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30 Years Of (Strange & Wonderful) Presidential Campaign Songs

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    Everyone's got that one song. You know, the song that just pumps you the eff up. Well, presidential candidates are no exception. It's tough being out on the road, trying to convince the public to put you in charge of all the important buttons. Plus, relevant songs are a good way to show your demographic how hip you are (relatively speaking).

    Over the past 30 years, every presidential hopeful has selected a song (or 12) as part of their official campaign. Some of these anthems are clearly meant to ingrain in each of us what the candidate is all about. Obama's 2008 campaign, for example, actually used a song called "Yes We Can" — his exact slogan. But others are more suggestive, like George W. Bush's 2000 campaign tune, "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

    Ahead, we've rounded up the songs that have made their way onto the campaign trail — for better or worse.



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    George H.W. Bush, 1988
    "Don't Worry, Be Happy" — Bobby McFerrin

    Bush Sr. was clearly trying to keep a chill vibe going. Unfortunately, this song makes me think of nothing but Alamo rental cars.

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    Michael Dukakis, 1988
    "America" — Neil Diamond

    I mean, fair enough.

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    Bill Clinton, 1992
    "Don't Stop" — Fleetwood Mac

    And he plays the EFFING SAX, America!

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    George H.W. Bush, 1992
    "This Land Is Your Land" — Woody Guthrie

    Traditional — just like the candidate.

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    Bob Dole, 1996
    "Soul Man" — The Blues Brothers

    Is there a person alive who believes that Bob Dole is truly a soul man? Soul rhymes with Dole, and that's about it.