(WASHINGTON) — Every four years, the U.S. holds a presidential election, and every four years, musicians ask Republican candidates to stop playing their songs at rallies. This year, so far, Newt Gingrich has been asked by Survivor to stop playing Eye of the Tiger and Somali-born musician K’naan has asked Mitt Romney to stop playing Wavin’ Flag. In 2011, Tom Petty had Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., stop playing American Girl.
In campaigns past, David Byrne had Gov. Charlie Crist stop using Road to Nowhere in his attacks on Marco Rubio, Jackson Browne had Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and the Ohio Republican Party stop using Running on Empty to attack then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. The singers from Heart stopped then-Gov. Sarah Palin from using Barracuda. In 2000, Sting asked George W. Bush to stop playing Brand New Day.
The good news for Democrats is that they usually don’t have such problems, since so many entertainment industry figures are Democrats. (Don’t Stop Thinkin’ About Tomorrow, anyone?) President Obama’s re-election campaign even has an official soundtrack, it was announced Thursday, to be featured at campaign events across the country in the months ahead. An Obama aide said the tunes would energize the crowd before a presidential appearance and keep everyone excited while Obama works ropelines and mingles with fans after delivering remarks.
The playlist is also being streamed on Spotify, the online streaming music service, for supporters to listen and share from home.
“After taking staff and volunteer recommendations, this music is a beginning list for supporters to share with their social networks,” a campaign official said.
Here’s the full track list for the “Obama Album”:
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