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There are many brilliant—and popular—conservative songs.

Here is our growing list:

Song Artist Comments Billboard Rank
Wouldn't It Be Nice The Beach Boys Pro-marriage 8
Crying In The Chapel Elvis Presley Pro-marriage 1
Grandad Clive Dunn UK Number 1 hit, in praise of senior citizens and their values
Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road Elton John The same message as the Prodigal Son: look objectively at our own lives, and realize that "I should have listened to my old man." 2
God's Gonna Get 'Cha For That Tammy Wynette & George Jones You cannot escape God's gaze, no matter who you are 25
Okie From Muskogee Merle Haggard Anti-drug and anti-hippie; a song about praising the traditional American values in Mid-America. Was written in response to the Vietnam War protests and counter-culture movement. 1 (Billboard Hot Country)
Fast Car Tracy Chapman Self-help, free market, division of labor, and a criticism of alcohol. "I know things will get better/You'll find work and I'll get promoted/We'll move out of the shelter/Buy a bigger house and live in the suburbs" 6
You Can't Hurry Love (You Just Have to Wait) The Supremes Abstinence for rock fans. Also performed by Phil Collins. 1
Bush Was Right The Right Brothers Celebrating the Bush Administration's success and policies.
Let It Be The Beatles Very popular in Russia under the Soviets 1
Have You Forgotten? Darryl Worley Patriotic response to September 11, 2001 attacks.[1] 1 (US Country)
Still the One Orleans A tribute to fidelity in relationships. 5
Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd A response to hippie culture. Defends Southerners from stereotyped attacks by liberal, Canadian rocker Neil Young. "Well, I hope Neil Young will remember/A Southern man don't need him around anyhow." 8
My Love Petula Clark A Christian love in secular form. 1
I Fought the Law (and the Law Won) The Crickets Its title says it all. The version by The Clash has a particularly good tempo. 9 (Bobby Fuller Four version)
Chapel of Love Dixie Cups Marriage in a church 1
I Am America Krista Branch American Tea Party Movement Song NA
Amazing Grace John Newton A Christian hymn published in 1779. NA
God's Gonna Cut You Down Traditional "Go tell that long tongue liar, go and tell that midnight rider, tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter, tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down" NA
Anything Goes Guns N' Roses A blatant message about the dangers of premarital sex NA
Seven Nation Army The White Stripes A song about the growing power of conservatism 1 (Hot Modern Rock Tracks)
Stand By Your Man Tammy Wynette Don't expect feminists to like that one! Or Hillary Clinton! 1 (Hot Country Singles)
Battle Hymn of the Republic Lee Greenwood "As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free." NA
You Light Up My Life Debby Boone One of the biggest hits ever, but liberals omit that this song is about Jesus. 1
Free Bird Lynyrd Skynyrd Because Conservatives want a free country, and liberals are in love with communism. 19
Jerusalem William Blake / Sir Hubert Parry Don't let the sword sleep in the hand. NA
Brothers In Arms Dire Straits We're fools to make war on our brothers in arms. NA
The Ascent of Stan Ben Folds Tells the story of a former "textbook hippie man" who realizes that he has become everything that he was protesting against. NA
Starting All Over Again Petula Clark Keep moving onward, even in the most difficult of times. NA
Thank You My Lord Petula Clark The title says it all. NA
Brick Ben Folds Five Shows the regret involved in abortion. 6 (Modern Rock Tracks)
Alive P.O.D. About being thankful for the gift of life. 2 (US Alternative)
Gotta Serve Somebody Bob Dylan "It may be the devil or it may be the Lord." 24
Jesus, Take The Wheel Carrie Underwood A gospel-themed hit from the American Idol winner. 1 (US Country)
Mine Taylor Swift Talks about how her parents stooped to liberal values and divorced, and how she doesn't want that to happen with the guy she meets, dates, and marries. 1 (US Adult Contemporary)
Red Barchetta Rush Tells the story of a future with excessive regulation, where even driving is illegal. NA
Father of Mine Everclear A reminder of the importance of good parenting. Everclear singer Art Alexakis wrote much of his material from his own perspective of a troubled childhood. At the end of the song, Alexakis promises to be a better father than his own had been. 4
Taxman The Beatles George Harrison said, "Taxman was when I first realized that even though we had started earning money, we were actually giving most of it away in taxes." NA
Back in the U.S.A. Chuck Berry A patriotic song about missing life in the U.S.A. 16
Government Cheese The Rainmakers Humorous spoof of welfare. NA
Angry Young Man Billy Joel The doctrinaire leftist radical with "his fist in the air and his head in the sand" comes in for biting criticism. NA
Gimme Back My Bullets Lynyrd Skynyrd The name says it all. NA
Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum 3
Don't Let 'Em Take Your Gun Grand Funk Railroad A father gives his son some sage advice. NA
Something For Nothing Rush "You can't get something for nothing, you can't have freedom for free." NA
Neighborhood Bully Bob Dylan Israel's right to exist and defend itself. NA
New Divide Linkin Park Depicts a typical scenario of conservatives having to defend themselves from unreasonable liberal attacks and the ever-widening divide between the two ideologies. 1
