by Josh Gross
You have to feel for the poor schmucks putting on Republican events. Almost the instant they hit play on their theme music, they tend to get slapped with a lawsuit from the musicians who recorded it.
In the last month alone, both Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney have been sued for their campaign music choices.
In 2008, John McCain was rebuked by Jackson Browne, Survivor, ABBA, John Hall, John Mellencamp and Foo Fighters. Tom Petty sent cease-and-desist letters to both George W. Bush and Michele Bachmann, who also was shot down by Katrina and the Waves.
And then there was the time Bruce Springsteen's scathing class critique, "Born in the USA," was blasted onstage by a Ronald Reagan who had clearly never listened to the lyrics.
And the list goes on and on. At some point, Republicans may have to accept that the only music they won't get chastised for using is by Toby Keith, Ted Nugent and Richard Wagner.
President Barack Obama and the Dems have been shot down occasionally, as well, but with far less frequency. To back that up, the Obama campaign recently released the playlist of songs it intends to use for campaign events.
The list is below, which features Obama's hit single by Al Green, "Let's Stay Together."
A Spotify playlist can be found here.
"Different People” (No Doubt)
“Got to Get You in My Life” (Earth, Wind & Fire)
“Green Onions” (Booker T & the MG’s)
“I Got You” (Wilco)
“Keep on Pushing” (The Impressions)
“Keep Reachin’ Up” (Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators)
“Love You I Do?” (Jennifer Hudson)
“No Nostalgia” (AgesAndAges)
“Raise Up” (Ledisi)
“Stand Up” (Sugarland)
“This” (Darius Rucker)
“We Used To Wait” (Arcade Fire)
“You’ve Got the Love” (Florence and the Machine)
“Your Smiling Face” (James Taylor)
“Roll with the Changes” (REO Speedwagon)
“Everyday America” (Sugarland)
“Learn to Live” (Darius Rucker)
“Let’s Stay Together” (Al Green)
“Mr. Blue Sky” (Electric Light Orchestra)
“My Town” (Montgomery Gentry)
“The Best Thing About Me Is You” (Ricky Martin, featuring Joss Stone)
“You are the Best Thing” (Ray LaMontagne)
“Keep Marchin’” (Raphael Saadiq)
“Tonight’s the Kind of Night” (Noah and the Whale)
“We Take Care of Our Own” (Bruce Springsteen)
“Keep Me in Mind” (Zac Brown Band)
“The Weight” (Aretha Franklin)
“Even Better Than The Real Thing” (U2)
“Home” (Dierks Bentley)