The role of music in World War II was significant unlike any other in history; in the context of the largest war in history, modern states engaged in combat on all dimensions to win, including the use of art and music. As we reflect on WWII the music of the era can shed light on what the mood was at the time.
During World War II Americans truly sacrificed. There was mass rationing and citizens contributed to the war effort directly through work and volunteerism. WWII could also be considered the first mass media war, with radio and movies spreading not only songs, but often specific bands. Patriotism in music was not only popular, it was sincere.
Countries welcomed music that spoke to their side of the conflict as it served many purposes. Music played an important role in lifting the morale of both the troops and the civilian populations. It was also used as straight up propaganda.
This playlist examines songs on the American side that were popular during the war and that speak to those turbulent times.
American Songs Of World War II
3. Kiss The Boys Goodbye - Pete Jacobs & His Wartime Radio Revue
4. Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition - The Glee Club