Top 10 Memorial Day Songs

Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a federal holiday that is celebrated on the final Monday of May every year in the United States of America. It is a day when the whole nation remembers the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces.

Many singers and bands have sung songs to honour the men and women who did not hesitate to put their own life on the line and eventually make the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of the country. Some of these songs that pay respect to the national heroes are truly memorable.


  • 1

    More Than a Name on a Wall by the Statler Brothers

    After visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC, The Statler Brothers’ Fortune was inspired to write this song as a tribute to the sacrifice of the soldiers who laid down their lives for their country. The song was released in 1989 and made its way to the Top 10 of the Billboard country charts in the same year.

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  • 2

    Some Gave All by Bill Ray Cyrus

    Billy Ray Cyrus paid tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice with this song, which he wrote in 1989. The song was released in 1992 as part of his debut album, which went by the same name, i.e. Some Gave All.

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  • 3

    God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood

    Released in the year 1984, the song won the Country Music Award (CMA) for Song of the Year in 1985. The song is still as popular as it was in the year of its release because of the loud and clear Memorial Day message that it delivers.

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    50,000 Names by George Jones

    The song 50,000 Names was featured on George Jones’ album The Rock Stone Cold Country in 2002. It narrates the sentiments of the singer after visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, describing the pain and hurt experienced by the families and friends of the people who lost their lives on this day.

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    If You’re Reading This by Tim McGraw

    Tim McGraw sang the song during the 2007 ACM Awards. He, along with the Warren Brothers, was inspired to write the song after reading about the casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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    Arlington by Trace Adkins

    Trace Adkins sang the song Arlington to honour the sacrifices of the soldiers buried in the Arlington National Cemetery in 2005. The lyrics of the song have been written from the perspective of a soldier who lost his life on the battlefield.

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  • 7

    Angel Flight by Radney Foster

    Sung by Radney Foster in the year 2010, the song is about the air crew that fly the soldiers putting their lives on the line for their home country. Angel Flight is a military word for the air crew.

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  • 8

    8th of November by Big and Rich

    8th of November is part of the 2005 album “Comin’ to Your City” by Big and Rich, and pays tribute to Veteran Niles Harris in light of the events of November 8, 1965, the day when he and the 173rd Airborne Bridge were ambushed in Vietnam.

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    Ballad of the Green Berets by Barry Sadler

    Staff Sergeant of the US Army Special Forces Barry Sadler sang the song Ballad of the Green Berets in 1966, to honour the American troops.

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  • 10

    Go Rest High on That Mountain by Vince Gill

    Go Rest High on That Mountain won the Grammy for the Song of the Year in 1995. Vince Gill started writing the song after the death of his friend, but ended up finishing it following the death of his brother.

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