Top 10 Conservative Rock Songs
According to the right-wing The National Review Online, these recordings represent the greatest conservative rock songs of all time. The original list covers the Top 50, but the ten were as far as I could go.
1. Won’t Get Fooled Again, by The Who. A theme song for disillusioned revolutionaries.
2. Taxman, by The Beatles.
3. Sympathy for the Devil, by The Rolling Stones. The devil is a tempter who leans hard on moral relativism.
4. Sweet Home Alabama, by Lynyrd Skynyrd. The title says it all.
5. Wouldn’t It Be Nice, by The Beach Boys. Pro-abstinence and pro-marriage.
6. Gloria, by U2. A rock song about faith with a chorus in Latin?
7. Revolution, by The Beatles.
“Don’t you know that you can count me out?” Lennon: “In.”
8. Bodies, by The Sex Pistols. A searing anti-abortion anthem.
9. Don’t Tread on Me, by Metallica. A plea for peace through strength, written in response to the first Gulf War.
10. 20th Century Man, by The Kinks. “You keep all your smart modern writers / Give me William Shakespeare / You keep all your smart modern painters / I’ll take Rembrandt, Titian, da Vinci, and Gainsborough. . . . I was born in a welfare state / Ruled by bureaucracy / Controlled by civil servants / And people dressed in grey / Got no privacy got no liberty / ’Cause the 20th-century people / Took it all away from me.”
Probably the most interesting thing about the list is the age of the songs – and the singers – the most recent was recorded in 1991 (fifteen years ago), while the eldest was written in 1966 (40 years ago) – so it’s a fairly easy sum to see where the selectors are coming from.