May 24, 2006

NR's Top 50 Conservative Rock Songs

It's mostly the work of John J. Miller: Good top 10 list:

1. "Won't Get Fooled Again," by The Who
2. "Taxman," by The Beatles
3. "Sympathy for the Devil," by The Rolling Stones (I hadn't realized that Mick Jagger wrote the lyrics after reading Mikhail Bulgakov's 1930s samzidat novel The Master and Margarita about the Devil's visit to Communist Moscow)
4. "Sweet Home Alabama," by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
5. "Wouldn't It Be Nice," by The Beach Boys.
6. "Gloria," by U2.
7. "Revolution," by The Beatles.
8. "Bodies," by The Sex Pistols.
9. "Don't Tread on Me," by Metallica.
10. "20th Century Man," by The Kinks.

For the other 40, click here.

Two great Berlin Wall songs are included ("Heroes" by David Bowie and "Right Here Right Now" by Jesus Jones), but not the third, "Holidays in the Sun" by the Sex Pistols, which I love for Steve Jones' tremendous riff. I didn't see either Dead Kennedys classic: "Holiday in Cambodia" or "California Uber Alles." LA bands are underrepresented: there's no "American Music" by the Blasters, the extremely politically incorrect "Los Angeles" by X, or "How Will the Wolf Survive?" by Los Lobos (Chicano conservatism).

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