National Review Unveils ’50 Greatest Conservative Rock Songs,’ Many of Them Metal

More than a few of the songs on the National Review‘s list could be considered great liberal rock songs — and probably are, by the artists who wrote them. Like #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.

The list is metal-heavy (Rush, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Zeppelin, Scorpions) with the semi-obvious singles (“I Fought the Law,” “Rock The Casbah”) and semi-curious (The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For the Devil,” who recently penned the anti-Bush “Sweet Neo Con”).

Nonetheless, it proves an editorial gimmick as old as the combined age of the Stones can work for non-music magazines, too.

The 50 Greatest Conservative Rock Songs [National Review]