Get it Right the First Time Louisiana's LeRoux Wealthy Georgia politician is placed in high office and turns out to be a puppet with no ideas of his own. Released in 1980 when Jimmy Carter was up for re-election. NA
Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd A song about wishing that a conservative president would return back to office. NA
Yours Is No Disgrace Yes Written to, and about, the troops headed for Vietnam. NA
Fair Exchange and Sparks of the Tempest Kansas Warnings about totalitarian governments who want to take away your freedom in the name of utopia. Also much of their early 80s material, which has Christian lyrics. NA
In America The Charlie Daniels Band Patriotism makes a comeback in response to the Iran hostage crisis and Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. 11
Storm the Embassy The Stray Cats Another conservative song about the Iran hostage crisis. "Fifteen man taken captive in a hostile foreign land/Scorchin' sun beaming down onto miles and miles of sand..." NA
We Must Take America Back Steve Vaus Became an underground country music hit in 1992 after RCA dropped him and took the album out of print due to the political lyrics. NA
Renegade Steppenwolf John Kay's childhood escape from Communist East Germany. NA
Capitalism Oingo Boingo There's nothing wrong with free enterprise. NA
Unborn Child Seals and Crofts This pro-life song was a hit single in 1974, but for some reason gets left off the Seals and Crofts greatest hits albums. 66
Bad Rap (Who You Tryin' To Kid, Kid?) Steve Taylor Takes aim at LA and NY hipsters, the Village Voice, abortion, and "the left-wing band with their head in the sand". NA
Last Kiss Wayne Cochran and the C.C. Riders "Oh where oh where can my baby be; The Lord took her away from me; She's gone to heaven so I got to be good; So I can see my baby when." 2 (J. Frank Wilson version)
America USA Joey Sudyka Not very well known, perhaps, but a good patriotic song. NA
Red White & Blue (Love It or Leave) Lynyrd Skynyrd 27
Simple Man Charlie Daniels A song about how drugs and poor politics are a result of people putting their bibles down. Also a strongly pro death penalty song. 12
That Smell Lynyrd Skynyrd A very strong anti-drug use song by America's most well-known Southern rock band. NA
Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American) Toby Keith A patriotic response to the Sept. 11 attacks 1 (Hot Country Songs)
Under God Pat Boone NA
Christmas Shoes NewSong A Christmas song by a Christian band. 1 (Adult Contemporary)
God Bless the USA Lee Greenwood 7 (Hot Country)
God Bless America Irving Berlin NA
No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed Richie Havens (Covered by Yes) "...I know your cross is heavier With every step Every step But I know a man who'd walk miles for you..." NA
Supper's Ready Genesis There's an angel standing in the sun, and he's crying with a loud voice, "This is the supper of the mighty one", Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Has returned to lead his children home, To take them to the new Jerusalem. NA
Your Love Is Extravagant Casting Crowns NA
What If His People Prayed Casting Crowns NA
King Without a Crown Matisyahu A Hasidic Jew raps about God as the source of happiness and salvation from the things of this world: "If you're drowning in the waters and you can't stay afloat ask Hashem for mercy and He'll throw you a rope." 7 (Hot Modern Rock Tracks)
Take Me Home, Country Roads John Denver Celebrates Southern country landscape and traditions. 2
Sin City The Flying Burrito Brothers Attacks modern decadence and predicts divine punishment for sin. NA
I Saw The Light Hank Williams Redemption of sin through faith. NA
No Son of Mine Genesis 12
Don't Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow) Fleetwood Mac Used by Bill Clinton as his campaign theme song in 1992, but liberals often try to appeal to conservative themes for elections. 3
Lightning Crashes Live The joy and significance of childbirth. 1
Takin' Care of Business Bachman-Turner Overdrive The work ethic and promoting self-employment. 12
Cat's In The Cradle Harry Chapin The importance of traditional families and responsible fatherhood. 1
The Devil Went Down To Georgia Charlie Daniels A deeper message here, as Daniels explains. 3
The Big Money Rush Pro-capitalism 45
Real American Rick Derringer Patriotic anthem, known as Hulk Hogan's pre-match song. NA
Go Down Moses Louis Armstrong NA
Walking Contradiction Green Day Though a vocal critic of the Bush Administration, here Green Day mocks the often self-contradictory and inconsistent liberal ideologies, hence the term "walking contradiction". 21
God and Guns Lynyrd Skynyrd A powerful new song that elaborates on the song title. NA
Stayin' Alive The Bee Gees Pro-people and pro-staying alive, and this: "we can try to understand/the New York Times' effect on man." 1
Sympathy for the Devil The Rolling Stones Reminds humanity conservatives are perfect and evil is present in the world and needs to be fought. NA
All In Lifehouse Describes a relationship with God as being full of commitment and without reservations. NA
The Ballad of the Green Berets Sergeant Barry Sadler Pro-American and pro-military. 1
Iraq No Phobia Pro-Pain It is a pro-American, pro-military heavy metal song about the first Gulf War: "Mohammed's no match for the great Uncle Sam." NA
