Our statistic lords and saviors over at FiveThirtyEight (All hail Nate Silver) pulled together a list of all the times that a politician has been asked to no longer use a song.
-About 74 percent of political donations from people in TV, music and movies went to Democrats during the 2014 election, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In the 2008 election, 81 percent went to Democrats!
-On Tuesday, after Trump used Neil Young’s song “Rockin’ in the Free World” at his presidential campaign announcement, Young — a Canadian citizen — said he was actually a supporter of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and said Trump had no permission to use the song. (The Trump campaign said it obtained a license to use the song from ASCAP.)
-George W. Bush, Romney, and McCain got dinged the most by artists such as John Mellancamp, Tom Petty, Heart, and the Foo Fighters.
-Other interesting complaints: Bobby McFerrin objected to George H.W. Bush using the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” in 1988 and Sting objected to both Gore and Bush using his song Brand New Day in 2000.
-Abba complained about McCain using "Take a Chance on Me," which FiveThirtyEight adorably points out as sad because "Regardless of your politics, can we take a minute and think about how much it must have sucked to be the guy making the playlists for McCain in 2008? ABBA’s objections must have particularly stung — McCain has been very public about his love for ABBA. In 2008, he was asked to list his 10 favorite songs. Two of them were ABBA songs. That is how much John McCain likes ABBA, which is great, because ABBA rules. McCain has great taste in music."
What song would be your campaign anthem, ONTD? What songs would you recommend to the current candidates?