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Lilli Dellheim '25 M.A., Special to the Hawk • July 13, 2024

Playlist of the week: Election edition

Five star-spangled songs to get you in the Election Day spirit 

What better way to get pumped about voting than by listening to some wonderfully inspirational songs about the good ol’ US of A? This playlist features songs from all different eras, and while some are fitting for this election in particular, others are great for any election season.

1. “Donald Trump” by Mac Miller

It is pretty obvious as to why this track made it onto the list. “Donald Trump” was the song on Mac’s debut album that launched his career back in 2011. Now with “The Donald” as a presidential candidate, it is interesting to look back at this song. While the lyrics talk about money, girls, and fame, they also tell of the rise of Donald Trump and of Mac’s hope to one day achieve the same level of fame and fortune.

2. “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

This throwback to the late ’60s is a great song to jam to if you’re trying to stick it to the man. “Fortunate Son” came out in 1969 during the rise of anti-government and anti-war songs. This song’s folk rock tune makes it timeless and easy to sing along to. Even if you are not anti-government, this song is a classic rock hit that anyone can enjoy.

3. “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus

Another election playlist must-have, this song launched Miley Cyrus’ musical career and became an instant classic to belt out with your friends. It’s a great song to play during the election, or even as a post-election celebratory anthem.

4. “Freedom” by Pharrell

When you hear this song, you can’t help but want to get up and shout “freedom” along with Pharrell. This track perfectly meshes poetic lyrics with an upbeat and electric sound, and like “Fortunate Son,” is great to listen to when feeling empowered for change.

5.“Philadelphia Freedom” by Elton John

This song is an uplifting, joyous tune that makes people want to get up and dance. Sir Elton John debuted the song back in 1975. While other artists during this time made anti-government and anti-war songs, John wrote this record that portrays his love for the USA. Fun fact: This song was written for John’s friend Billie Jean King who owns the Philadelphia Freedoms tennis team.

Election playlist bonus tracks: “Elected” by Alice Cooper, “Dear Mr. President” by Pink, “Super Tuesday” by The Shazam, and “Electioneering” by Radiohead.

Elizabeth B. Mitchell, ’19, contributed to this playlist.

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