What are some songs relating to Dally from The Outsiders? How do these songs relate to Dally's character?

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Dally is the only Greaser who has done actual jail time. He's a hardened kid who doesn't have a problem with breaking the law or violence. Based on that, I would choose songs that have an angry vibe to them or songs that speaking openly about gangs, violence, and/or hating the police. NWA's "F*** the Police" might be a good choice; however, the language is pretty raw. "Life's So Hard" by Tupac Shakur is along the same lines. The first verse of the song references jail time. Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" is another good choice. You could go with something much more tame and pop music–focused by using Michael Jackson's "Bad" or "Beat It." Both songs have references to crime and gangs. "Boyz-n-the Hood" by Eazy-E is another solid choice. It definitely talks about fighting and gang rumbles.

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Is it supposed to be from the time period? How about "Like a Rolling Stone" from Bob Dylan. Dally seems restless to me. I also think that several of Johnny Cash's songs, especially "Hurt" would be excellent choices. The "Jet Song" from West Side Story is also a good choice, because it is about gang life as well.
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"Born To Be Wild" by Sean Kingston springs immediately to mind, as does "The Leader of the Pack" by Del Shannon. I would also rate "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry.

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Dally is a really angry guy, right.  So pick angry songs that you know.  Preferably, they should be angry at authority.  They should be angry at parents or the police.  I can't think of any modern songs like that since I don't listen to all that much music that is popular today.  Old songs would include "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister or "F*** tha Police" by NWA.

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