Let’s honor our military personnel with some heartfelt country music! Here are the best country songs about soldiers, perfect for dedicating to the bravest men and women in uniform.
1. “If You’re Reading This” – Tim McGraw
Tim McGraw’s award-winning song “If You’re Reading This” is a heartfelt tribute to soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
The deeply moving ballad offers insight into the struggles of a fallen soldier as he reflects on his life, his journey, and the loved ones that he has left behind.
Through this emotional piece of music, Tim McGraw offers a voice of appreciation and gratitude to military members who have selflessly dedicated themselves to protecting others.
2. Letters From Home” – John Michael Montgomery
The song “Letters From Home” by John Michael Montgomery tells the story of a soldier who longs for letters from loved ones at home.
The soldier remembers how comforting it was to receive those words of encouragement and love, despite being so far away.
Through vivid imagery and powerful vocals, the song expresses this soldier’s longing for home.
3. “If I Don’t Make it Back” – Tracy Lawrence
“If I Don’t Make it Back” is a heartbreaking song by Tracy Lawrence, written from the perspective of a soldier on the battlefield.
The song illustrates the horrors of war and captures the fear and courage of a soldier who is not sure if they will make it back home alive.
Written from an emotional and personal point-of-view, “If I Don’t Make It Back” paints an intense portrait of someone risking everything for their country.
4. “Travelin’ Soldier” – Dixie Chicks
“Travelin’ Soldier” is a poignant and emotional country song by the Dixie Chicks about two soldiers who meet at a military base.
The song follows their love story as one soldier deploys to the front lines, leaving behind his beloved. It is a powerful portrait of those who serve in the armed forces and their loved ones back home.
5. “Riding with Private Malone” – David Ball
The 2001 classic country song “Riding with Private Malone” was written and recorded by David Ball.
The song tells the story of an Army Reserve soldier’s journal, detailing his struggles from before enlistment to being killed in combat.
The song pays tribute to all those who have served or are currently serving in the military and highlights the sacrifice each of them makes every day.
6. “I Drive Your Truck” – Lee Brice
Lee Brice’s song, “I Drive Your Truck”, is a poignant tribute to servicemen and women who risk their lives for their country.
The powerful lyrics tell the story of a soldier’s family, keeping his memory alive by driving his truck in his absence.
A heart-wrenching country ballad about loss, remembrance, and hope for better times ahead, this award-winning song has touched millions with its thoughtful and emotional storytelling.
7. “American Soldier” – Toby Keith
Toby Keith’s song “American Soldier” is a heartfelt tribute to those serving in the US military.
The song speaks of the strength and courage of servicemen and women, as well as their sacrifices and contributions to protecting the nation from harm.
With thoughtful lyrics and soaring melodies, the song serves as an anthem for Americans everywhere; a reminder of the price paid by members of our armed forces, and a celebration of their bravery.
8. “Soldier’s Last Letter” – Merle Haggard
“Soldier’s Last Letter” is a song written and sung by country music legend Merle Haggard. This powerful and emotional song tells the story of a soldier writing his last letter home before dying in battle.
He expresses his love for his family and friends, as well as his gratefulness for freedom and peace.
Through its heartfelt lyrics, this song pays tribute to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
9. “Some Gave All-Billy” – Ray Cyrus
Released in 1992, “Some Gave All” is a country song recorded and co-written by American singer Billy Ray Cyrus.
The song is dedicated to the many brave and hardworking soldiers who have served the United States, and it speaks of a soldier’s willingness to put his life on the line for freedom, loved ones, and home.
The lyrics were written by Billy Ray and then dedicated in memory of his brother-in-law who had died fighting in Vietnam.
10. “8th of November” – Big & Rich
“8th of November” by country duo Big & Rich pays tribute to a battle that took place in Vietnam on November 8, 1965, where four U.S. soldiers faced insurmountable odds against an immense force.
The lyrics of the song honor these brave individuals who stood up in defense of freedom and justice during this trying moment in our nation’s history.
11. “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” – Toby Keith
Toby Keith’s patriotic anthem “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” honors U.S. soldiers for their bravery and sacrifices in protecting the country’s freedom and safety.
