President Obama’s Rejected 2012 Campaign Playlist

Pop tunes, and music in general, have had their role in political campaigns for decades.  The needlessly long 2012 American Presidential race continues that tradition.  Whenever a candidate or incumbent walks to the podium to deliver a speech during one of the many stops on the trail, there’s usually a familiar song playing them up on stage.  And after they finish yammering on about things they don’t mean and promises they don’t intend to keep, either that same track or a different one plays them off.

Recently, President Obama released the songs he’ll be using for his re-election campaign.  Interestingly, he originally had a very different list that he ultimately abandoned.  Here they are in random order:

1. Masters Of War (Bob Dylan)

2. So Cruel (U2)

3. Killing An Arab (The Cure)

4. I’m Not The Man I Used To Be (Fine Young Cannibals)

5. I’m A Conservative (Iggy Pop)

6. Promised You A Miracle (Simple Minds)

7. Throwing It All Away (Genesis)

8. Psycho Killer (Talking Heads)

9. Under My Thumb (Rolling Stones)

10. Murder Inc. (Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band)

11. In Hiding (Pearl Jam)

12. Hole In My Soul (Aerosmith)

13. Secret (Madonna)

14. Search & Destroy (The Stooges)

15. Killing In The Name (Rage Against The Machine)

16. Master Of Puppets (Metallica)

17. Piggies (The Beatles)

18. Won’t Get Fooled Again (The Who)

19. Run Like A Villain (Iggy Pop)

20. Is There Any Love In Your Heart? (Lenny Kravitz)

21. Heart Of Stone (The Rolling Stones)

22. Pain & Suffering (Iggy Pop)

23. Oops…I Did It Again (Britney Spears)

24. March Of The Pigs (Nine Inch Nails)

25. Torture (The Jacksons)

26. Not For You (Pearl Jam)

27. Can I Play With Madness? (Iron Maiden)

28. Cocaine (Eric Clapton)

29. Paranoid (Black Sabbath)

30. War Pigs (Black Sabbath)

31. Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty)

32. Insane In The Brain (Cypress Hill)

33. Say It Ain’t So (Weezer)

34. Shameless (Billy Joel)

35. I Ran (So Far Away) (A Flock Of Seagulls)

36. Castles Made Of Sand (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)

37. Un-Break My Heart (Toni Braxton)

38. One Thing Leads To Another (The Fixx)

39. Live And Let Die (Paul McCartney & Wings)

40. You Know What You Are (Nine Inch Nails)

41. The Great Destroyer (Nine Inch Nails)

42. My Violent Heart (Nine Inch Nails)

43. Corruption (Iggy Pop)

44. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams (Green Day)

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Saturday, February 11, 2012
12:36 a.m.

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  1. Reblogged this on Music That Matters and commented:
    Interesting list here of supposed “rejected campaign songs” from the Obama camp…shoulda been on The Onion, obviously.

  2. […] harshly criticized by a commenter which led to the latter.  Unfortunately, despite these pieces, President Obama’s Rejected 2012 Campaign Playlist and the many, many critical poems I wrote this year, The President will remain in power for another […]


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