There are many great (rock) songs that mark a historic, tragic or a world changing event. Here is my top five (random order). Pride (in the name of love) - U2 The whole song is about the death of Dr. Martin Luther King on April 4th, 1968. He was shot in a Memphis hotel. The lyrics actually contain a factual error since Dr. King was shot in the early evening not in the morning. Early morning, April 4 Shot rings out in the Memphis sky Free at last, they took your life They could not take your pride. Nebraska - Bruce Springsteen This song is about serial killer Charles Starkweather who committed 11 murders, 10 together with his girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate. Springsteen got inspired after seeing the movie Badlands, which was based on Starkweathers killing spree. Tears in heaven - Eric Clapton One of the most emotional charged songs I know. Clapton is singing to his four year old son Conor, who died by falling from the 53rd floor of an apartment building in 1991. Wind of change - Scorpions In 1988 the Scorpions became the first hard-rock band to play in Russia. They got inspired by the thousands of people cheering for them even though they were German. In 1990, this became the unofficial anthem for the German Reunification. The world is closing in And did you ever think That we could be so close, like brothers 2 Minutes to midnight - Iron Maiden The title is a reference to the Doomsday Clock, which was created in 1947 by the magazine Bulletin Of Atomic Sciences. It is a symbolic clock, the closer the clock is to midnight, the closer the world is to nuclear disaster. Please feel free to add your songs to this list!