National Review has compiled what it believes are the top 50 conservative rock songs of all time. (The New York Times also has the list here.) There are some good songs on the list, including Falco’s Der Kommissar, Taxman by the Beatles, You can’t Always Get What You Want by the Rolling Stones, and Sammy Hagar’s I Can’t Drive 55.
Missing from the list is a late sixties song that I’ve long thought has summed up the fallacy that a society can be taxed into prosperity. The song is I’d Love to Change the World by Ten Years After.
Tax the rich, feed the poor
Till there are no rich no more.
Notice that it’s the rich who disappear with increased taxation, not the poor. It’s supply side economics set to music.
So what’s your favorite conservative rock song and why?