Original Song: Creedence Clearwater Revival "Fortunate Son" (1969)


Artists from Kid Rock to Sleater-Kinney, from 38 Special to the Minutemen, from Wyclef Jean to Dropkick Murphys have long enjoyed playing this populist anthem to demonstrate that they are regular people and not wealthy hypocrites. In many cases, they are lying, though it was still always an obvious choice to dedicate to Dubya back in the day.

At any rate, it's doubtful any of them ever delivered a less credible rendition than Bono, who miraculously manages to sound simultaneously full of himself and disinterested—exactly the opposite of the blue-collar urgency the lyrics call for. And gratuitous soul singer backup or no, this band does not have a choogling bone in its body.