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Songs about Heroes or Heroines

Just trying to think up a new song topic, so maybe try this one. Think of songs about your heros or heroines. Songs may have hero in the title or lyrics (those are easy), but others may be inferred by something a person has done, or be in reference to a particular person. Be creative! 


So here are my first picks to get started -


Holding Out for a Hero - Bonnie Tyler


Candle in the Wind - Elton John (in reference to Marilyn Monroe and later Lady Diana)

"Rock 'n' roll might not solve your problems, but it does let you dance all over them." Pete Townshend

"One Tin Soldier" from the movie Billy Jack.

Social Butterfly

"Israelites" * Desmond Decker & The Aces

6 Day War


My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys  by Willie Nelson

Silver Conversationalist

Heroes by David Bowie

Regular Contributor

"Billy Don't Be A Hero" by Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods. 


Regular Contributor

"The Green Berets" by Sgt. Barry Sadler

Regular Contributor

The Wind Beneath My Wings by, Bette Midler

Love Lift Us Up Where We Belong duet by, ...

Lean on Me by, ...

The Lion Sleeps Tonight by, ...

Hero by, Maria Carey

God Bless America





Great choices!

0 Kudos

An oldie from WWII (1943) - Comin' in on a Wing and a Pray'r

(written by Harold Adamson and Jimmie McHugh) Song by the Song Spinners

Social Butterfly

"Color Him Father {Color him Love} * The Winstons (69)

"My real Dad, he got killed in the war"


An oldie from WWII - "Comin' n on a Wing and a Pray'r"  (written by Harold Admson and Jimmie McHugh) song by the Song Spinners


My niece's husband dedicated the song, "  Hero" by Mariah Carey, to his mother for their mother and son dance at his wedding. Her husband's father had passed away when he was just a small boy and his mother raised him and his brother by herself. I thought it was very touching and appropriate. "And then a hero comes along, with the strength to carry on. And you cast your fears aside and you know you can survive. So when you feel like hope is gone. Look inside you and be strong. And you'll finally see the truth. That a hero lies in you". What a wonderful dedication to his mother.

Gold Conversationalist

"My Daddy Was My Hero Till He Got Thrown In Jail" by the Silver Mountain Posse, circa 1972.

Periodic Contributor

John Henry by Guy Johnson

The Steel Driving Man



“Zero to Hero” from Disney’s “Hercules”.

Regular Contributor

O Sacred Head Surrounded

Regular Social Butterfly

God Bless The USA - Lee Greenwood

Regular Social Butterfly

Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean


At the bottom of this mine lies a big, big man,  Big Bad John.


Ballad of The Green Beret! By Sgt. Barry Sadler

Periodic Contributor

Hero and Heroine - Strawbs

Periodic Contributor

Green Berets-I don't remember artist-Vietnam-era song


Ballad of the Green Berets: USA Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler


A very good choice!


Abraham, Martin and John

written and performed by 

Dion Dimucci



Trusted Contributor

Hero by Mariah Carey


Color Him Father, by the Winstons


Mother with seven kids whose father died in the war.  Married to a loving man with a big wide grin and admired by his new son.


James Nelson Jr
Regular Contributor

My heros have always been cowboys / Waylon Jennings


Jimmy Dean's "Big John"


"Joe Hill" sung by Joan Baez is a beautiful, single, inspiring song about labor leader Joe Hill.


Heros and Villians:  Beach Boys


You Light Up My Life:  Debbie Boone




Holding Out For A Hero:  Bonnie Tyler


Billy, Don't be A Hero:  Bo Donaldson and the Heywards





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