The powerful lyrics remind us of their courage, loyalty, and immense pride in our great nation.
12. “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home” – Justin Moore
Justin Moore remembers and pays tribute to the military service members who didn’t come home with the release of his song “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home.”
This heartfelt tribute speaks to the sacrifice, courage, and bravery that soldiers have made over the years. A powerful message of remembrance, this song will captivate all who hear it.
13. “Have You Forgotten” – Darryl Worley
In 2003, country music star Darryl Worley released his powerful and emotive song, ‘Have You Forgotten’.
The song was written in response to the increasing tensions that had grown out of the September 11th terrorist attacks and the debates around the Iraq War.
It has become an anthem for much military personnel and their families, with a vision of hope for a better tomorrow during troubling times.
14. “Arlington” – Trace Adkins
Trace Adkins’ song “Arlington” is an emotional tribute to the many brave soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
The song pays homage to those who have given their lives in service of a cause greater than themselves and reinforces the idea that freedom isn’t free.
This powerful track serves as a reminder to forever remember and show respect for those who have laid down their lives in defense of our nation.
15. “Soldiers and Jesus” – James Otto
“Soldiers and Jesus” is a song by American country singer James Otto.
The song is a tribute to the brave soldiers who have served their country and depicts a sense of pride and respect for the sacrifice they make.
It also touches upon the comfort that this soldier feels from an unseen Higher power watching over him in difficult times.
16. “For You” – Keith Urban
Written and performed by country music star Keith Urban, “For You” is a heartfelt salute to the brave men and women in our armed forces.
It tells the story of a soldier who sets off to battle, longing for home and the embrace of the loved ones he left behind.
With its somber yet hopeful lyrics, it serves as a reminder of their courage and sacrifice in the face of danger.
Keith Urban’s gentle guitar strums along with his passionate voice serve as the perfect backdrop for this anthem of appreciation for our valiant soldiers.
17. “Angel Flight” – Radney Foster
The song “Angel Flight” by Radney Foster tells the story of a soldier who is being deployed for duty in the military, and how being away from his loved ones is extremely difficult for him.
He reflects on the sacrifices that he and his fellow soldiers are making in order to protect their country.
The song speaks to the emotional turmoil experienced by military personnel and conveys both sorrow and hope.
18. “Just A Dream” – Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood’s “Just A Dream” tells the story of a young soldier, who reflects on his life choices as he faces death on a battlefield.
The song paints a vivid picture of his journey from his childhood days to the brink of the final battle and conveys an emotional message about the power of love and regret.
19. “Still in Saigon” – Charlie Daniels Band
“Still in Saigon” by the Charlie Daniels Band, released in 1982, tells the story of a Vietnam War veteran returning home to the United States.
Through lyrics that detail his journey through war-torn Vietnam, the soldier reflects on his time as a soldier, remembering his friends who never made it back home and the lives of those irrevocably changed by war.
In telling this moving story of loss and redemption, “Still in Saigon” remains an important reminder of wartime struggles endured by soldiers everywhere.
20. “Heaven Was Needing A Hero” – Jo Dee Messina
“Heaven Was Needing A Hero” – Jo Dee Messina, is a touching tribute to the brave soldiers who have sacrificed their lives in service of their country.
The lyrics speak to the courage and strength of these heroes, who willingly gave up everything so that others may live in peace.
Jo Dee’s powerful vocals capture the spirit of heroism and selflessness that embody our servicemen and women, reminding us of all of the incredible selfless acts they took to protect our freedom.
21. “Semper Fi” – Trace Adkins
“Semper Fi” by Trace Adkins is a song dedicated to all Soldiers who have served in the military and continue to protect the country.
The Latin phrase ‘Semper Fidelis which translates to “always faithful,” serves as a reminder of the duty members of the U.S Armed Forces are willing to take on in order to defend their country and its people.
In appreciation of those soldiers putting their lives on the line, Trace Adkins encourages us all to remember them and thank them for their honorable service.
22. “Til The Last Shot’s Fired” – By Trace Adkins
“Til The Last Shot’s Fired” is a patriotic and inspirational song by country singer Trace Adkins.
