The air was full of songs about Vietnam as the boys in my high school had to prepare for facing the newly initiated draft, hoping their lottery numbers would not come up. It's hard to say I "liked" most of the anti-war songs: They were meant to move listeners to decisive action, not to sentiment. Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction" asked the painfully ironic question of whether the destruction the U.S. was part of--from the halls of high schools to the jungles of Vietnam and the skies of Cambodia--was or was not the eve of destruction.
Eric Burdon and The Animals protested the destruction in "Sky Pilot" featuring Military Chaplains who escorted youths to battle and to death after. Cat Stevens and Tom Paxton sang of the hope of peace in "Peace Train" and "Peace Will Come," respectively. Creedence Clearwater Revival asked in beautiful metaphor who would bring the peace in "Who'll Stop the Rain":
The rain been comin' down.Clouds of myst'ry pourin' Confusion on the ground.Good men through the ages, Tried to find the sun;And I wonder, still I wonder, Who'll stop the rain.