Question of the Day: What’s Your Favorite Gun Song?

America’s firearms culture informs and exploits our entertainment culture: TV, movies, video games and music. Music is arguably the most powerful medium when it comes to locking-in associations. Gun songs there are a plenty; has an excellent list with links to videos. What’s your favorite?


  1. avatar Swilson says:

    Probably cliche and obvious but, “Don’t Take Your Guns To Town”, Cash

    1. avatar Swilson says:


      1. avatar Bob McMahan says:

        I have the impression that that murderous conflict has mostly gone away. Does anyone have different information?

        1. avatar Swilson says:

          Eh, for the most part. The major organizations have either disbanded, disarmed and/or suspended “active” campaigns. There is are still crimes (organized and otherwise)committed under the guise of loyalism or republicanism, but that is really in name only.

          However there is what has been termed the “dissident Irish republican” (I.e. Republicans not in agreement with the Good Friday Agreement) campaign which consists of planting pipe bombs and crude IED’s in some areas that don’t do a lot of damage. It’s not nearly as organized as the groups of old, and homemade explosives are used due to a lack of access to small arms and military-grade equipment.

          While many of the larger groups like PIRA, INLA, UDF/UDA have turned in most of their weapons, it is widely thought that not all arms were turned in for a “just in case” type scenario, or were grabbed up by dissidents and relocated before they could be turned in. Supposedly the Provo’s Army Council is still in existence, some say staffed by senior members of Sinn Fein.

          But for the most part the conflict has grown cold and is inactive.

  2. avatar Gman says:

    “Come As You Are”

    Irony is such a Bitch.

    1. avatar Muzzle Device says:

      Down by the river
      by Neil Young

      1. Neil fricken Young? Are you kidding me?
        I’d say turn in your man card but you probably never had one.

        1. avatar Walter, NOT The Dude says:

          An expected comment from a “Southern Man”.

      2. avatar Martin B says:

        An excellent choice. Danny Whitten was the genius behind Crazy Horse, and he brought Neil Young out of the shell his experience with Buffalo Springfield had created. Danny was such a pure soul, he poured his heart into every song and made it his own. Neil without Danny was unthinkable, and it took Neil many years before he got over Danny’s death. But a lot of great music came out of the process. Vale Danny.

  3. avatar Tile floor says:

    I know I it’s about the malt liquor and not the gun, but definitely afromans colt .45

    1. avatar Muzzle Device says:

      Knocking on Heaven’s door

      both Bob Dylan’s and Guns and Roses

    2. avatar Snake Plisskin says:

      Zevon’s “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner”.,,

  4. avatar Steve says:

    I can see clearly now – in Gross Point Blank.

    1. avatar FLResident says:

      Love that movie!

      Debi: You’re a psychopath.

      Marty: No, no. Psychopaths kill for no reason. I kill for *money*. It’s a *job*. That didn’t come out right.

  5. avatar Kramer Robert says:

    Bang Bang, Nancy Sinatra

  6. avatar Mister Fleas says:

    Borderlands 2 by Teamheadkick

  7. avatar jwtaylor says:

    Big Iron, Marty Robbins

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “Big Iron, Marty Robbins”

      Drat. beat me to it.

      The album it came from, ‘Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs’ has a bunch of others, including his classic ‘El Paso’.

      “I see the white puff of smoke from the rifle
      I feel the bullet go deep in my chest…”

      For the kids who haven’t heard it, it is classic country *Gold*:

      1. avatar Pwrserge says:

        Quite a few of the “kids” know it as that one awesome song in Fallout New Vegas.

        But then again, I guarantee you that few people ever heard of “Short Change Hero” by The Heavy until Borderlands 2 came out.

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          “Quite a few of the “kids” know it as that one awesome song in Fallout New Vegas.”

          Not being an FPS gamer, it’s news to me…

      2. avatar Button Gwinnet says:

        I was on a bus to Juarez, and looked out off the overpass into the gritty part of El Paso. And I swear, in 2007, there was a place called Rose’s on the street ther.

    2. avatar Pwrserge says:

      Well damn, we agree on something else. What does that make? Twice this month?

      1. avatar Mr. AR says:

        Auto-Rec: Marty Robbins

    3. avatar Marcus (Aurelius) Payne says:

      Yep, big iron. Mike Ness does a half decent version, too.

