MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2017 |
Posted by: Katie Pedernera
Since it's President's Day, we thought it was a good time to reflect on our great presidents (and the... not-so-great ones) and all of the songs devoted to them. So, here are our top ten songs about presidents.
1. "George Washington" - Brad Neely
The first thing I thought when I listened to the opening lines to this track was, "Is this Hamilton?!" and lunged closer to my computer screen. It is a little weird that there aren't that many songs dedicated to the first president of the United States. But this rap track is catchy.
2. "My President" - Young Jeezy & Nas
Had to listen to this after Obama's farewell address, I miss that man
3. "James K. Polk" - They Might Be Giants
I could've used this folky song in grade school. I had to do a quick Google search to find out who James K. Polk. Forgive me, it's been awhile since I've opened a history textbook. He reformed the national banking system and secured territory in Oregon for the United (now you know if you didn't). Yay for the Internet!
4. "Ronnie, Talk to Russia" - Prince
It was very rare for Prince to ever get political but he dabbled with the opinions he had on Reagan and his scandalous administration.
5. "Tiny Hands" - Fiona Apple
On to a less inspiring ode: this song is self-explanatory and the message couldn't be clearer. This song doesnt need a quick refresh on who this song is about. But I kind of wish we needed to.
6. "Mr. Garfield" - Johnny Cash
Music has been political for a while. Cash is famous for his dry wit and humor, so it's not surprising to find a song about assignation that sounds more amused than mournful in the archives. Garfield was the second president out of four to be assassinated. An extremely unfortunate tale makes great music for Cash. What can you do? Ce la vie.
7. "Million Dollar Loan" - Death Cab For Cutie
Another beautiful song about the one who will not be named, you know, the tiny hands guy. Death Cab For Cutie obviously took the emo vote away from this man when they released the track using one of his famous campaign quotes as the song title.
8. "Young Abe Lincoln, Make A Tall, Tall Man" - Johnny Horton
I'm not going to brief you on who Abraham Lincoln is. It would weird is you didn't know the accomplishments of Lincoln, like his work on the abolishment of slavery, which was awesome. I wish Johnny Horton could've come to my history class and sing us this song about America's best presidents!
9. "The Day John Kennedy Died" - Lou Reed
The day JFK died deeply touched the hearts of a generation. His political achievements and untimely death affected artists to tell the story of his legacy. Lou Reed's rendition is a tearjerker.
10. "Yes We Can" - will.i.am
Obama's legacy will be remembered as the movement of change. Hip-hop has been behind Obama since his first campaign in 2008. Artists have shared their inspirational odes for our first African-American president. Personally, I am inspired by will.i.am's collaboration with John Legend, Scarlett Johansson, and various other artists singing along with Obama's famous campaign speech: Yes We Can.