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SAN BERNANDINO, CA - AUGUST 20: Singer Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden performs at Ozzfest 2005 at the Hyundai Pavilion on August 20, 2005 in San Bernandino, California. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)

Iron Maiden’s The Number Of The Beast was released 36 years ago today (March 22), and from that iconic album came one of the most iconic metal tracks that’s become a staple of rock radio.

Of course, “Run To The Hills” famously portrays the relationship of European settlers and Native Americans, and often gets tastefully brought up online around Thanksgiving.  (Seriously, look that up on Twitter.)  In honor of this, we gathered some other famous rock tracks and the events that inspired them.

Iron Maiden – “Run To The Hills”

Relationship between European settlers and Native Americans.

Iron Maiden - Run To The Hills (Official Video)

Iron Maiden - Run To The Hills - from 1982's The Number Of The Beast Buy from Amazon: Download: Stream: Newly uploaded in HD Complete your Iron Maiden vinyl collection: Download and play Iron Maiden's 'Legacy Of The Beast' iOS and Android game for free now at New album 'The Book Of Souls' out now.

U2 – “Sunday Bloody Sunday”

Written about a January 30, 1972 shooting in Derry, Northern Ireland during a protest against Operation Demetrius, which jailed people without trial.  26 unarmed people were shot by British soldiers which resulted in 13 deaths.

U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday

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Motley Crue – “Kickstart My Heart”

Written by Nikki Sixx about being brought back to life after an overdose by receiving two shots of adrenaline to his chest.

Mötley Crüe - Kickstart My Heart

Music video by Motley Crue performing Kickstart My Heart. (P) 1989 The copyright in this audiovisual recording is owned by Masters 2000 Inc

Filter – “Hey Man Nice Shot”

Written about the Robert Budd Dwyer, the Pennsylvania state treasurer who shot himself dead at a press conference on January 22, 1987 after being convicted of bribery charges in December 1986.

Filter - Hey Man, Nice Shot (Official Video) HD

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Artists United Against Apartheid – “Sun City”

Written by Steven Van Zandt of The E Street Band, “Sun City” truly doesn’t get the credit it deserves.  The protest song was about the Sun City casino resort located in the Bantustan of Bophuthatswana, which was an independent state created by the then apartheid government of South Africa. The casino would lure big name acts with large amounts of money to play the casino despite a boycott from the United Nations, who were against apartheid. Plus, it had one of the best rosters ever with Joey Ramone, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan and George Clinton all appearing on the track.

Artists United Against Apartheid - Sun City (Official Video)

Artists United Against Apartheid was a 1985 protest group founded by activist and performer Steven Van Zandt and record producer Arthur Baker to protest apartheid in South Africa.


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger who once did a presentation in a college public speaking course about why The Rolling Stones were better than The Beatles.  (She received an A.)

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.