Saturday, May 27, 2006

Memorial Weekend Playlist...

Hook up your iPods, National Review Online has compiled a list of the 50 Greatest Conservative Rock Songs.

Now, by "conservative rock song" they don't mean someone screaming "I love Bush" or "Neocons rule the world" --they mean songs that convey a conservative message or conservative values. These songs may be performed by apolitical musicians, total libs or right-leaning rockers...but the songs themselves have a message that most conservatives can relate to.

"On first glance, rock ’n’ roll music isn’t very conservative. It doesn’t fare much better on second or third glance (or listen), either. Neil Young has a new song called “Let’s Impeach the President.” Last year, the Rolling Stones made news with “Sweet Neo Con,” another anti-Bush ditty. For conservatives who enjoy rock, it isn’t hard to agree with the opinion Johnny Cash expressed in “The One on the Right Is on the Left”: “Don’t go mixin’ politics with the folk songs of our land / Just work on harmony and diction / Play your banjo well / And if you have political convictions, keep them to yourself.” In other words: Shut up and sing!

But some rock songs really are conservative — and there are more of them than you might think. Last year, I asked readers of National Review Online to nominate conservative rock songs. Hundreds of suggestions poured in. I’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 we did apply a handful of criteria." (source)

Here's the List (NRO has a summary as to why each song made the list):
1) "Won’t Get Fooled Again" -The Who
2) "Taxman" - The Beatles
3) "Sympathy for the Devil" -The Rolling Stones
4) "Sweet Home Alabama" -Lynyrd Skynyrd
5) "Wouldn’t It Be Nice" - The Beach Boys
6) "Gloria" -U2
7) "Revolution" -The Beatles
8) "Bodies" -The Sex Pistols
9) "Don’t Tread on Me" -Metallica
10) "20th Century Man" -The Kinks
11) "The Trees" -Rush
12) "Neighborhood Bully" -Bob Dylan
13) "My City Was Gone" -The Pretenders
14) "Right Here, Right Now" -Jesus Jones
15) "I Fought the Law" -The Crickets
16) "Get Over It" -The Eagles
17) "Stay Together for the Kids" -Blink 182
18) "Cult of Personality" -Living Colour
19) "Kicks" -Paul Revere and the Raiders
20) "Rock the Casbah" -The Clash
21) "Heroes" -David Bowie
22) "Red Barchetta" -Rush
23) "Brick" - Ben Folds Five
24) "Der Kommissar" -After the Fire
25) "The Battle of Evermore" -Led Zeppelin
26) "Capitalism" -Oingo Boingo
27) "Obvious Song" -Joe Jackson
28) "Janie’s Got a Gun" -Aerosmith
29) "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" -Iron Maiden
30) "You Can’t Be Too Strong" -Graham Parker
31) "Small Town" -John Mellencamp
32) "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" -The Georgia Satellites
33) "You Can’t Always Get What You Want" -The Rolling Stones
34) "Godzilla" -Blue öyster Cult
35) "Who’ll Stop the Rain" -Creedence Clearwater Revival
36) "Government Cheese" -The Rainmakers
37) "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" -The Band
38) "I Can’t Drive 55" -Sammy Hagar
39) "Property Line" -The Marshall Tucker Band
40) "Wake Up Little Susie" -The Everly Brothers
41) "The Icicle Melts" -The Cranberries
42) "Everybody’s a Victim" -The Proclaimers
43) "Wonderful" -Everclear
44) "Two Sisters" -The Kinks
45) "Taxman, Mr. Thief" -Cheap Trick
46) "Wind of Change" -The Scorpions
47) "One" -Creed
48) "Why Don’t You Get a Job" -The Offspring
49) "Abortion" -Kid Rock
50) "Stand By Your Man" -Tammy Wynette

(H/T: Alex C)

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