Friday, May 26, 2006

NYT: Top 50 Conservative Rock Songs

I know what you're thinking: "How could the New York Times, of all places, possibly know how to pick a conservative song?" Well, they actually did a relatively good job. Could be better, but I can't really argue with any of thier choices, even though left out some good ones. Anyway, here you go:

A few selected favorites (with my comments in parenthesis):

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 naive 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." The instantly recognizable synthesizer intro, Pete Townshend's ringing guitar, Keith Moon's pounding drums, and Roger Daltrey's wailing vocals make this one of the most explosive rock anthems ever recorded — the best number by a big band, and a classic for conservatives.

6. "Gloria," by U2. -- (Hey, it's U2. What more is there to say?)
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: "Gloria / In te domine / Gloria / Exultate."

23. "Brick," by Ben Folds Five. -- (A masterpiece of a song, very sad, though)
Written from the perspective of a man who takes his young girlfriend to an abortion clinic, this song describes the emotional scars of "reproductive freedom": "Now she's feeling more alone / Than she ever has before. . . . As weeks went by / It showed that she was not fine."

28. "Janie's Got a Gun," by Aerosmith. -- (a personal favorite of the GreatMoose)
How the right to bear arms can protect women from sexual predators: "What did her daddy do? / It's Janie's last I.O.U. / She had to take him down easy / And put a bullet in his brain / She said 'cause nobody believes me / The man was such a sleaze / He ain't never gonna be the same."

47. "One," by Creed. -- (Short and sweet insight on Affirmative Action)
Against racial preferences: "Society blind by color / Why hold down one to raise another / Discrimination now on both sides / Seeds of hate blossom further."

49. "Abortion," by Kid Rock.
A plaintive song sung by a man who confronts his unborn child's abortion: "I know your brothers and your sister and your mother too / Man I wish you could see them too."


And I got a giant kick out of this:

16. "Get Over It," by The Eagles.
Against the culture of grievance: "The big, bad world doesn't owe you a thing." There's also this nice line: "I'd like to find your inner child and kick its little ass."


All in all, not a bad list. Anybody got any more?

1 comment:

Matthew J. said...

In light of the illegal immigration battle: "Born in the USA", by Bruce Springstein. Even if he is a lib.

By the way, Sammy Haggar should never be included in a list of songs for conservatives. Sammy should never be included in any list.