    4. avatar IdahoPete says:

      Big Iron. Definitely. Second choice, The Battle of New Orleans – Johnny Horton –

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        ” Second choice, The Battle of New Orleans – Johnny Horton ”

        Why, that’s ‘Alligator violence’!

        “We fired our cannon ’till the barrel melted down
        So we grabbed an alligator and we fought another round
        We filled his head with cannonballs ‘n’ powdered his behind
        And when we touched the powder off, the gator lost his mind!”

        1. avatar Jeffy56 says:

          Yes! The battle for New Orleans!
          Rowland the Thompson gunner…

    5. avatar JSW says:

      “Mr. Shorty”, on the same album, is right up there with Big Iron.

      But probably my favorite gun song is Henry Mancini’s theme from Peter Gunn. (Did I make a pun?)

    6. avatar Ralph says:

      Big Iron FTW.

  8. avatar Joe R. says:

    Whiskey in the Jar – Metallica’s studio version

  9. avatar FLResident says:

    Lynyrd Skynyrd – Saturday Night Special “Got a barrel that’s blue and cold / Ain’t good for nothin’ / But put a man six feet in a hole”. Sure, that’s not totally true. While my snubby .38 isn’t exactly a bulls-eye target competition gun (except maybe in the hands of the cyborg Jerry Miculek), it’s not just a death machine either. A catchy tune none-the-less

    1. avatar Timmy! says:


      Ok, with that out of the way… I was going to mention “SNS” as well as “Gimme Back My Bullet” by LS but worried that they were too “anti” for this crowd. Still good songs though, IMnsHO

      1. avatar Right to Arm Bears says:

        Gotta be Gimme back my Bullets by Skynyrd. My all time favorite!

  10. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

    “armalite rifle”
    gang of four

  11. avatar Bugman says:

    Fast hand by Cody Jinks

  12. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

    “nine bullets”
    drive by truckers

    1. avatar RidgeRunner says:

      Great one!

  13. avatar Warren says:

    Machine Gun Blues by Social Distortion is a current fave.

  14. avatar healthycuriosity says:

    The Atomic Bitchwax — “Forty-Five”

    1. avatar Ing says:

      Best. Band. Name. Ever. Good song, too.

    2. avatar Snake Plissking says:


    3. avatar Martin B says:

      These guys rock – and they can play, too.

      1. avatar healthycuriosity says:

        They’re friggin’ amazing. Maybe the best power trio I’ve ever seen. If they come near your town — run, don’t walk to the show. You will not be disappointed.

  15. avatar matty 9 says:

    Giime Back my Bullets by Lynard Skynard.


    1. avatar anonymoose says:


  16. avatar Montesa_VR says:

    Cows With Guns

    1. avatar Lupinsea says:

      Never thought I’d see another reference to this song outside of my iTunes collection.

      Good for you, sir!

  17. avatar W says:

    Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner.

  18. avatar Supermike says:

    Janie’s Got a Gun – Aerosmith

    1. avatar ucfgrad93 says:

      That gets my vote as well.

  19. avatar passthebrass says:

    Machine Head – Davidian

    1. avatar Ing says:

      Let freedom ring with a shotgun blast!

  20. avatar kevin says:

    “10 cent pistol” The Black Keys

  21. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    It’s a toss up between machine gun by Jimi Hendrix

    Or the ballad of Irving. The 142nd fastest gun in the west…

    1. avatar Rick the Bear (MA to NH) says:


      You know “Irving”?? Funny, you don’t post Jewish. 8>)

      “141 was faster than he
      But Irving was looking for 143”

      1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

        I grew up listening to Doctor Demento.

        1. avatar Rick the Bear (MA to NH) says:

          I had forgotten about that show. Some great stuff.

  22. avatar Ed says:

    Derek Trucks band W/ Warren Haynes – .44 blues

  23. avatar Sweepy says:

    Killing Strangers, Marilyn Manson.

    John Wick was an excellent movie.

  24. avatar Ian in Transit says:

    Hey Man, Nice Shot

    or maybe


    1. avatar William C. Montgomery says:

      +1 (to both)

  25. avatar matty 9 says:

    Seriously! Gimme Back My Bullets is the only one mentioned thus far that rates!. All the other ones suck.

    1. avatar Joe R. says:


    2. avatar RidgeRunner says:

      Except’s about “bullets” on the Billboard charts, as in “No. 1 with a bullet this week.”

    1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

      my kids look at me weirder than usual when i listen to that.

