1. “Sunday Bloody Sunday” by U2
If you've ever attended a concert with Bono & Co., you'll know this set staple is "not a rebel song" (or so the arena-rock idol proclaims every time he performs it live). Sure, the militaristic snare beat calls to mind an army drumline and the lyrics chronicle the titular Irish tragedy's bloodshed—the mass civilian killing from the Troubles known as Bloody Sunday—but the tune's not a rally cry for armed resistance. Rather, the band adamantly maintains that it's a plea for peace, unity and an end to the seemingly ceaseless violence that constitutes the country's history.