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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!

Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.

Bruce Springsteen's official music video for 'Born In The U.S.A.'. Click to listen to Bruce Springsteen on Spotify: As featured on The Album Collection, Vol. 1 (1973-1984). Click to buy the track or albumvia iTunes: Google Play: Amazon:

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.

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - I Won't Back Down (Official Music Video)

REMASTERED IN HD! Music video by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers performing I Won't Back Down. (C) 1989 Geffen Records #TomPetty #IWontBackDown #Remastered #Vevo #Rock #OfficialMusicVideo #TomPettyAndTheHeartbreakers

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.

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son (Official Lyric Video)

Join the official CCR email list: Music video by Creedence Clearwater Revival performing Fortunate Son. (C) 2012 Concord Music Group, Inc. #CreedenceClearwaterRevival #FortunateSon #Vevo

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.

Boston - More Than a Feeling

Boston's official music video for 'More Than A Feeling'. Listen to Boston: Subscribe to the official Boston YouTube channel: h...

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.

Heart - "Barracuda" (1977)

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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)

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group North America Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) · Stevie Wonder Signed, Sealed And Delivered ℗ ℗ 1970 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc. Released on: 1970-01-01 Producer: Stevie Wonder Recording Arranger: Paul Riser Author, Composer: Stevie Wonder Author, Composer: Lee Garrett Author, Composer: Syreeta Wright Author, Composer: Lula Mae Hardaway Music Publisher: Johanan Vigoda Admin.

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.

Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger

"Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor Listen to Survivor: Subscribe to the official Survivor YouTube Channel: Follow Survivor: Facebook: Twitter: Website: Spotify: Lyrics: It's the eye of the tiger It's the thrill of the fight Rising up to the challenge of our rival And the last known survivor Stalks his prey in the night And he's watching us all with the eye of the tiger #Survivor #EyeOfTheTiger #Rock

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.

Bruce Springsteen - We Take Care of Our Own (Video)

Bruce Springsteen's official lyric music video for 'We Take Care Of Our Own'. Click to listen to Bruce Springsteen on Spotify: As featured on Wrecking Ball.

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.

Aerosmith - Dream On

Watch the official music video for "Dream On" by Aerosmith Listen to Aerosmith: Subscribe to the official Aerosmith YouTube channel: Follow Aerosmith: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: Website: Spotify: YouTube: Lyrics: Every time​ that I look in the mirror All these lines on my face getting clearer The past is gone It went by like dusk to dawn Isn't that the way?

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.