Essay:Greatest Conservative Songs

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There are many brilliant—and popular—conservative songs. Here is our growing list (click the box next to "Billboard Rank" to list the most popular first):

Songs "Classic" Artist Comments Billboard Rank Category
"Fucc the Devil" Andrew Jackson Jihad Song about defeating the devil and the dangers of alcoholism. NA Folk
"Ain't I Right" Marty Robbins Song against Communism and socialism. NA Classic/Folk
Amazing Grace John Newton A Christian hymn published in 1779. NA Classic/Spiritual
Amen Kid Rock Talks about "Stop living off handouts and favors". Written and performed by a republican. N/A Country/Rock
America Neil Diamond Freedom, Liberty, Patriotism 8 Classic/Pop
America USA Joey Sudyka Not very well known, perhaps, but a good patriotic song. NA Classic/Pop
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 Classic/Pop
Back in the U.S.A. Chuck Berry A patriotic song about missing life in the U.S.A. Sixteen Classic/Rock
Ballad of the Green Berets Sergeant Barry Sadler Pro-American and pro-military. 1 Classic/Traditional
Battle Hymn of the Republic Lee Greenwood "As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free." NA Classic/Traditional
Bus Stop The Hollies Pro-chivalry, pro-romance and pro-marriage: "Someday my name and hers are going to be the same." 5 Classic
Chapel of Love Dixie Cups Marriage in a church 1 Classic/Pop
Chores Animal Collective "Now I've got these chores / and I'm not gonna hurt no-one" -- Hard work is praised and violence is discouraged. A scary song for liberals! NA Classic/Traditional
Country Trash Johnny Cash In a comedic way, the song praises the small town conservative virtues of the people looked down upon by big city liberals as "Country trash" NA Classic/Country
Crying In The Chapel Elvis Presley Pro-marriage 1 Classic
Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American) Toby Keith A patriotic response to the Sept. 11 attacks 1 (Hot Country Songs) Classic/Country
D-I-V-O-R-C-E Tammy Wynette This sad song was a huge hit in 1968. 1 Classic/Country
Don't Let 'Em Take Your Gun Grand Funk Railroad A father gives his son some sage advice. NA Classic/Rock
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 Classic/Rock
Do You Hear the People Sing Claude-Michel Schönberg Standing up to government in the name of freedom, from the musical Les Miserables NA Classic
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 Classic/Pop
Get a Job The Silhouettes Self-explanatory; a rebuke to lazy liberals who want to sit around and wait for government handouts. 1 Classic
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 Classic
Gimme Back My Bullets Lynyrd Skynyrd The name says it all. NA Classic/Rock
Glory Hallelujah Frank Turner Rejects those who say there is no God, insisting that never was the case NA Rock
God Bless America Irving Berlin American patriotic, classic song. NA Classic/Traditional
God and Guns Lynyrd Skynyrd A powerful new song that elaborates on the song title. NA Classic/Country
God Bless the USA Lee Greenwood 7 (Hot Country) Classic/Country
Go Down Moses Louis Armstrong NA Classic/Spiritual
God's Gonna Cut You Down "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 Classic/Traditional
God's Gonna Get 'Cha For That Tammy Wynette & George Jones You cannot escape God's gaze, no matter who you are Twenty-five Classic
God Save the Queen Despite being frighteningly atheistic, the British have enough sense to keep this God-inclusive song as their national anthem. The anthem rightly attributes the success and good fortune of the nation and its monarch to God. NA national anthem
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 Classic
Gotta Serve Somebody Bob Dylan "It may be the devil or it may be the Lord." Twenty-four Classic/Folk
Grandad Clive Dunn UK Number 1 hit, in praise of senior citizens and their values Classic
Government Cheese The Rainmakers Humorous spoof of welfare. NA Classic
You Forgotten? Darryl Worley Patriotic response to September 11, 2001 attacks[1] 1 (US Country) Classic/Country
"He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" Hollies Repeats the slogan of Boys Town, a Christian charity for youngsters founded by Father Edward J. Flanagan in Omaha[2] NA Classic
I Am America Krista Branch American Tea Party Movement Song NA Classic
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) Classic
In America The Charlie Daniels Band Patriotism makes a comeback in response to the Iran hostage crisis and Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Eleven Classic/Country