Written shortly after the Iraq War ended in 2003, this song honors the service of American soldiers fighting for our freedom and security.
With powerful lyrics that evoke emotions of courage and pride, it is a tribute to the countless men and women who selflessly defend our country.
23. “Didn’t I” – Montgomery Gentry
The song “Didn’t I” by country music duo Montgomery Gentry is an ode to a soldier’s courage.
It tells the story of a soldier who gives his all but still survives through war, to the surprise and gratitude of friends, family, and other soldiers.
Despite all he has seen, the protagonist fights on with undeterred passion as he takes on each challenge that comes his way.
24. “Don’t Take Your Love to Town” – Kenny Rogers – Ruby
The song tells the story of a young soldier coming home after World War II and begging his lover to stay with him – “Ruby don’t take your love to town”.
Even though it peaked at number seven on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, it is still considered one of Kenny Roger’s most popular songs.
25. “Call a Marine” – Toby Keith
Toby Keith’s song, “Call a Marine”, honors the courage and dedication of the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces.
In this tribute to soldiers, Toby sings about the ultimate sacrifice of giving one’s life to defend freedom. With booming guitars and driving drums, he belts out lyrics that recognize a soldier’s bravery and commitment to making our world a better place.
This powerful anthem salutes those men and women who give everything so we can remain safe at home.
26. “Back Where I Come From” – Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney’s song “Back Where I Come From” is a heartfelt tribute to military personnel who have served their country and are returning to their hometowns.
With its upbeat tempo and passionate lyrics, the song speaks of the pride soldiers feel in returning to their hometowns, as well as the community that welcomes them back.
Featuring a mix of country and rock-style melodies, the track is a meaningful reminder of the sacrifices our men and women in arms make for our safety.
27. “I Just Came Back From a War” – Darryl Worley
The 2003 song “I Just Came Back from a War” by Darryl Worley tells the story of a soldier struggling with the post-war life experience.
The lyrics capture many of the emotions soldiers face after returning home from active duty, from being lost to trying to find answers in places that lack familiarity.
For those who have served and heard this song, it is all too real in telling the often untold story of war service members’ return home.
28. “American Child” – Phil Vassar
“American Child” is a song written and performed by American country music artist Phil Vassar. It was released in June 2002 as the second single from his album of the same name.
The song expresses appreciation for the military forces who risk their lives to preserve life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all American children.
In particular, it honors the courage and sacrificial spirit of soldiers at war defending freedom.
29. “Come Home Soon”- Shedaisy
“Come Home Soon” is a song by country music trio Shedaisy about the longing of a military family for a soldier who is away serving their country.
The song conveys an emotional message of love, dedication, and hope that the soldier will return home safe and sound to their family.
It has become a beloved anthem amongst military families everywhere.
30. “50,000 Names Carved In The Wall” – George Jones
George Jones’ song, “50,000 Names Carved In The Wall” is a tribute to the brave soldiers who lost their lives in service to their country.
Through this powerful ballad, Jones brings attention and reverence to the countless fallen warriors – each name etched into a place of remembrance.
31. “Dear Uncle Sam” – Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn released her iconic song “Dear Uncle Sam” in protest of the Vietnam War.
The song calls out the US government for sending its citizens off to fight in a war without providing enough resources and support for those who serve, singing that the soldiers “bravely fought for Uncle Sam but still he let them down”.
The song’s allusion to Uncle Sam has become an enduring symbol of patriotism toward American servicemen and women.
32. “Welcome Home” – Dolly Parton
“Welcome Home” by Dolly Parton is a heartfelt homage to soldiers and their loved ones that are waiting for their return.
The song evokes the powerful emotions of being reunited with those you care about after a long absence.
From the somber opening chords to Dolly’s heartfelt vocals, it is a song that celebrates the courage and strength of servicemen and women who fight for freedom around the world.
33. “Still A Solider” – Trace Adkins
“Still A Soldier” by Trace Adkins is a heartfelt tribute to the men and women of the armed forces.
With its touching lyrics, the song reminds us all of the sacrifice that soldiers make when they put their lives on the line in service of their country.
The singer’s emotive vocals carry this patriotic anthem of loyalty and courage, reminding us of how difficult life can get for those who serve in uniform.
