It isn’t essentially the most urgent problem on this presidential marketing campaign, however each the Republican and Democratic candidates have an issue with music. Donald Trump has spent his complete presidency utilizing music with out the permission of most artists. In the meantime, Joe Biden is not fairly as problematic — his alternative of campaign-centric music is simply largely uninspired.
Since we will not do a lot about their respective politics, listed here are a couple of options for brand new music for the Trump and Biden campaigns. There is no promise any artist will give authorized consent, nevertheless it’s the hope that these songs will higher seize the spirit of each males and what they provide as world leaders. You able to rock, America?
Icona Pop, “I Love It”
With their 2016 summer time smash hit, Icona Pop distilled brattiness to its essence. This can be a track for individuals who acknowledge any private shortcomings and tribulations solely to show away for the momentary rush of feeling good. It is the sonic equal of yelling “YOLO!” or pretending like life’s issues will magically remedy themselves. By no means earlier than has a track encapsulated the whole Trump base so brilliantly (and with such killer hooks).
Pitbull, “Unhealthy Man”
Is the title a little bit heavy-handed for this checklist? Positive. But it surely’s additionally a track about casting your self as each a suave women’ man and heavenly paladin of greatness, which feels completely Trump-ian. It is also about actively embracing simply how huge of a jerk folks assume you’ve got change into. Plus, the presence of each Joe Perry and Robin Thicke in some way enhances Pitbull’s terrible swagger whereas making him seem midway respectable. Genius!
Elton John, “I am Nonetheless Standing”
What number of occasions within the final 4 years have we, the sane and affordable of America, collectively thought, “This is the scandal that lastly brings down Trump,” just for bupkis to occur? This tune serves as the final word celebration for Trump, and an opportunity for him to thumb his nostril in any respect the haters. However then he’d be lacking the purpose (as common): Positive he’s standing tall, however the entire world is altering round him each single day.
The Beatles, “Taxman”
Okay, elevated taxes and Republicans don’t usually combine. (That’s, except it is to assist out their rich backers and donors.) But it surely’s much less concerning the message and extra about Trump having an opportunity to a. personal the libtards and b. additional mutilate the legacy of one thing folks truly love. Plus, if his tax returns are lastly launched, they may cue up footage from this track at some occasion and we would all savor the infinite irony.
Ted Nugent, “Fred Bear”
There may be maybe no extra becoming musical accompaniment to any Trump occasion or promotional piece than rocker Ted Nugent. He’s an outdated, self-absorbed nightmare who rose to fame on a nasty gimmick and the applause of foolish ninnies in every single place. However this track specifically seems like an ideal alternative: a seven-minute, overly indulgent ode to your looking buddy from some fantasy model of the usA. Blergh.
MisterWives, “Greatest I Can Do”
Right here’s a track the place the title seems like an ideal encapsulation of each Biden and his reluctant supporters. On the one hand, it is a couple of lover attempting their finest to appease somebody who will all the time stay unhappy. On the similar time, it may also be about actively settling for this mediocre lifetime of half-cocked happiness. It is so becoming for Biden’s America that it nearly feels poetic — if it did not additionally make us need to weep overtly.
Large Tymers, “Nonetheless Fly”
Biden’s camp have pushed a couple of completely different messages in latest months, together with how he can heal America and that we’re already in a struggle for the nation’s spirit. However ol’ Joe must remind of us that he’s nonetheless hip and sharp. Fortunately, there’s no better option for that mission than this celebratory jam that was even hackneyed and tremendous dated when it dropped again in 2002. Within the everlasting phrases of Birdman himself, it’s our flip, child.
Randy Newman, “You Obtained a Good friend in Me”
Within the correct context, this Randy Newman gem is a strong and poignant meditation on the easy wonders of friendship. Within the context of a Joe Biden marketing campaign, it will really feel deeply out of contact to the purpose of being bodily uncomfortable. However then that’s type of the purpose, and Biden’s all the time going to cling to some hokey concepts of friendship and unity. Get used to this awkward battle to infinity and past.
Carly Rae Jepsen, “I Actually Like You”
If there’s one totally important commentary from the Biden marketing campaign, it’s simply how badly he needs to be cherished. However neglect all of the hand-holding movies or reward from Barack Obama; you simply want this 2015 pop smash. It’s brilliant and cheery, endearing to the purpose of pure annoyance, and appears to repeat the identical message time and again. Overlook rallies and movies; play this barn-burner on the inauguration.
Jay-Z, “D.O.A. (Dying of Auto-Tune)”
Sure, this 2009 Jay-Z single is, successfully, about smashing what’s new in favor of the dependable classics. However that’s not essentially what the Biden marketing campaign is all about. Nonetheless, at the least this specific track alternative is a. fairly cool and b. connects Biden much more to Obama, a famous Hov devotee. If completely nothing else, it certain beats Biden’s continued use of Jackie Wilson’s “Greater and Greater,” which simply feels underwhelming.