I Saw The Light Hank Williams Redemption of sin through faith. NA Classic/Country
It's America Rodney Atkins Celebrates the American spirit and all the good things about the United States. 1 (US Country) Classic/Country
Keep an Open Mind or Else McCarthy About the conservative value of keeping an open mind. NA Classic/Pop
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) Classic
Let It Be The Beatles Very popular in Russia under the Soviets 1 Classic
Living In America James Brown Song that espouses the virtues of, and pride in, living in the United States. Appears in the movie "Rocky IV" and on the film's soundtrack. NA Classic/R&B/Funk
My Love Petula Clark A Christian love in secular form. 1 Classic
Neighborhood Bully Bob Dylan Israel's right to exist and defend itself. NA Classic/Folk
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 Classic/Rock
"Nothing Like You" Miles Davis and Bob Dorough Celebrates the sight of ones beloved - Isaiah 43:4 NA Classic
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) Classic
People Get Ready Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions An all-time classic song about the glory of the Lord. 3 Classic/Spiritual
Red White & Blue (Love It or Leave) Lynyrd Skynyrd to sit down on some big grassy knoll where the sun was shining and hear music..." Tom Johnston of LS Twenty-seven Classic/Rock
Renegade Steppenwolf John Kay's childhood escape from Communist East Germany. NA Classic/Rock
Respect Otis Redding This song is about respecting a productive member of society. 1 Classic/Soul
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. Twelve Classic/Country/Rock
Sin City The Flying Burrito Brothers Attacks modern decadence and predicts divine punishment for sin. NA Classic/Country
Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum A religious rock song written in 1969. 3 Classic
Stand By Your Man Tammy Wynette Don't expect feminists to like that one! Or Hillary Clinton! 1 (Hot Country Singles) Classic/Country
Star Spangled Banner Francis Scott Key The American national anthem. NA Classic/Traditional
Star Spangled Banner Madison Rising The American national anthem, as performed by rock band Madison Rising, who put out a challenge to the American public to renew its intimacy with and understanding of the anthem and its patriotic message. [1] NA Classic/Traditional/Rock
Starting All Over Again Petula Clark Keep moving onward, even in the most difficult of times. NA Classic/Traditional
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 Classic/Pop
"Stay With Me" Frank Sinatra Beautiful song of Christian faith. NA Classic
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 Classic/Rock
Supper's Ready Genesis children home, To take them to the new Jerusalem. NA Classic/Rock
Sympathy for the Devil The Rolling Stones Reminds humanity that evil is present in the world and needs to be fought. NA Classic/Rock
Take Me Home, Country Roads John Denver Celebrates Southern country landscape and traditions. 2 Classic/Folk
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 Classic/Rock
That Smell Lynyrd Skynyrd A very strong anti-drug use song by America's most well-known Southern rock band. NA Classic/Country/Rock
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 Classic
The Devil Went Down To Georgia Charlie Daniels A deeper message here, as Daniels explains. 3 Classic/Country
The Fightin' Side of Me Merle Haggard A song about patriotism and standing up for America. 1 (Hot Country Singles) Classic/Country
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 Classic/Folk
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. sixty-six Classic/Folk
Union Sundown Bob Dylan The title says it all. NA Classic/Folk
"Waiting List" Dr. Octagon A powerful song about socialized medicine and rationing NA Hip-hop
Way Out Here Josh Thompson ownership, the Lord, and hard work. Also preaches the morals and ethics that are known from small towns. Fifteen (US Country) Classic/Country
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 Classic/Country
The Well Below the Valley Traditional. Covered by Christy Moore Song loosely based on the story of Jesus and the woman at the well. Lyrics about old-fashioned family relationships and traditional attitudes to women. Promotes all children's right to life. NA Traditional/Folk
When You Love A Woman Journey True love from the heart Twelve Classic/Rock
You Can't Hurry Love (You Just Have to Wait) The Supremes Abstinence for rock fans. Also performed by Phil Collins. 1 Classic
