10. Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival
In the late 60's, Creedence Clearwater Revival seemed to be the epitome of freewheeling living in the backwoods of the American South. From singles like "Proud Mary" to the barnburner "Keep On Chooglin," every single song felt like some of the most organic rock and roll ever conceived. The good times ended up rolling for so long that many forget how much "Fortunate Son" hits close to home.
Over time, this song has become the calling card for any movie taking place in the Vietnam War, but the real message is anything but patriotic. When originally conceiving the song, John Fogerty had just been discharged from the army and was getting more uncomfortable with how many soldiers were being forced into combat. Using music as his own form of resistance, "Fortunate Son" was a rally against the so-called patriotic sort who would speak with passion about the war but send other common people to fight for their cause instead.
From that one idea, the song is full of contradicting statements, with these fortunate sons helping themselves to whatever the world has to offer regardless of how much pain they're causing in other people's lives. So next time you watch Forrest Gump and hear this song blasting, just remember how much venom Fogerty really had for the powers that be.