The first batch of Benghazi emails released last month tipped us off that Clinton might have some major love for Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger," which got us thinking there must be other songs near and dear to her heart. After all, she's gearing up for the biggest race of her life so she must have some anthems ready on hand for whatever mood she's in. What other lyrical tunes resonate with the Hillz? Here are nine songs that should be on Clinton's playlist.
Back in 2006, Clinton got her first iPod, and we got a glimpse at what songs might be her favorites. Those included Aretha Franklin's "Respect," the Beatles' "Hey Jude," and the Eagles' "Take It To The Limit." And in 2011, she told a audience in the Philippines she was a "child of the 60s," so her favorite artists were the ones making hits when she was growing up.
The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, the Who and the Doors. I mean, all of that, plus I like classical music because I find it relaxing when I'm thinking about stressful things.
Clinton obviously has love for the classics, and yes, she undoubtedly needs music to help her de-stress. But a lot has changed since she was senator of New York and U.S. Secretary of State. Clinton has faced some serious ups and downs so let's fast forward a bit and see how her musical tastes might have changed.
"Shake It Off" — Taylor Swift
From Benghazi to her private email server, Clinton has a giant target on her back from Republicans (and some Democrats). The reality is that haters are gonna hate. That's why Clinton needs to ignore all the criticism and unbelievably sexist remarks that head her way. Take it from Tay-Tay, just shake it off!
"Unpretty" — TLC
Clinton's appearance has long been the subject of vitriol from political pundits — "Is she too old?" "What's with the pantsuit?" I mean, come on. Would we ask those same questions to a man? But screw what anyone else has to say about a woman's physical looks, and no other song drives that feminist message home than TLC's "Unpretty."
"Can't Hold Us Down" — Christina Aguilera
When she was first lady in the 1990s, her quick mouth and outspoken views sometimes got her in trouble — remember the notorious "baking cookies" quote? But honestly, no woman should be forced to keep her opinions to herself, and Clinton proved nothing should hold any woman down, not even the burden of being FLOTUS.
"Man! I Feel A Woman" — Shania Twain
"Let's go girls!" While first lady, Clinton made it clear that "women's rights are human rights," and she hasn't hesitated in saying that women's rights will be a key point of her 2016 platform. Whether we're talking about the gender wage gap or reproductive rights, Clinton is there. Let your hair down and celebrate your womanness.
"Survivor" — Destiny's Child
It's no secret that losing the 2008 Democratic primary to Obama was hard on Clinton. She was the front-runner going in and ended up coming in third. But Clinton is through and through a survivor, and she even joined Obama's administration as secretary of state. A h/t to you Clinton for staying strong.
"Try Again" — Aaliyah
Rumors of a second White House bid followed Clinton since she lost the 2008 primaries, but they certainly ramped up in the last four years. She largely denied it, but there were definitely dropped hints about her intentions. Prepping for 2016 bid would mean having to try again
"Without Me" — Eminem
Booyah, guess who's back? You thought she'd be gone, but it really wouldn't be an interesting election without her. In April, Clinton announced she's running for president again, and this time around she's facing little competition in the primaries. She's learned from the past and has her sights square on the White House.
"Run the World (Girls)" — Beyoncé
Any real diva would have a post-Destiny's Child Beyoncé anthem on her playlist, and of course what else would Clinton have but "Run The World?" This is what she must play to get psyched about possibly becoming the country's first female president, and we don't blame her.
"Landslide" — Fleetwood Mac
It can't all be rise guys. Clinton has been pretty open about how the birth of her granddaughter Charlotte has influenced her experience as a woman and as a politician, and this is the perfect song to talk about passing time. Regardless of what happens with this election, the Clinton family has accomplished a lot, and you can imagine all of them — Hillary, Bill, Chelsea, and baby Charlotte — kicking back on a porch with some lemonade as this classic plays softly in the background.