    2. avatar Walter, NOT The Dude says:

      +1 on Sublime

      1. My favorite reggae band. Next to Marley, of course.

  26. avatar mike oregon says:

    Since Marty Robbins ” Big Iron” is taken I’ll go with Waylon Jennings “Devils right hand”

  27. avatar Serpent Vision says:

    Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner – Warren Zevon

    1. What took so long to give Zevon the credit he is due 😮

      1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

        he quit drinking before he died.

        1. avatar Mr. AR says:

          I saw Jim Nantz drinking an Arnold Palmer at Amen Corner,

          and his hair was puuurfect

  28. avatar Nathan says:

    Chris Wall: Something to Shoot

  29. avatar AR says:

    Several from Robert Earl Keen, to wit;

    “Let the Music Play”
    “Whenever Kindness Fails”
    “For Love”
    “Mr. Wolf and Mama Bear”

  30. avatar None says:

    “Luv Them Gun Sounds”

    Waka Flocka definitely has brain damage, but this shit is hilariously entertaining.

  31. avatar Robby says:

    “Shotgun boogie” Tennessee Ernie Ford.

  32. avatar Rick the Bear (MA to NH) says:

    Funny, I like “Don’t Forget the Guns” by Cheryl Wheeler. She’s a seriously anti-gun lesbian and the song was surely meant sarcastically. Yet, the lyrics are pro-gun as part of being prepared. Ironic.

  33. avatar David says:

    I Like Guns by Steve Lee and Jordan Winkler/FXHummel1 does great work, too!

  34. avatar guidoc says:

    “Pistol Packin Mama”.

  35. avatar Cknarf says:

    Mr. Saturday Night Special.

    Only because whenever I take my Jennings J22 out of the safe, it plays in my head and I imagine myself with a glorious mullet.

  36. avatar Stephen M. says:

    Love and a .45 by Chris Knight

  37. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:


  38. avatar Roger Temple says:

    Great subject! Mine would be these:

    Ringo by Lorne Greene

    Theme from Have Gun Will Travel

    Cleaning This Gun by Rodney Atkins

    Grandpa’s Gun by Blake Shelton

  39. avatar Gabe says:

    “Guns” by legendary punk band, D.I.

    1. avatar VaqueroJustice says:

      ‘Cus I like guns, and guns like me.

    2. avatar blahpony says:

      Awww, I wanted to say that. 😉

  40. “Shotgun” by Jr Walker and the Allstars

  41. avatar DK says:

    “Bubba Shot the Jukebox” if you’re browsing the 90s country genre.

  42. avatar Paul on Harsens Island says:

    ‘ Go to Hell’ by Nashville Pussy

  43. I’ve got several favorite gun songs:
    1) “Janie’s Got a Gun” by Aerosmith.
    2) “Happiness is a Warm Gun” (“bang, bang, shoot shoot”) by The Beatles
    3) “I Shot the Sheriff” (“but I didn’t shoot the deputy…. but I swear it was in self-defense”) by Bob Marley

  44. avatar Jeff says:

    “Don’t let’em take your gun” by Grand Funk Railroad. It was on their last album in the late 70’s IIRC.

  45. avatar Boba Fett says:

    “The Guns of Brixton”
    The Clash

    1. avatar VaqueroJustice says:

      Came here to say that

    2. avatar SouthAl says:

      Good choice. Also: “Tommy Gun” The Clash

  46. avatar Zeke says:

    For me, it’s gotta be “Lawyers, Guns, and Money” by Warren Zevon. Tweak a couple of geographical points, and I almost wonder how Warren managed to write about a key year in my own life.

    Damn, I love this song.

  47. avatar Joe in San Antonio says:

    Gimme back my bullets -Skynyrd
    Country boy can survive – Hank Jr
    Don’t take your guns to town – Cash

  48. avatar Mr. AR says:

    “Long Hard Times to Come”

    Especially with a pic of Raylan doing a Weaver stance down a Glock at Boyd. “But we dug coal….”

    1. avatar SouthAl says:

      +1 on the J & S. Saw them once at a college party in the mid 80’s and was a lifelong fan.

  49. avatar John Fritz, HMFIC says:

    Toss up between ‘Bible and a Gun’ by Jason and the Scorchers and ‘Jesus or a Gun’ by Fuel.

    1. avatar SouthAl says:

      +1 to the J & S. Saw them once at a party in the mid 80’s and have been a lifelong fan.