Despite all odds, these heroes remain strong and stay true to their commitment to the greater good.
34. “The Bumper Of My S.U.V.” – Chely Wright
Country singer Chely Wright’s song “The Bumper Of My S.U.V.” pays tribute to soldiers who serve in the military and their families.
The lyrical content brings to life the emotions that loved one’s experience as they must part ways so that the soldier can go defend freedom.
While already a powerful song, Wright’s heartfelt vocals bring even more emotion to the cathartic ballad.
35. “Belleau Wood” – Garth Brooks
“Belleau Wood” is a song by country artist Garth Brooks that recalls the story of a brave solder who lost his life in the fierce battle at the Battle of Belleau Wood during WWI.
The soldier’s courage and bravery are remembered through this emotional tribute, truly honoring all those who served in the Allied forces during WWI.
36. “Good Christian Soldier” – Kris Kristofferson
An ode to a brave soldier, “Good Christian Soldier” by Kris Kristofferson is an uplifting song that honors the courage and commitment of those who serve in the military.
The song offers words of appreciation for the bravery and selflessness shown by soldiers worldwide. It serves as a reminder of their service to society and the freedom they provide for all.
37. “The Other little Soldier” – Josh Gracin
Josh Gracin’s song “The Other Little Soldier,” tells the heart-wrenching story of a soldier coming to terms with his own experiences on the battlefield and recognizing the sacrifices made by all soldiers.
Through somber lyrics and an acoustic guitar, Josh conveys powerful messages of loss and hope.
This song encapsulates the bravery of defenders of freedom and showcases their struggles, pain, and victories in battle.
38. “Soldiers Joy” – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is an American country-folk rock band that released a song in 1972 called “Soldiers Joy”.
This song paid homage to the American soldier and all that they have endured during wartime.
It has since become a popular traditional folk tune, especially among those in military service, who find comfort in its lyrics.
39. “American Blood” – Reckless Kelly
“American Blood”, a song released by Reckless Kelly in 2012, is an ode to the brave men and women who serve our nation as soldiers.
The lyrics juxtapose images of loss and love with stories of courage, honor and pride, highlighting all that soldiers go through for our country.
It’s a somber tribute that expresses respect for the selfless sacrifices made by members of the military.
40. “Brave Little Soldier” – Dolly Parton
Written and performed by the legendary country star Dolly Parton, “Brave Little Soldier” is a moving anthem of hope that inspires courage in the face of adversity.
Parton’s heartfelt lyrics describe a soldier who has bravely given their lives to serve their country, but whose loved ones will always remember them for being strong and courageous.
With its empowering message and uplifting melody, this powerful song serves as a reminder of the bravery and sacrifice of those who serve in the military service.
41. “Sleeping with the Telephone” – Reba McEntire & Faith Hill
Released in 1999, “Sleeping with the Telephone” is a duet between country music superstars Reba McEntire and Faith Hill.
Written by Kent Blazy and Marc Beeson, this upbeat track was released as part of McEntire’s album “So Good Together,” and tells the story of a woman literally spending all night waiting for her lover to call.
The song continuously calls for both vocalists to blend their signature styles, creating an emotional and memorable harmonic performance that’s become a fan favorite.
Now here are some questions and answers related to country songs about soldiers:
What is the most iconic country song?
Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire”, Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again” and Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” are all widely recognized as some of the most iconic country songs of all time.
What country song is about a soldier dying?
One of the most popular and heartbreaking country music songs about soldiers is “Have You Forgotten?” by Darryl Worley.
The song tells the story of a soldier who makes the ultimate sacrifice for his country; it also speaks to the complexity of war and its effects on everyone involved.
Other notable songs that have addressed the cost of war include:
- Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),”
- Martina McBride’s “Concrete Angel,”
- Toby Keith’s “American Soldier,”
- Brad Paisley’s “When I Get Where I’m Going.”
In conclusion, country music has long been a source of comfort for those who have served in the military.
The simple lyrics and folksy melodies can remind soldiers of home and bring them hope. Country songs about soldiers help to honor their heroism and remind listeners that there is still kindness in the world.
They are a powerful testament to the strength and bravery of service members everywhere.