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Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Gimme Shelter is the opening track for The Rolling Stones 1969 album, Let It Bleed. The song features vocals by Merry Clayton and has a dark, moody feel inspired by the Vietnam War and a time of great violence in the world. It's been ranked as one of the greatest songs of all-time by several media sources.
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Get Together was written by Chet Powers and is an appeal for peace originally recorded by the Kingston Trio in 1964 for the album, Back In Town. We Five recorded a version in 1965, Jefferson Airplane released theirs in 1966, but The Youngblood’s version, released in 1967, peaked at No. 5 on Billboard Hot 100 and is the more-remembered today.
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Written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, War was originally recorded by The Temptations and released on their 1970 album, Psychedelic Shack. After getting requests for it to be released as a single, Whitfield re-recorded with Edwin Starr. That version hit No. 1 and is one of the most popular anti-war songs today. After 9/11, it was one of 161 songs that Clear Channel, now iHeartMedia, banned from play.
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Cat Stevens wrote Peace Train for the album, Teaser and the Firecat (1971). It reached No. 7 on Billboard Hot 100, but some criticized the message for being too naive. The song regained popularity during the Iraq War. In an interview, after Stevens had converted to Islam and changed his name to Yusuf Islam, he said the reason Peace Train resonated was that people have a powerful need to feel hope.
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Written by Stephen Stills and recorded by Buffalo Springfield, For What It's Worth isn't an anti-war protest song. Released as a single in 1967, the song's really about curfew riots on the Sunset Strip in LA. Buffalo Springfield was the house band at Whiskey a Go Go at that time. The song peaked at No. 7 on Billboard Hot 100 and is ranked among Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
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Give Peace a Chance was written by John Lennon and recorded with Yoko Ono as The Plastic Ono Band in 1969. Though released when he was still a member of The Beatles, the song was Lennon's first solo single. He originally gave a writing credit to Paul McCartney instead of Yoko Ono, something Lennon later said he regretted. Give Peace a Chance peaked at No. 14 on Billboard Hot 100.