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11/22/2013 12:35 EST | Updated 11/22/2013 12:39 EST

JFK And The Songs His Assassination Inspired

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President John F. Kennedy, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Texas Gov. John Connally are shown as their limousine heads for Air Force One at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, Nov. 21, 1963. The president and his entourage were heading to Houston. (AP Photo)

It was 50 years ago today that John F. Kennedy was gunned down in Dallas. It was a sound that reverberated around the world and has continued to do so through the decades.

The trauma of JFK's assassination has inspired countless books, movies, TV programs and, yes, songs. The latter have perhaps proven the most powerful because rather than trying to parse what exactly happened that terrible November day, they eschew facts for feelings.

Everyone from the Byrds and the Beach Boys to Pearl Jam and Postal Service to Tori Amos and Guns N' Roses have written songs inspired by Kennedy, and we've compiled 30 of them here with relevant lyrics as a musical tribute on the anniversary of JFK's death.

Elsewhere, Beach Boys' Mike Love has written a moving blog about their tribute "The Warmth of the Sun" and a musicologist looks at JFK's five favourite songs and what they can tell us about him.

Remembering John F. Kennedy In Song