You Light Up My Life Debby Boone One of the biggest hits ever, but liberals omit that this song is about Jesus. 1 Classic
Yours Is No Disgrace Yes Written to, and about, the troops headed for Vietnam. NA Classic/Rock
Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition Written by Frank Loesser; made famous by Kay Kyser and His Orchestra A patriotic song written and published as sheet music in 1942; Kay Kyser's recording came out in 1943. This rousing tune is about a chaplain (called a "sky pilot" in the song) who is with some men on a warship in the heat of a battle. One of the soldiers asks the chaplain to pray for the men shooting at the enemy aircraft. In response, the chaplain puts down his Bible, mans one of the gun turrets on the ship, and begins firing at the planes himself, and tells the soldiers, "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition, and we'll all stay free!" Beyond the obvious pro-Christian and pro-American messages, it also tells us that sometimes, the Lord calls on us to put down the Bible and pick up our guns to defend the American way. 1 Patriotic/Jazz, Classic
Songs "Rock" Artist Comments Billboard Rank Category
A Dead Man's Words Queensrÿche No Man Left Behind. "The word we hear is there's one man down and he's alive. They ask for volunteers. I raise my hand high. I'm sure he'd do the same for me. It's three days through the desert heat to save one man's life and I don't even know his name." NA Rock
All In Lifehouse Describes a relationship with God as being full of commitment and without reservations. NA Rock
At 30,000 Ft. Queensrÿche Pro-soldier, pro-Iraqi/Afghanistan action. "Flaming oil blackens the sky. I don't know why...their hate is the reason for the Hell that I make." NA Rock
Bad Rap (Who You Tryin' To Kid, Kid?) Steve Taylor Takes aim at LA, NYC and SF hipsters, the Village Voice, abortion, and "the left-wing band with their heads in the sand". NA Rock
Bodies The Sex Pistols Profane but graphically anti-abortion. NA Rock
Critical Acclaim Avenged Sevenfold Pro-America and pro-Military. NA Rock
Declaration Day Iced Earth A song about the Revolutionary War. NA Rock
Devil is a Loser Lordi About how actions have consequences, mixed with contempt for the devil and Satanists. NA Rock/Metal
Disparity by Design Rise Against Refers to the 'over-reaching arm' of the government, and considers whether welfare is a 'handout undeserved'. Also refers to the American ideal of 'pulling yourself up by your bootstraps'. NA Rock
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 Rock
Don't Tread On Me Metallica Tune about Gadsden flag N/A Metal
Father of Mine Everclear the song, Alexakis promises to be a better father than his own had been. 4 Rock
Fair Exchange" Kansas Warnings about totalitarian governments who want to take away your freedom in the name of utopia. Also much of their early 1980s material, which has Christian lyrics. NA Rock
"Freedom is Colorblind" JoeDanMedia A song about how the left uses race to polarize the country. It is a conservative song that tries to unite the country. NA Rock
Hundred Mile Stare Queensrÿche Pro-soldier, freedom. "What ever happened to conviction and faith? People trip from side to side; don't know which way or what side to take. Always known the truth. It's really black and white. I've got no fear of judgment when it's time to fight." NA Rock
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 Rock
No Son of Mine Genesis Twelve Rock
"ONE TEA PARTY" Toot Sweet This song is a metaphoric call to energize, motivate and unite the movement that we are all passionate about... the time is now to stand together, united, "AS ONE". NA Rock
"Prayer for America" JoeDanMedia A short history lesson put to music regarding our schools and how the Bible was taught there in previous years. NA Rock
Welcome to the Family Avenged Sevenfold A song about death row, although not anti-death penalty. 8 Rock
"No Rules for Radicals" JoeDanMedia This song highlights "rules" Saul Alinsky wrote about in his progressive-liberal book, 'Rules for Radicals'. NA Rock
Real American Rick Derringer Patriotic anthem, known as Hulk Hogan's pre-match song. NA Rock
Red Barchetta Rush Tells the story of a future with excessive regulation, where even driving is illegal. NA Rock
Sister Christian Night Ranger This song advices the drummers sister to remain a virgin till she finds "Mr. Right" NA Rock
Sliver Queensrÿche Pro-soldier, bravery. "It's time to sack up and let go of your mothers. Take your gun, it's the cross that's carried by your brothers." NA Rock
