5 Hillary Clinton Campaign Song Ideas That'll Help Supporters Raise The Roof
As campaign season bumps along, there will come a time when Hillary Clinton will need some a theme song. Back in 1993, Bill Clinton used the Fleetwood Mac song "Don't Stop" as his walk-on music, and in the 2000 campaign, Al Gore chose the appropriate "You Can Call Me Al" by Paul Simon as his go-to song. A campaign song needs to be something that a rally audience recognizes and has good associations with, and which says something positive about the candidate.
It's no easy task to choose just the right song, and it's important to pick wisely, because it can stick with a candidate for months — even years, considering we're 18 months away from the 2016 elections. So here are a few suggestions for the Clinton campaign to consider when they choose the soundtrack for that White House road trip.
5. "I'm Every Woman" by Whitney Houston
A strong choice, encapsulating the strength and power of a tough woman who wants to run the country. Two possible drawbacks: Oprah Winfrey used this song for a few years as her show's opening theme, so she kinda owns it a little bit already, and, considering Houston's untimely death in 2012, it may evoke sad memories for some listeners.
4. "Stronger" by Britney Spears
A nice all-purpose grrl power anthem that could speak to Clinton's unsuccessful 2008 campaign, and what she's learned since. "I'm stronger than yesterday/Now it's nothin' but my way" has to resonate for a woman who has made an art form out of reinventing herself.
3. "Fighter" by Christina Aguilera
Hillary Clinton is nothing if not tenacious, and she can go toe-to-toe with any other political opponents. She has bounced back so many times. This Xtina anthem really evokes an unwillingness to back down, which is what Hillary Clinton is all about.
2. "Run the World (Girls)" by Beyoncé
The only reason this one didn't make the No. 1 spot is that it might be a little too sexy for a political campaign song. Otherwise, this song would be a great fit, with plenty of inspirational lyrics about running the world: "My persuasion can build a nation." And, it has the added bonus of being from a performer who only needs one name — a nice parallel to a politician who only needs one name.
1. "Respect" by Aretha Franklin
The Queen of Soul does not have time for your nonsense, and so, too, Hillary will shake off the haters and demand the respect she deserves. This is what Hillary has been working for her entire political career: Recognition and respect for all she's done. And "Respect" is a song that would let her strut on stage and get an audience to sit up and pay attention.