With the recent online publication of National Review's list of the top 50 Conservative Rock Songs, I decided to see if I could force a conservative worldview onto this weeks list of the ten songs randomly selected by my iPod.
1: Pave Paradise
Lilith Fair Live Version
This song has compelling lyrics ("Took all the trees, put 'em in a tree museum/charged the people a dollar and a half just to see 'em") that demonstrate the basic compatability between environmental conservation and an unregulated free market syste.
2: Life's Been Good to Me So Far
While some might see this as a being all about Hollywood values, it's really about that great American dream - wild success.
3: Cats in the Cradle
A sweet and loving tribute to the special relationship that fathers can have with their sons in modern suburban America
4: Radio Free Europe
Becaues Europe wouldn't have any freedoms without us, so they damn well better remember to agree with everything that we say and do.
OK, this one's really on their list. Hell, it's probably Grover Norquist's ring tone.
6: Born in the USA
Conservative to the core, this song trumpets American Pride at full volume. Just remember to ignore the lyrics.
7: The Imperial March
I can't do it. There's clearly no way I could possibly draw any kind of connection between this one and modern conservativism, no matter how hard I try.
A nice, traditional values account of boy meets girl, girl takes boy home, girl turns out...
9: The Times, They Are A Changing
That's right, you liberals have had it all your way for way too long now. We conservatives are gaining ground, and we'll start to govern any day now.
10: The Proclaimers
King of the Road
This remake of the depression-era hobo classic should make us downright nostalgic for the days before those communistic, New-Deal, so-called safty net programs.