500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Neil Young, 'Rockin' in the Free World'
Producers: Niko Bolas, Young
Released: Oct. '89, Reprise
"Don't feel like Satan/But I am to them," Young spat in this raucously ambivalent song about the pride and guilt of being an American. It was inspired by a remark from a member of Crazy Horse, who said gigs were safer in Europe than in the Middle East: "It's better to keep rockin' in the free world." "It was such a cliché," Young said. "I knew I had to use it."
Appears on: Freedom (Reprise)