The Cold Wars Influence on Pop Culture By: Maria Johnson and Grace Davis

Pop Culture during The Cold War greatly expresses what was occurring throughout the time period. Things like music, movies, books, television and other media, as well as sports and social beliefs and behavior were all influenced.


  • Many about communism and The soviet Union
  • "Spy Stories" also became very popular showing how KGB agents protected the motherland by foiling dirty work by America's CIA
  • Most Popular Books: Animal Farm, 1984, Spy vs. Spy, The Fourth Protocol


  • TV Shows: The A Team, Mission: Impossible, I Spy, Get Smart...
  • Commercials: 1. Daisy Campaign Commercial. It was aired only once, on 7 September 1964. In the commercial, a man's voice says, "These are the stakes! To make a world in which all of God's children can live, or to go into the dark. We must either love each other, or we must die." Another voice-over then says, "Vote for President Johnson on November 3. The stakes are too high for you to stay home." (Two months later, Lyndon B. Johnson won the election in an electoral landslide)
  • 1984 Campaign Advertisement, “Bear in the woods,” supporting Ronald Reagan for President.
  • Movies also become (were) a very effective device to portray the traditional American family who must face painful treason due to communism.


  • Musicians of these decades, especially in Jazz and Folk Music, were influenced by the nuclear war.
  • Many protest songs during the 1980s reflected unease with tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States.
  • Punk rock bands from the 1980s attacked Cold War era politics
  • Other songs expressed fear of World War III.
  • Most popular songs: "Two Tribes", "Let's go all the way", "Wild Wild West", "Your Attention Please", "Masters of War" and "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall"


  • Hollywood dealt with the theme of American paranoia during the time of the Cold War. The storylines often revolved around the fearful idea that anyone – your husband, your son, your daughter, etc. – could turn into a Communist.
  • Media was often portrayed by propaganda ads & posters.
  • Radio was also a dominant media outlet during 1920's-1930's.
Communism, Space race, Blockade on Cuba, and "Fight the Red Menace."

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