The Music of World War 1

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This is the story of a song that travelled the world and became one of the most iconic songs of World War One.

Almost 100 years after it was written, the tune and lyrics remain with us long after the guns of World War One have fallen silent.


A firm favourite in its day with troops on the Western Front as well as their families back at home, its popularity didn’t stop there. ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’ went on to enjoy success in Hollywood films, Broadway musicals and even made an appearance in the UK top ten chart as recently as 2010.


It’s been translated into Dutch, German and Spanish, becoming a truly global hit. But in the midst of a world war, what was it about this song in particular that made it such a huge success?

Other popular songs of WW1

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Only girl in the world

It's a long way to Tipperary

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Keep the home fires burning

Goodbye-ee Sung By Courtland & Jeffries