I got an R from packbat. For a bit of challenge, I'll constrain myself to songs that are personally meaningful, and I'll do the first 3 before I stop to browse my iPod list.
1. Right Here, Right Now, Jesus Jones. I put this one on my Soup2K mix at elynne's urging: "Right here, right now, there is no other place I'd rather be ... watching the world wake up from history." It reminds us of how singular a time this is, and how lucky we are to be having the experience of growing up in a world that's growing up along with us. For all that there are scary trends in American and world culture/politics/geography right now, I honestly believe I'll close my eyes on a better world than the one I first opened them to.
2. Rise and Fall, Galliano. I remember a conversation with lonita about this one way back when. A line in the bridge caught my eye with a dragon reference: "Squat(?) on the street, running through the squares, piss in the lifts and on the stairs, a dragon chasing." It segues straight from that into "Parking fines, in geometric lines - Blake seen the angels? Blake seen the angels," which got us talking about William Blake and his poetry. A British hip-hop song that shows off a lot of depth while examining who you can trust in the modern age with spiritual truth.
3. Revolution Earth, B-52s. This has long been one of my dreamflow songs. It's still almost impossible for me to listen to it without closing my eyes and singing along, losing myself (and her) in a soaring hymn about flight.
Whew, that was harder than it looked. Two more, looking at my song list:
4. Rocked by Rape, Evolution Control Committee. First ran across this in Stay Free's "Illegal Art" exhibit of songs made illegal by copyright law. (You can still download it, and 20 other songs, at the link.) It borrows from AC/DC's "Back in Black" and Dan Rather voice snippets to build an incisive, hilarious parody of the doom and destruction on TV newscasts. I appreciated it all the more for working at a newspaper. "Explosive gunman killed a tourist! ... Spoiled, unsanitary hard-hitting losers! ... Criminal anti-government love triangle! ... Desperate tragedy! Isn't he dead?"
5. Reptiles and Samurai, Oingo Boingo. Their performance of this at their 1995 Farewell concert is one of the most brilliant, if incorrigibly quirky, dragon songs ever, talking about a man with a fantasy world that spills out from his head into his life. Interspersed with observations such as: "Reptiles have pretty scales. They run real fast, they like to bite. Some have tails. ... Samurai like their water hot. Very brave, eat raw fish. They fight a lot."