The benefit of a democrat president is we would have another four years free of political rock songs. #bushliedmusicdied
National Review actually compiled a list of the top Conservative Rock songs. Let's look at ther top 10. Nation Review's greatest conservative rock songs. Last year, National Review asked readers to nominate conservative rock songs. Hundreds of suggestions poured in. they’ve sifted through them all, downloaded scores of mp3s, and puzzled over a lot of lyrics.
What follows is a list of the 50 greatest conservative rock songs of all time, as determined by me and a few others. The result is of course arbitrary, though they did apply a handful of criteria.
What makes a great conservative rock song? The lyrics must convey a conservative idea or sentiment, such as skepticism of government or support for traditional values. And, to be sure, it must be a great rock song.
1. “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” by The Who. The conservative movement is full of disillusioned revolutionaries; this could be their theme song, an oath that swears off naïve idealism once and for all.
“There’s nothing in the streets /
Looks any different to me /
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye. . . .
Meet the new boss /
Same as the old boss.”
2. “Taxman,” by The Beatles. buy CD on Amazon.com A George Harrison masterpiece with a famous guitar riff (which was actually played by Paul McCartney):
“If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street /
If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat /
If you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat /
If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.”
The song closes with a humorous jab at death taxes:
“Now my advice for those who die /
Declare the pennies on your eyes.”
3. “Sympathy for the Devil,” by The Rolling Stones. Don’t be misled by the title; this song is The Screwtape Letters of rock.
The devil is a tempter who leans hard on moral relativism
he will try to make you think that “every cop is a criminal /
And all the sinners saints.”
What’s more, he is the sinister inspiration for the cruelties of Bolshevism:
“I stuck around St. Petersburg /
When I saw it was a time for a change /
Killed the czar and his ministers /
Anastasia screamed in vain.”
4. “Sweet Home Alabama,” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. A tribute to the region of America that liberals love to loathe, taking a shot at Neil Young’s Canadian arrogance along the way:
“A Southern man don’t need him around anyhow.”
5. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” by The Beach Boys. Pro-abstinence and pro-marriage:
“Maybe if we think and wish and hope and pray
it might come true /
Baby then there wouldn’t be a single thing we couldn’t do /
We could be married /
And then we’d be happy.”
6. “Gloria,” by U2. Just because a rock song is about faith doesn’t mean that it’s conservative. But what about a rock song that’s about faith and whose chorus is in Latin? That’s beautifully reactionary:
In te domine /
7. “Revolution,” by The Beatles.
“You say you want a revolution /
Well you know /
We all want to change the world . . .
Don’t you know you can count me out?”
What’s more, Communism isn’t even cool:
“If you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao /
You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow.”
(Someone tell the Che Guevara crowd.)
8. “Bodies,” by The Sex Pistols. Violent and vulgar, but also a searing anti-abortion anthem by the quintessential punk band:
“It’s not an animal /
It’s an abortion.”
9. “Don’t Tread on Me,” by Metallica. A head-banging tribute to the doctrine of peace through strength, written in response to the first Gulf War:
“So be it /
Threaten no more /
To secure peace is to prepare for 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, & Gainsborough.