A number of popular songs have been used as presidential campaign anthems over the decades–more notably–classic rock songs have been chosen. Sometimes it was a reflection of the band’s political support for a candidate, while other times, the band would intervene.
In honor of President’s Day, here are 10 Classic Rock Songs used in Presidential Campaigns!
Born in the U.S.A by Bruce Springsteen was requested by Ronald Reagan to be his 1984 campaign song. However, Springsteen denied his request on account of his own political stance.
Don’t Stop by Fleetwood Mac was Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign song, as we all know, he won.
I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty was used by George W. Bush
in his first presidential campaign in 2000–that is until he received
a cease and desist letter from Tom Petty’s publisher.
Bush did, however, end up winning the election.
Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival, a somewhat political song, was used in 2004 by presidential candidate, John Kerry. He lost to George W. Bush.
More Than a Feeling by Boston was used by presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee in 2008. Tom Scholz was feeling less than supportive and asked him to stop using it as his campaign song.
Huckabee didn’t make it past the primaries.
Barracuda by Heart was chosen by John McCain during the 2008 presidential campaign due to his running partner’s supposed nickname in high school, “Sarah Barracuda”. The pair received a cease and desist letter from the band due to conflicting political views.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours by Stevie Wonder was used by Barack Obama during his first presidential campaign in 2008. Stevie Wonder played the song live at the Democratic National Convention and again before Obama’s victory speech.
Eye of the Tiger by Survivor was used by presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich, during his 2012 campaign. Eventually, one of the song’s writers filed a lawsuit against Gingrich. He tried to refuse at first, but eventually withdrew the song from his campaign.
We Take Care of Our Own by Bruce Springsteen was used
in 2012 by Barack Obama. The song played after his speech at the Democratic National Convention, as well as after his victory speech.
In fact, record sales for that particular song rose over 400 percent as a result of that campaign.
Dream On by Aerosmith was used by Donald Trump briefly during his presidential campaign. Trump soon received a cease and desist letter from Steven Tyler, and that was the end of that anthem.
Angie Krueger is a journalist who enjoys eating to Classic Rock music. She also enjoys listening to it.