Via A Moderate from South Dakota I learn that the National Review Online (sorry, not on my reading list) has compiled a list of the 50 greatest conservative rock songs. Reviewing the list raised my eyebrows. Some of the selections make sense but a couple display the different views different people can take on music.
NRO says that to qualify for the list a song “must convey a conservative idea or sentiment, such as skepticism of government or support for traditional values.” I’m not quite sure what the difference is between conservative skepticism and my cynicism but it certainly seems there’s an overlap when it comes to the #1 song.
It’s the Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and is off Who’s Next, one of my desert island discs. In fact, NRO even points to the same lyrics I did: “Meet the new boss/Same as the old boss.” My poli sci degree must be failing because I see that as a cynic/libertarian view, not a conservative one.
That’s perhaps indicative of the different spin the NRO puts on some of these tunes, at least spins different than I have. Many of the songs it selected would never make to my playlist but I still can’t help but wonder what people like Bob Dylan, The Pretenders, Ben Folds, John Mellencamp and The Clash think about making the top conservative song list.
We’ll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
“Won’t Get Fooled Again,” The Who, Who’s Next