What’s on your battle playlist?


Bored in the midst of pandemic, I decided it seemed as good a time as any to rewatch “Generation Kill” on HBO.

The miniseries consists of seven episodes based on Rolling Stone reporter Evan Wright’s book about his embed with Marine Corps’ 1st Reconnaissance Battalion during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Its fourth episode, “Combat Jack,” features a particularly noteworthy scene where, after a series of disheartening events for the unit, the Marines are seen rolling around in Humvees singing Wheatus’ gritty 2000 hit “Teenage Dirtbag.”

Naturally, Twitter seemed a good place to go afterwards to ask what songs military members would add to their greatest battle hits playlist.

Hey #miltwitter – what songs would you put on your ultimate “riding into battle” playlist? + bonus points if you can share stories about the song

— Sarah Sicard (@smsicard) October 26, 2020

“My platoon would blast AC/DC “Hells Bells” every time we rolled out the gate,” wrote user @CaptainSquibbs. “We became superstitious about it. Didnt feel right if we played any other song.”

The ’70s and ’80s rock band AC/DC proved to be a popular choice for respondents, with others chiming in to add some of its greatest hits.

Highway to hell-acdc

— Herb cavanaugh (@CavanaughHerb) October 26, 2020

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Other notable mentions include P!nk’s “Raise your Glass,” Judas Priest’s “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’,” Fort Minor’s “Remember the Name” and “The Gift” from the soundtrack of the 1992 classic “The Last of the Mohicans.”

Of course, you can’t forget Barstool Sports’ @UncleChaps addition to this incredibly weird list.

Send In The Clowns by Sinatra. I used to listen to that on my zune while searching for IEDs with my dog.

— chaps (@UncleChaps) October 26, 2020

But one song was requested to remain off the list.

On a Battalion run once at Arifjan I think it was, the CMDR set his ipod to play over the big voice post-wide except the playlist he selected got stuck on repeat at Bon Jovi’s “Living on a prayer” and after about the 6th repeat of the song someone fixed it. So definitely not that

— Kristopher Gaylord (@valhallaswyrdo) October 26, 2020


Sarah Sicard is the Digital Editor of Military Times. She previously served as Army Times Editor. Other work can be found at National Defense Magazine, Task & Purpose, Defense News, Fast Company, Business Insider and AdWeek.

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