'60s and the '70s rock n' roll music was filled with messages of peace and love. And, for me, all these years later, I find those messages of peace and love to still hold up. From Edwin Starr's lyrics in "War"--"War. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing"--to the lyrics from John Lennon's "Imagine"--"I hope some day you'll join us. And, the world will be as one."--classic rock music has many, many songs that spread the message of peace. Today, I would like to share with you a few of my favorites as part of my Top 5 Favorite Songs About Peace.

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    "Imagine"--John Lennon

    Here is one of John Lennon's most famous songs, and, probably, one of his most quoted. It was recorded back in 1971. And, all these years later, the message still holds up. According to Wikipedia, "The song received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll; it was ranked the 3rd greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone in its "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

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    "Peace Train"--Cat Stevens

    This song was released back in 1971, the same year as "Imagine". And, like "Imagine", all these years later, "Peace Train" is still great at spreading the message of peace. "Everyone, jump upon the peace train"!

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    "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)"--George Harrison

    This song made my Top 5 Favorite George Harrison Songs--coming in at number two on the list. "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" was released in 1973. According to Wikipedia, ""Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" soon became one of Harrison's most popular songs, both from his years with The Beatles and from his subsequent solo career. On release, McCartney described it as "very nice", adding: "The guitar solo is ace and I like the time changes." Rolling Stone critic Stephen Holden lauded the song for its '"strong, short-phrased melody whose lyrics are sheer exhortation", and declared the single "every bit as good as 'My Sweet Lord'".

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    "Give Peace a Chance"--John Lennon

    Easy lyrics to remember with a very strong and clear message: "Give peace a chance"! Wikipedia says, "It is the first solo single issued by Lennon, and became an anthem of the American anti-war movement during the 1970s." This song also made the number one position on my list of my Top 5 Favorite John Lennon Songs.

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    "War"--Edwin Starr

    And, here it is. In at number one is Edwin Starr's "War". This song was a close tie for the number one position on my list, just beating "Give Peace a Chance" by just a tiny bit. I mean, there have never been more truer words spoken: "War. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing." This song was released in 1970. "Notable as the most successful protest song to become a pop hit, earning compliments from contemporary protester John Lennon, "War" became Edwin Starr's signature song," according to Wikipedia.