Bus Stop The Hollies Pro-chivalry, pro-romance and pro-marriage: "Someday my name and hers are going to be the same." 5
Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes Kevin Ayers Defends the right of businessmen to choose their customers: "we don't serve strangers in blue suede shoes". NA
Union Sundown Bob Dylan The title says it all. NA
People Get Ready Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions An all-time classic song about the glory of the Lord. 3
Get a Job The Silhouettes Self-explanatory; a rebuke to lazy liberals who want to sit around and wait for government handouts. 1
Pray Justin Bieber A song about supporting your country. 61
Hypnotize System of a Down SOAD is a rather left-ish band although this song is about liberals believing anything they see or hear in the media. 1
Gematria (The Killing Name) Slipknot This song is about what the liberals of America, who can get very annoying sometimes. NA
Don't Tread On Me Metallica Name says it all! 21
Welcome to the Family Avenged Sevenfold A song about death row, although not anti-death penalty. 8
Turn, Turn, Turn The Byrds An almost word-for-word direct quotation from the Bible, specifically Ecclesiastes, with the addition of the refrain "Turn, Turn, Turn". 1
Critical Acclaim Avenged Sevenfold Pro-America and pro-Military. NA
The Star Spangled Banner Francis Scott Key The American national anthem. NA
YMCA The Village People This song praises youth activities at the Young Men's Christian Association; one of the biggest hits of all time. 2
Dissident Pearl Jam About a woman who engages in liberal values by being impregnated out of wedlock and having an abortion, but immediately regrets doing so. 3
Keep an Open Mind or Else McCarthy About the conservative value of keeping an open mind. NA
Way Out Here Josh Thompson "Our house is all protected by the good Lord and a Gun", and "We wont take a dime if we aint earned it, when it comes to weight, brother we pull our own". It is pro gun ownership, the Lord, and hard work. Also preaches the morals and ethics that are known from small towns. 15 (US Country)
D-I-V-O-R-C-E Tammy Wynette This sad song was a huge hit in 1968. 1
Respect Aretha Franklin This song is about respecting woman and their choices to be equal members in society. 1
A Better Tomorrow Wu-Tang Clan A rap song about staying away from liberal excess and illegal acts in order to be a positive influence for the next generation. NA
Game of Love Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders "The purpose of a man is to love a woman, and the purpose of a woman is to love a man... It started long ago in the Garden of Eden when Adam said to Eve 'Baby, you're for me.'" 1
It's America Rodney Atkins Celebrates the American spirit and all the good things about the United States. 1 (US Country)
Warning Green Day Though a vocal critic of the Bush Administration and clearly supportive of liberal values, here they once again challenge liberal values with this song that mocks the liberal Nanny-state. 3 (US Alternative)
The Fightin' Side of Me Merle Haggard A song about patriotism and standing up for America. 1 (Hot Country Singles)
Liberalism is a Mental Disorder The Infidel (Gregory Van Leer Jr.) with an opening from Michael Savage Clearly attacks liberal values. NA
The River Bruce Springsteen Pre-marital sex and trade unionism punished by depression and redundancy. NA
Bodies The Sex Pistols Profane but graphically anti-abortion. NA
Sunny Afternoon The Kinks About a rich man trying to enjoy the simple things in life because the Nanny-state has nearly bankrupted him. 14
2+2=5 (The Lukewarm) Radiohead A song chastising people for accepting the mainstream medias version of events and not paying attention. NA
No Children The Mountain Goats A song about a marriage falling apart because the couple has no children to hold the family together. NA
God Loves My Country Balthrop, Alabama A song that declares that God loves America most of all. NA
Hallowed Be Thy Name Iron Maiden Quite possibly one of the most conservative metal songs ever: it's about death row but not anti-death penalty, the protagonist believes in the concepts of an afterlife and a soul, and the title and protagonist's final words are both based on the Lord's Prayer. NA
Declaration Day Iced Earth A song about the Revolutionary War. NA
Boulevard of Broken Dreams Green Day Though critical of the Bush Administration, they clearly depict what a liberal life is like. 2
Where'd You Go Fort Minor Shows the hardship of divorce, liberal values, and the possible future of the families of our service men who could be forced to serve in Libya. 2
Patriotism Company Flow While containing bad language it endorses the US as a super-power
The Beautiful People Marilyn Manson Despite foul language, it endorses free thought and individuality while criticizing liberal hypocrisy and fascism. 29
Tribute Tenacious D Comedy single, but it's also a very popular song about overcoming Satan and alludes to many other Christian themes such as heaven and hell. 4

Please add your best conservative picks.

Debatable Whether Conservative

The top five in a poll of the greatest songs in the 20th century, according to the Recording Industry Association of America and the NEA:

  • Over the Rainbow (Judy Garland)
  • White Christmas (Bing Crosby)
  • This Land Is Your Land (Woody Guthrie)
  • Respect (Aretha Franklin)
  • American Pie (Don McLean)


  1. http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=15568