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Music moves millions, so it’s no surprise when politicians and presidential candidates decide to use pop music in their ad campaigns and rallies. 

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Most politicians generally use music that’s not seen as controversial or offensive, but one presidential candidate in France has taken his political playlist to a whole new level. 

French presidential candidate Francois Hollande decided to use Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne banger “N*ggas In Paris” for his campaign video. 

GlobalGrind doesn’t necessarily think this is the best idea for his campaign, but it’s pretty hilarious. 

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GlobalGrind decided to round up 10 popular songs that were used in political campaigns.

Some artists didn’t mind their records being played during a political rally, and some weren’t so happy, but nonetheless, their music was used for political propaganda.

Take a look at our list below!

10. Cyndi Lauper “True Colors” – Cyndi Lauper’s ’80s smash “True Colors” was used in an attack ad against Mitt Romney. Ms. Lauper got wind and asked for her version of the song to be removed, despite not being a fan of Mitt Romney or his Republican politics.

9. ABBA “Take A Chance On Me”– In the 2008 Presidential election, Republican Candidate John McCain used Swedish pop group ABBA’s hit “Take A Chance On Me,” which they ultimately asked him to stop using for political propaganda.

8. Celine Dion “You And I”- Hillary Clinton used Celine Dion’s “You And I” during a web campaign for women supporters during the 2008 Democratic Primary race. 

7. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers “I Won’t Back Down”– George W. Bush used Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” for his 2000 Presidential campaign.

6. Fleetwood Mac “Don’t Stop”– Bill Clinton used Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop” at the 1992 Democratic National Convention. He liked the song so much that his even convinced the disbanded group to get back together to perform at his 1993 Inaugural Ball.  

5. Stevie Wonder “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, (I’m Yours)”– Barack Obama used Stevie Wonder’s classic during his Democratic National Convention and his Inaugural Ball. 

4. Survivor “Eye Of The Tiger” – Republican Primary Candidate Newt Gingrich loves the Rocky anthem “Eye Of The Tiger.” He’s been using the Survivor-penned track for over three years in various political campaigns and rallies.


3. K’Naan “Wavin’ Flag” – Mitt Romney used Canadian rapper K’Naan’s song “Wavin’ Flag” during a 2012 campaign ad. K’Naan spoke against the usage of his song stating, “If you don’t like the poor, don’t use their songs.”

2. Jay-Z & Kanye West’s “N*ggas In Paris” French Presidential Candidate Francois Hollande Uses Jay and Ye’s Watch The Throne banger in a political video for his presidential campaign. 

1. Bruce SpringsteenBorn In The U.S.A” – Ronald Reagan used Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The U.S.A.” during his political campaign. 

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