CCR – Run Through the Jungle
To everyone that has never heard this from anyone other than their own families, and sometimes not even them. And certainly not from their country, that would not exist if not for their sacrifice and sense of duty. Along with a Profound Thank You!
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