METALLICA, RUSH, SCORPIONS, IRON MAIDEN Tracks Among 'Greatest Conservative Rock Songs'

Tracks by METALLICA, RUSH, SCORPIONS, IRON MAIDEN, LED ZEPPELIN and AEROSMITH have made National Review's Top 50 list of "greatest conservative rock songs."

According to National Review political reporter John J. Miller, the following ingredients are required to make a great conservative rock song: "The lyrics must convey a conservative idea or sentiment, such as skepticism of government or support for traditional values. And, to be sure, it must be a great rock song."

With regards to the song selection process, Miller says, "We're biased in favor of songs that are already popular, but have tossed in a few little-known gems. In several cases, the musicians are outspoken liberals. Others are notorious libertines. For the purposes of this list, however, we don't hold any of this against them. Finally, it would have been easy to include half a dozen songs by both the KINKS and RUSH, but we've made an effort to cast a wide net. Who ever said diversity isn't a conservative principle?"

01. "Won't Get Fooled Again", by THE WHO
02. "Taxman", by THE BEATLES
03. "Sympathy for the Devil", by THE ROLLING STONES
04. "Sweet Home Alabama", by LYNYRD SKYNYRD
05. "Wouldn't It Be Nice", by THE BEACH BOYS
06. "Gloria", by U2
07. "Revolution", by THE BEATLES
08. "Bodies", by THE SEX PISTOLS
09. "Don't Tread on Me", by METALLICA
10. "20th Century Man", by THE KINKS
11. "The Trees", by RUSH
12. "Neighborhood Bully", by BOB DYLAN
13. "My City Was Gone", by THE PRETENDERS
14. "Right Here, Right Now", by JESUS JONES
15. "I Fought the Law", by THE CRICKETS
16. "Get Over It", by THE EAGLES
17. "Stay Together for the Kids", by BLINK 182
18. "Cult of Personality", by LIVING COLOUR
20. "Rock the Casbah", by THE CLASH
21. "Heroes", by DAVID BOWIE
22. "Red Barchetta", by RUSH
23. "Brick", by BEN FOLDS FIVE
24. "Der Kommissar", by AFTER THE FIRE
25. "The Battle of Evermore", by LED ZEPPELIN
26. "Capitalism", by OINGO BOINGO
27. "Obvious Song", by JOE JACKSON
28. "Janie's Got a Gun", by AEROSMITH
29. "Rime of the Ancient Mariner", by IRON MAIDEN
30. "You Can't Be Too Strong", by GRAHAM PARKER
31. "Small Town", by JOHN MELLENCAMP
32. "Keep Your Hands to Yourself", by THE GEORGIA SATELLITES
33. "You Can't Always Get What You Want", by THE ROLLING STONES
34. "Godzilla", by BLUE ÖYSTER CULT
35. "Who'll Stop the Rain", by CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
36. "Government Cheese", by THE RAINMAKERS
37. "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", by THE BAND
38. "I Can't Drive 55", by SAMMY HAGAR
39. "Property Line", by THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND
40. "Wake Up Little Susie", by THE EVERLY BROTHERS
41. "The Icicle Melts", by THE CRANBERRIES
42. "Everybody's a Victim", by THE PROCLAIMERS
43. "Wonderful", by EVERCLEAR
44. "Two Sisters", by THE KINKS
45. "Taxman, Mr. Thief", by CHEAP TRICK
46. "Wind of Change", by SCORPIONS
47. "One", by CREED
48. "Why Don't You Get a Job", by THE OFFSPRING
49. "Abortion", by KID ROCK
50. "Stand by Your Man", by TAMMY WYNETTE

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