Top 50 "Conservative" Rock Songs.

Really. The National Review compiled a list, which the NY Times has posted. The Top Ten:

1. "Won't Get Fooled Again," by The Who.
2. "Taxman," by The Beatles.
3. "Sympathy for the Devil," by The Rolling Stones.
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
Um, The Beatles? I mean, yeah, the Beatles were railing against taxes in that one song but have you listened to anything else by the band that invented the 60s? The Who? Um, not really values voters. And yeah, U2 may reference Christianity, but I'm pretty sure that nobody would call Bono a Conservative. Relieving Third World Debt is now a Conservative cause? Sex Pistols? Punk is not Conservative. Sorry. The Kinks and Metallica don't really fit with Jerry Falwell's vision for America. The only way you could possibly call the Rolling Stones Conservative is if you examined them as a corporation that has remained profitable for 40 years.

That leaves The Beach Boys and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The Beach Boys might be small 'c' conservatives, singing about surfing and cars and ignoring all that 60s stuff, but they're not making sweeping social commentary. Lynyrd Skynyrd made it onto the list for a song about a racist governor.


Some other ironic choices include songs by Bob Dylan, (Neighborhood Bully) David Bowie (Heroes) and Aerosmith (Janie's Got a Gun). Other songs that made the list due to complete misunderstandings include:
32. "Keep Your Hands to Yourself," by The Georgia Satellites.
An outstanding vocal performance, with lyrics that affirm old—time sexual mores: "She said no huggy, no kissy until I get a wedding vow."
You know that this song is demonstrably not about 'affirming old-time sexual mores,' right?

Conservatives need to stick to Country. Pretending to be hip doesn't help your cause.

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