Something For Nothing Rush "You can't get something for nothing, you can't have freedom for free." NA Rock
I've Seen Footage Death Grips Profane. Criticizes the glorification of violence by the mainstream media. NA Hip Hop
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 1980s material, which has Christian lyrics. NA Rock
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 Rock
The Big Money Rush Pro-capitalism forty-five Rock
Ticket to Ride The Beatles Lyrics describe anti-feminist attitude 1 Rock
My Body Young the Giant "My body tells me no / But I won't quit / Cause I want more" — Powerful chorus describes how the singer defies his body's physical desire to stop working and continue working hard because he wants to reap the rewards he has earned from his hard work. It describes conservative traits (persevering with hard work) and capitalistic ideals (wanting the rewards you worked for; working past your limit because you have proper incentive). 65 Alternative
Songs "Spiritual" Artist Comments Billboard Rank Category
Christmas Shoes NewSong A Christmas song by a Christian band. NA Spiritual
Your Love Is Extravagant Casting Crowns NA Spiritual
What If His People Prayed Casting Crowns NA Spiritual
Liberalism is a Mental Disorder The Infidel (Gregory Van Leer Jr.) with an opening from Michael Savage Clearly attacks liberal values. NA Rap
Sunny Afternoon The Kinks About a rich man trying to enjoy the simple things in life because the nanny-state has nearly bankrupted him. Fourteen Rock
2+2=5 (The Lukewarm) Radiohead A song chastising people for accepting the mainstream medias version of events and not paying attention. NA Rock
No Children The Mountain Goats A song about a marriage falling apart because the couple has no children to hold the family together. NA Rock
God Loves My Country Balthrop, Alabama A song that declares that God loves America most of all. NA Folk
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. NA Rap
Patriotism Company Flow While containing bad language it endorses the US as a super-power. NA Rap
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 Rock/folk
For Martha The Smashing Pumpkins Being torn between the anguish of losing a lost one and the joy of knowing you will one day reunite them with in heaven NA Rock
Dethharmonic Dethklok Anti-tax NA Rock
Get Over It The Eagles world doesn't owe you a thing," NA Rock
"I Need A Dollar" Aloe Blacc "Please Mr.Bossman I need this job more than you can know" - an excellent paean to the plights of unemployment NA Pop/Soul
"Extra Extra" Toots Sweet Toots does a great job at making the clips entertaining as well as informative. NA Rock
"Somebody Must Be Prayin' For Me Tim McGraw Song about prayer and how it is a necessary part of everyday life. NA Spiritual/Country
"The List" The Right Brothers A song that melodically lists liberal activists. NA Rock
"We the People" Toots Sweet A song about the Constitution and how the current administration has been abusing the beloved document we are trying to live by. NA Rock
"Shut up and Teach" The Right Brothers Liberal indoctrination runs rampant in our schools. Song expresses the desire to stick to a non-partisan curriculum. NA Rock
"On Fire" Switchfoot This song is about keeping the faith, in people and in our religion. NA Spiritual
Under God Pat Boone NA Spiritual
King Without a Crown Matisyahu Hashem for mercy and He'll throw you a rope." 7 (Hot Modern Rock Tracks) Spiritual
Fast Car Tracy Chapman shelter/Buy a bigger house and live in the suburbs" 6 Folk
Livin' on a Prayer Bon Jovi Organized labor is harmful to the welfare of workers, who turn to prayer. 1 Rock
"Stop Global Whining" The Right Brothers Anti-Global Warming hoax song. NA Rock
Capitalism Oingo Boingo There's nothing wrong with free enterprise. NA Rock
Keep On Loving You REO Speedwagon Love overcomes infidelity "When I said that I love you I meant That I love you forever." 1 Pop
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 Rock
What's The Use Of Wond'rin? Amanda Palmer Celebrates the command: "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord." -Ephesians 5:22 NA Spiritual
Lightning Crashes Live The joy and significance of childbirth. 1 Rock
Takin' Care of Business Bachman-Turner Overdrive The work ethic and promoting self-employment. Twelve Rock
Cat's In The Cradle Harry Chapin The importance of traditional families and responsible fatherhood. 1 Folk
Thank You My Lord Petula Clark The title says it all. NA Spiritual
