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Top 10 Songs About Politicians

It’s time for another song list. In honor of this crazy American presidential campaign and the election in a few weeks that will make it mercifully end, this one is “Top 10 Songs About Politicians.” I’ll start it with my ten choices and then you add. Ready?

1. Violent Femmes, Old Mother Reagan (Ronald Reagan)
2. The Ramones, Bonzo Goes To Bitburg (Ronald Reagan)
3. Prince, Ronnie Talk To Russia (Ronald Reagan)
4. Christmas, Richard Nixon Sees You (Richard Nixon)
5. Billy Bragg, Thatcherites (Margaret Thatcher)
6. The English Beat, Stand Down, Margaret (Margaret Thatcher)
7. Richard Thompson, Mother Knows Best (Margaret Thatcher)
8. Sinead O’ Connnor, Black Boys On Mopeds (Margaret Thatcher)
9. Dick Holler, Abraham, Martin and John (Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy)
10.The B-52s, Bushfire (George Bush, Sr.)

Okay there are tons more, so start naming them. I hope I hear from some of my 1980s punk rock pals. Wasn’t every song back then political? The 1990s was filed with Brit Pop about Tony Blair and more recently, well, I can think of one gigantic hit about George W. Bush.

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12 thoughts on “Top 10 Songs About Politicians

  1. Morrissey’s Margaret On The Guillotine (Margaret Thatcher)
    Pink Floyd, Pigs or Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert (Margaret Thatcher)

  2. Mission of Burma – Nancy Reagan’s Head

  3. I know this isn’t quite what you were thinking of, but I recently bought this for a friend.

    “Of Great and Mortal Men”:

    43 Songs for 43 U.S. Presidencies

    Click the link above to see the contents of the other 2 CDs…

    CD 1

    1. George Washington (Washington Dreams of the Hippopotamus) feat. Vince DiFiore (of Cake)
    2. John Adams (Armed with Only Wit and the Vigor of the U.S. Navy) feat. These United States
    3. Thomas Jefferson (The Mouldboard of Least Resistance)
    4. James Madison (Zinger)
    5. James Monroe (The Last Cocked Hat) feat. Marla Hansen
    6. John Quincy Adams (Death in the Speaker’s Room)
    7. Andrew Jackson (Benevolence) feat. Califone
    8. Martin Van Buren (The Little Magician) feat. Tom Brosseau
    9. William Henry Harrison (So You Don’t Have To)
    10. John Tyler (In Hindsight) feat. Bill Callahan (of Smog)
    11. James Knox Polk (The Other Is Better / The Landscape to Transform) feat. Monahans
    12. Zachary Taylor (Rough and Ready)
    13. Millard Fillmore (The Proof Is in the Pudding)
    14. Franklin Pierce (My Only Enemy Is Myself) feat. Stephen Yerkey

  4. Oh yeah… Were you thinking of Pink’s “Dear Mr. President”?

  5. R.E.M.-“Exhumimg McCarthy”-(Joseph McCarthy)

  6. John Mark on said:

    Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Two Tribes (Ronald Reagan)

  7. “If Reagan Played Disco” by the Minutemen…
    You can’t disco with jackboots!

  8. “Land of Confusion”-Genesis-puppet politicians! Duh-can’t believe we forgot that one

  9. short list of some in my itunes, there are a lot.

    “tell the truth” – mos def, etc

    “people lie” – jj cale

    “our soliders” – krs one

    “who’s gonna fight in the third world war” – subhumans

    rage agains the machine, take your pick

    “fault the police” – corporate avengers

    “letter from the government” – brother ali

    “impeach the president” – dj green lantern

    “tianemen square” – rancid

    “knights of cydonia” – muse

  10. a favorite of mine: Immortal Technique ft. Mos Def and Eminem, Bin Laden (George W. Bush)
    good song, very direct.

  11. does “I’m so bored with the U.S.A.” by the Clash count?

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