Popular music, 100 years ago as it is now, is a form of creative expression. During World War One, songs were written to express a variety of emotions – love, homesickness, patriotism, for example – and were used as morale boosters for soldiers and on the home front. Music also served as a means of spreading wartime propaganda.
Songs could be sung in music halls, at parties or to one’s self. Thanks to the sale of sheet music and disk records, these songs were as easy to distribute as they were to learn.
Five Popular Songs
The following are five songs popular during the war. Click play to hear the recording.
If You Were The Only Girl In The World (love song)
Over There (rally cry)
A Conscientious Objector Sung (pokes fun at conscientious objectors)
Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty (homesickness)
The Rose Of No Man’s Land (an ode to nurses)
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