What are some conservative songs
Conservative rock hits
America's Republicans must be worried that the rock 'n' roll elites sing songs on the other side, especially at election time. Who didn't secretly swap Sammy Hagar, Toby Keith and two dozen secession flag bands for Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, the Stones, the Dixie Chicks? The matter is all the more annoying as George W. Bush shows his taste on his training iPod. If you love Van Morrison, you can't be a bad president.
An editor of the conservative magazine "National Review", John Miller, recently had the idea of reinterpreting the culture war that was believed to be lost. With the help of hundreds of readers, he tracked down conservative, libertarian, anti-statistical texts and sub-texts in rock classics and found it without any effort. The list of the "Top 50 Conservative Rocksongs of all time" is headed by the Who hymn "Won't get fooled again". According to Miller, the "oath of disaffected revolutionaries never to follow naive idealism again", because the "new man" does not exist.
George Harrison's masterly indictment of "Taxman" follows in second place. Conservatives, who, along with Ronald Reagan, see governments as the problem, not problem-solving, couldn't be more concise and sarcastic: If you drive a car, I pay the taxes. Somewhat less convincing is "Sympathy for the Devil" by the Stones, in which Miller elevates the devil to the mocking critic of moral relativism. Lynard Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" sings the song of praise to a region which Miller says "liberals love to hate." It contains a line advising Neil "Southern Man" Young, the arrogant Canadian, to go to Hell. The Beach Boys hold number five on the list with "Wouldn't it be Nice", a song that has been praised as "pro-abstinence and pro-marriage".
Sometimes a "second or third look" is necessary, as John Miller admits, in order to decipher conservative coffers. On other songs, "Revolution" by the Beatles (7th) and "20th Century Man" by the Kinks (10th), the aversion to Mao posters and the gray welfare state officials who stole Ray Davis' freedom is amazingly evident. David Bowie's Wall song "Heroes" (21st) easily makes the list. What the recall proves is what Sean Wilentz, Princeton historian and author of Dylan liner notes, summed up with the startling phrase: "There is everything in rock 'n' roll."
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