War! Huh! What is it good for?


'War! Huh!' This is the chorus of one of the most famous protest songs ever. It was made famous in 1970 and is still very powerful and popular today. But, was life so bad in the 1970s?

EdwinStarrEdwin Starr's version of "War" was a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1970. It is not only his most successful record, but one of the most popular protest songs ever recorded.

Starr had only one major hit to his name before this song was released. But that all changed in June 1970, when "War" became a runaway hit and held top position on the Billboard Pop Singles chart for three weeks in the summer of 1970. The song protested the war in Vietnam and had previously been sung by the famous group the Temptations.

1970 to 1979 might have been a hard decade for some, with many problems across the world, but for children, it was super cool!  Here are a few of the many inventions from the 1970s:

Cassette tape recorders
Platform shoes
Digital watch
Pocket calculator
Personal computer

Roller skates

Chopper bikes

Digital camera

Punk Rock

Star Wars
Flared trousers

Post-it notes  
Mobile phone
Walkman (personal tape music player)


If you want to find out more about the 1970s, why not ask your parents, or grandparents to share their favourite songs from that time, or their favourite snacks, television programmes. Find out what they got up to when they were young children. You might be very surprised!


The Vietnam War was fought between the communist regime of North Vietnam and its southern allies, the Viet Cong, against South Vietnam and the United States.

More than three million people were killed, including 58,000 Americans.

The war became unpopular in the U.S. It ended with their forces leaving in 1973 and the unification of Vietnam under Communist control in 1975.

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