10 American Anthems That Tell It Like It Is

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James McMurtry, "We Can't Make It Here"

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Like most of us, McMurtry is just getting more pissed off as he gets older. Here, it's against the "men who sent the jobs away" and the CEOs he encourages to try living on the salaries their laborers make. Rarely has hating corporate executives been more fashionable.

Find It: Childish Things, 2005

Bob Dylan, "With God On Our Side"

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Does anybody openly invoke the will of the Almighty when calling for "strategic air strikes" anymore? Probably not in a press conference, anyway.

Find It: The Times They Are A-Changin', 1965

Bruce Springsteen, "The Ghost of Tom Joad"

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When Rocks Off was younger, we used to fantasize about living in a post-apocalyptic world like that on display in Mad Max, one of our favorite movies. However, according to the title cut from Springsteen's 1995 album, economic collapse isn't all V-8 Interceptors and motorcycle chases. Thanks a pantload, Boss.

Find It: The Ghost of Tom Joad, 1995

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