#1 (4 weeks) hit single by Don Mclean in 1971
"Peace Train" is the title of a 1971 hit song by Cat Stevens, taken from his album Teaser and the Firecat. The song climbed to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the week of October 9, 1971, becoming Stevens' first Top 10 hit. The song also spent three weeks at #1 on the adult contemporary chart. It is also featured on The Very Best of Cat Stevens compilation album.
Along with John Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance", Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction" and Dire Straits' "Brothers in Arms", it is reputedly one of the most famous war-protest songs in history.
Cat Stevens later converted to Islam, changed his name to Yusuf Islam, and went into reclusion, but later made some public comments about the plight of children in the Iraq War. Stevens said "'Peace Train' is a song I wrote, the message of which continues to breeze thunderously through the hearts of millions. There is a powerful need for people to feel that gust of hope rise up again. As a member of humanity and as a Muslim, this is my contribution to the call for a peaceful solution." He re-recorded the song for War Child in 2003. The song has also been covered by Tony Meléndez in 1987, and Jann Arden in 2007.