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This song was written by Motown Record label as a protest against the Vietnam War. This song is also interpreted as a statement for everyone to live with love, peace and harmony.

Edwin Starr was originally with another music label Ric-Tic Records but when Motown bought the small record company, Edwin was given this song as a single.

The song was first sang by the band The Temptation but was thought as offensive by their fans. So Edwin did not originally want to record the song but  university students from Detroit convinced him it would be a hit.

Edwin’s version of the song did became popular and hit number on the Billboard Top 100 for four weeks in September 1970. This famous song was also ranked the no.5 best song for that year.

Can you guess this song? Here is a clue:

War, huh yeah
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, oh hoh, oh
War huh yeah
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, say it again y’all
War, huh good God
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, listen to me

Watch Edwin Starr’s “War” song here:


Are you a fan of  Edwin Starr? Do you like the song “War”? Where do you remember hearing it?

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  1. I’ll make the trifecta. I haven’t heard of it either. A great anti war song from a few years before was Barry McGuire’s eve of Destruction”

  2. Love this song. I immediately think of Jackie Chan singing it in a movie. Can’t remember the name.

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    • Me too!! Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in Rush Hour. Love it. Lol

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