  50. avatar Darkstar says:

    Grateful Dead-Chinatown Shuffle

    And I can’t handle your problems
    Don’t try to handle mine
    Get yourself a shotgun, a pocketful of shells
    While away the time

    Get it right, do it nice
    If you make a mistake, pay for it twice
    But if you need it, got to have it
    Get yourself a shotgun and bring it back home

  51. avatar BDub says:

    Hallowed Point – by Slayer

    1. avatar BDub says:

      Almost forgot Pistol-grip Pump – Rage Against the Machine (no, I dont give a crap about thier politics)

      1. avatar Joe in San Antonio says:

        Forgot that one, one of my favorites as well.

  52. avatar Duane says:

    32/20 Blues – Mr Robert Johnson also dig the cover by Gov’t Mule

  53. avatar RidgeRunner says:

    I’d say “Devil’s Right Hand” by Steve Earle, especially after he told me it wasn’t a gun control song.
    “I Got Rights” by Hank Jr. is a great one.
    “Down The River” by Chris Knight has a good shootin’ in it.

  54. avatar Mr. AR says:

    Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture”

    1. avatar matty 9 says:

      TRUE STORY! I didn’t even think of that, It may be the first time artillary ever had a part written for it in music.

  55. avatar Koop says:

    Trigger Happy by Weird Al needs some love here.

  56. avatar AD says:

    Lightnin’ Hopkins – “Shotgun Blues”
    Many good ones listed already.

  57. avatar Henry C. says:

    Devil’s Right Hand – Johnny Cash

  58. avatar That's right (you're not from Texas)... says:

    Robert Earl Keen Jr.

    Sonora’s Death Row

    1. avatar That's right (you're not from Texas)... says:

      I prefer this slightly different version of Sonora’s Death Row.

      1. avatar Mr. AR says:

        Thanks, I’d overlooked that’n.

        REK – the perfect headliner for TTAG’s Texas soirée.

  59. avatar tiger says:


  60. avatar anonymoose says:

    Tons of good stuff here! No one has mentioned Shoot to Thrill or Love Gun yet. I don’t really have a favorite, but those two are up there.

  61. avatar Dr. Vinnie Boombotz says:

    ” Love Gun” by KISS.

  62. avatar tdiinva (now in wisconsin) says:

    Der Freischutz by Carl Maria von Weber.

  63. avatar Phydeaux says:

    Frank Black and the Catholics: Bullet

  64. avatar Ken says:

    Mark Knopfler – “Cleaning My Gun”

  65. avatar Phydeaux says:

    Frank Black: Bullet

  66. avatar Phydeaux says:

    Frank Black and the Catholics — Bullet

  67. avatar BLoving says:

    Seriously? “Seven Spanish Angels” by Ray Charles and Willy Nelson.
    Not so seriously? “Trigger Happy” by Weird Al Yankovic

  68. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Well played!

  69. avatar Carlos says:

    I don’t like Mondays. -Boomtown Rats

  70. avatar Florian Geyer says:

    Gunpowder and Lead by Miranda Lambert.

    “His fist’s big but my gun’s bigger.”

  71. avatar blahpony says:

    Kicker Boys – Handgun

  72. avatar Walter, NOT The Dude says:

    For cryin out loud…!¿

    “Hey Joe”, Hendrix version.

    1. avatar RidgeRunner says:

      I shot her!

  73. avatar Walter, NOT The Dude says:

    My second is “Folsom Prison”, J. Cash.

  74. avatar Martin B says:

    “Fire On The Mountain” – Marshall Tucker Band

  75. avatar Jeff says:


    “Hand on the Pump” by Cypress Hill


  76. avatar chkrdflg says:

    “Shotgun, Rifle, and a .45” by JB and the Moonshine Band.

    Also “Grandaddy’s Gun” by AaronLewis.

  77. avatar Ralph says:

    Galveston, oh Galveston
    I still hear your sea waves crashing
    While I watch the cannons flashing
    I clean my gun and dream of Galveston

    Poetry man. Simply poetry.

    1. avatar Zeke says:

      That is indeed a beautiful song.