Brick Ben Folds Five Shows the regret involved in abortion. 6 (Modern Rock Tracks) Rock
Alive P.O.D. About being thankful for the gift of life. 2 (US Alternative) Rock
Jesus Christ Brand New The singer turns to God for advice and assurance. thirty (Hot Modern Rock Tracks Spiritual
Jesus, Take The Wheel Carrie Underwood A gospel-themed hit from the American Idol winner. 1 (US Country) Country
Mine Taylor Swift Talks about how her parents stooped to liberal values and got divorced, and how she doesn't want that to happen with the guy she meets, dates, and marries. 1 (US Adult Contemporary) Pop/Country
I Won't Back down Tom Petty Talks about not backing down from a fight. Can be compared to not losing the Iraq War. N/A Rock
"Pray" MC Hammer Working hard and giving thanks. 2 Rap/Pop
Obama Nation and its sequel Obama Nation Part 3 Lowkey A song sharply critical of Liberal president Barack Obama and his policies. Also criticises those that blindly follow him due to his race: 'It's the substance within, not the colour of your skin' N/A Rap
Such Great Heights The Postal Service Creationist/Biblical lyrics: "And I have to speculate that God himself did make us into corresponding shapes like puzzle pieces from the clay." ? Indie
The Dumber They Come Eddie Cantor A song about how liberal college education destroys romance and femininity. ? Vaudeville
Return to Oz Scissor Sisters A song about the connection between homosexuality and illegal drug use,[3] a subject that the lamestream media prefers not to talk about. ? Glam Rock
Brimful of Asha Cornershop A song which mocks big government: " We don't care about no Government warning/'Bout their promotion of the simple life/And the dams they're building" ? Alternative Rock
53rd & 3rd The Ramones A song denouncing sodomy. ? Punk
Beat On the Brat The Ramones A song acknowledging the fact that sometimes corporal punishment is necessary in order to discipline children. ? Punk
Feuer Frei Rammstein An anti-pacifist song which acknowledges that there's some merit in war. ? Industrial
Goodbye Horses Q Lazzarus A song that might very well be about the hope Christianity offers the world. The person the singer talks with can be construed as a cynical atheist who has a sad outlook on life due to his lack of belief in a higher power. The singer on the other hand still has hope, as she knows there is a God. In the final lines she sings about flying over horses. This might interpreted to mean that like all of mankind she too experienced physical death, but due her belief in Jesus found her way onto Heaven. ? New Wave
You Oughta Know Alanis Morissette Despite its somewhat raunchy lyrics, You Oughta Know is a great conservative song, decrying liberals' disrespect for the vows of marriage: "Does she know how you told me you'd hold me/Until you died, til you died/But you're still alive" ? Alternative rock
Cats on Mars The Seatbelts A song denouncing evolutionism, as can be seen in its lyrics (English translation can be found here). The singer sings "Like a cat on Mars/My heart doesn't change/Don't believe that, 'coz it's a lie", refuting the evolutionist lie that the organism's features change in response to changes in its environment. Toward the end of the song, the singer calls on her audience to question evolution once more: "Horns too have a life on their own/Ask yourselves if that horn's life changes". ? Pop

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)
  • Respect (Aretha Franklin)
  • American Pie (Don McLean)

Also questionable:

  • Hammer to Fall (Queen) - talks about being hopeful for the Soviet Union falling
  • Rocky Raccoon (Beatles) - has multiple references to Gideon's Bible
  • Been to Hell (Hollywood Undead)-Despite the large amount of swearing, it talks about the destructive nature of Hollywood, including how Hollywood and the quest for fame can cause someone to lose their faith. It also criticizes Hollywood values.
  • Only the Good Die Young (Billy Joel)-a boy tries to convince a Catholic girl to have sex with him rather than practice abstinence. Although it contains a lot of anti-religious dialogue (from the boy's perspective), in the end the girl holds true to her values, and nothing happens between them.
  • Still the One by Orleans - a very good song about marital fidelity. However, one of the singers, John Hall, later became a Democratic Congressman from New York and sued Republican presidential candidate John McCain over the use of the song in his campaign.



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