Vietnam Music Monday: “Give Peace a Chance”

Give Peace a Chance

“Give Peace a Chance” was released as a single in 1969 by the Plastic Ono Band. (Newseum collection)

Music played an important cultural role during the Vietnam War, representing the rebellious views of a young generation and the traditional values of an older, so-called “silent majority.” The Newseum selected 40 songs released between 1963 and 1973 that typified the music of the Vietnam era. The songs captured the emotions of people for and against the war and reflected the mood of an increasingly diverse country amid dramatic social and political change.

The 40 songs, part of the Newseum’s “Reporting Vietnam” exhibit, are a fraction of the hundreds of recordings that dealt with the war and civil disobedience. Each week, one song from the playlist will be featured. We encourage you to add your favorite songs of the era to the comment section!

Give Peace a Chance (1969)

Recorded by the Plastic Ono Band

“Give Peace a Chance” was the first solo single released by John Lennon while he was still a member of the Beatles. Lennon performed the song with his wife, Yoko Ono, during their “bed-in for peace” honeymoon in Montreal, and it quickly became an anthem for the anti-war movement. On Nov. 15, 1969, an estimated 500,000 protesters sang the song during an anti-war demonstration in Washington, D.C.


Let me tell you now
Everybody’s talking about revolution
Evolution, masturbation, flagellation
Regulation, integrations, meditations
United Nations, congratulations
All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance

Purchase “Give Peace a Chance” on Amazon or iTunes.

“Reporting Vietnam,” a new exhibit that marks the 50th anniversary of the start of America’s first televised war, explores the dramatic stories of how journalists brought news about the war to a divided nation.

CBS News

Contributing support for the “Reporting Vietnam” exhibit is provided by CBS Corporation, in memory of CBS News correspondent Bob Simon.

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  1. I really think y’all should put more details along with more facts and especially with more history along with it, but other than that its great 🙂

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