  78. avatar Rak Slyde says:

    “Old Henry Rifle” by Jackson Taylor & The Sinners:
    I’m going to take down my Old Henry rifle
    Fill it full of brass and lead
    Cause I’m tired of choking on the bullshit
    And these lies I’ve been force-fed
    So take your hands out of my pockets
    Don’t try to tell me how to live
    Well you’ve taken all you’re going to take
    And I’ve given all I’m going to give

  79. avatar Button Gwinnet says:

    Dropkick Murphys “Johnny I hardly knew ye.”

    “We had guns and drums and drums and guns,
    Hurroo Hurroo
    We had guns and drums and drums and guns,
    Hurroo Hurroo
    We had guns and drums and drums and guns
    The enemy never slew ye
    Johnny I hardly knew ye”

  80. avatar rtw1951 says:

    Doctor DeMento and “The Ballad of Gumby”

  81. avatar Jack says:

    About 90% of the above songs blow hobos. Whereas Flatfoot 56’s “Loaded Gun” doesn’t.

  82. avatar Timmy! says:

    What about “Fernando” by ABBA?

    *edit* Ok, I posted that in jest, but then went and listened to it again and it really is a pretty decent song… if one can get over the whole ABBA thing.

  83. avatar Chris T from KY says:

    Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsies
    “Machine Gun” live at the Fillmore East 1969, new years eve show.

  84. avatar Chris T from KY says:

    Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsies
    “Machine Gun” live at the Fillmore East 1969, new years eve show

  85. avatar Garrison Hall says:

  86. avatar Garrison Hall says:

  87. avatar Patriot02 says:

    Probably The Battle of New Orleans, by Jonny Horton. Although Aaron Lewis’s Country Boy is pretty good, although debatable over whether it’s a “gun song”

  88. Invisible Sun – The Police

    Some honorable mentions (not already mentioned above):

    I Hung My Head – Sting

    30/30-150 – Stone Sour

    Modern Day Cowboy – Tesla

    Billy’s Got A Gun – Def Leppard

  89. How could I forget about this:

    Rooster – Alice In Chains

  90. avatar tmm says:

    “Billy’s Got A Gun”

    1. avatar tmm says:

      or…”Girls with Guns”

  91. avatar Esoteric Inanity says:

    Dio-Give Her The Gun

    Dio-Naked In The Rain

    Heaven & Hell-Neverwhere

    Judas Priest-All Guns Blazing

    Judas Priest-Eat Me Alive

    Iron Maiden-Two Minutes To Midnight

    Iron Maiden-The Trooper

    Steppin’ Wolf-Born To Be Wild

    Buffalo Springfield-For What It’s Worth

    Bad Company-Bad Company

    Blue Öyster Cult-Hammer Back

    Golden Earring-Twilight Zone

    Kill Devil Hill-War Machine


    Yngwie Malmsteen-Bite The Bullet

    To name several.

  92. avatar Bob says:

    I like several of the songs that were mentioned previously. Here are a couple more:

    Uncle Gus by Great White
    “Now I’m standin’ on the corner, waitin’ for the bus. I got a 44 in my pocket to finish off Uncle Gus. I aint got no money, but I know of one who does. So now I’m on my way to finish off Uncle Gus.”
    “Way down, deep down, I’m a real nice guy. Gus has got the money, so now it’s time for sayin’ goodbye.”

    Rocky Raccoon by The Beatles
    “Now she and her man, who called himself Dan, were in the next room at the hoedown. Rocky burst in, and grinning a grin, he said “Danny boy, this is a showdown.” But Daniel was hot. He drew first and shot, and Rocky collapsed in the corner. AAHH.”

  93. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

    “youth of eglington”
    black uhuru

  94. avatar tiger says:

    Actually There Is Another Colt .45 song. It Is The Theme To The Tv Show Western Of The Same Name. Meanwhile, Let’s Add Frankie Laine’s Gunfight At The OK corral to the list.

  95. avatar Benzo says:

    “Shotgun Blues” by The Blues Brothers.

  96. avatar Roger Temple says:

    Every time I pick up one of my guns I remember to “Say a prayer for peace, For our daughters and our sons. Set our spirits free. Let us lay down our guns.” ( Till the Last Shot’s Fired by Trace Atkins )

    There’s also A Country Boy Can Survive by Hank Williams Jr.

  97. avatar Sledgecrowbar says:

    I know it’s not guns, but this always gets me. Also, does the Battlefield 1942 score count? Great stuff.

  98. avatar Jeff says:

    A Country Boy Can Survive – HWJ

    And a pretty one:

  99. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Gov’t Mule with Sonny Landreth
    .32/20 blues

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