Στις 29 Αυγούστου 1970 ο Edwin Starr ανέβηκε για τρεις εβδομάδες στο No.1 του αμερικάνικου singles chart με τραγούδι “War”. Στην Βρετανία έφτασε μέχρι το No.3. Ήταν το μοναδικό No.1 του Edwin Starr στις ΗΠΑ. To τραγούδι είναι δημιουργία των Norman Whitfield και Barrett Strong του διδύμου των επιτυχιών της Motown. Είναι ένα τραγούδι διαμαρτυρίας κατά του πολέμου στο Βιετνάμ, αλλά αναφέρεται και στην ανάγκη αρμονίας στην καθημερινή μας ζωή. Το τραγούδι αρχικά επρόκειτο να δοθεί στους Temptations αλλά τελικά το πήρε ο Edwin Starr και η εκτέλεσή του ήταν πραγματικά εκπληκτική, έτσι όταν αργότερα το είπαν και οι Temptations η δική τους εκτέλεση πέρασε απαρατήρητη.

War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again, why’all

War, huh, good god
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing, listen to me

Oh, war, I despise
‘Cause it means destruction of innocent lives

War means tears to thousands of mothers eyes
When their sons go to fight
And lose their lives

I said, war, huh good god, why’all
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing say it again

War, whoa, lord
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing, listen to me

(War) it ain’t nothing but a heart-breaker
(War) friend only to the undertaker
Oh, war it’s an enemy to all mankind
The point of war blows my mind
War has caused unrest
Within the younger generation
Induction then destruction
Who wants to die, ah, war-huh, good god why’all
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it, say it, say it
War, huh
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing listen to me

(War) it ain’t nothing but a heart breaker
(War) it’s got one friend that’s the undertaker
Oh, war, has shattered many a young mans dreams
Made him disabled, bitter and mean
Life is much to short and precious
To spend fighting wars these days
War can’t give life
It can only take it away

Oh, war, huh good god why’all
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing say it again

(War) whoa, lord
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing listen to me

(War) it ain’t nothing but a heart breaker
(War) friend only to the undertaker
Peace, love and understanding
Tell me, is there no place for them today
They say we must fight to keep our freedom
But lord knows there’s got to be a better way

Oh, war, huh good god why’all
What is it good for you tell me
Say it, say it, say it, say it

(War) huh good god why’all
What is it good for
Stand up and shout it nothing