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Music to Your Ears? Candidates Share Their Favorite Songs

Blender magazine asked John McCain and Barack Obama which 10 songs make their ultimate playlists. Obama embraces the newcomer theme — his favorite song of all time is "Ready or Not" by the Fugees. As for McCain, he may not be young and sweet, only 17, but his favorite song is "Dancing Queen" by ABBA. And Obama and McCain can agree on one thing: Frank Sinatra. Songs by Sinatra make both lists. Other than that the candidates have distinct listening preferences.

To see both candidates' top-10 lists,

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John McCain

  1. "Dancing Queen" by ABBA
  2. "Blue Bayou" by Roy Orbison
  3. "Take A Chance On Me" by ABBA
  4. "If We Make It Through December" by Merle Haggard
  5. "As Time Goes By" by Dooley Wilson
  6. "Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys
  7. "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong
  8. "I've Got You Under My Skin" by Frank Sinatra
  9. "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond
  10. "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" by The Platters

Barack Obama

  1. "Ready or Not" by the Fugees
  2. "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye
  3. "I'm on Fire" by Bruce Springsteen
  4. "Gimme Shelter" by the Rolling Stones
  5. "Sinnerman" by Nina Simone
  6. "Touch the Sky" by Kanye West
  7. "You'd Be So Easy to Love" by Frank Sinatra
  8. "Think" by Aretha Franklin
  9. "City of Blinding Lights" by U2
  10. "Yes We Can" by will.i.am

Whose playlist would you swipe for your own iPod? Is Sinatra the key to party unity?

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Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
And Nica, Bob Dylan is amazing. I have everything he has ever breathed into a microphone. My husband and I bonded over him. I even went to a scorching hot concert 8 months pregnant to see him. lol, can you tell I like him?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
That's ridiculous. He makes mass produced albums and singles. If you painted a picture and found out that McCain liked it, it would make you mad?
gitsie123 gitsie123 9 years
I also think Bruce Springsteen would have been pissed if McCain chose one of his songs.
nicachica nicachica 9 years
Haha...i find it kind of cute that McCain supports Abba that much. who knew? i love these favorite lists...in fact, here's my top 5! Nicachica's top 5 favorite songs: 1. "How Many More Times" Led Zeppelin 2. "Get off my Cloud" Rolling Stones 3. "Police on my Back" The Clash 4. "Just like a woman" Bob Dylan 5. "Hurt" Johnny Cash (original version by Nine Inch Nails but Johnny just made it sooo much better) okay i was going to make it 10, but my cousin just invited me to play golf and i'm on staycation. soooo...see ya!
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 9 years
It's silly to think anyone could tell how genuine a list is based on their picks (referring to some of the comments above). If I were to create a music list it would probably be just as diverse as both lists. It's Blender Magazine, it shouldn't be taken that seriously.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
GS, I wasn't talking about you specifically. You had suggested that BO supporters would look down on McCain's list (which clearly there are some that think like that), but I was just saying that to me, both lists aren't that big of a deal. I think we are in agreement on this one! ;) "Plus, I have Clay Aiken covering a Foreigner song on my iPod. I am in *no* position to judge anyone else's playlists whatsoever." :rotfl:
kia kia 9 years
Obama had me at Marvin Gaye
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Jill, I don't find the list silly. In fact, I didn't even look at them. Don't see the point. I was making an observation about the responses I had read.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
Good point Jillness.... however, I still find myself thinking similar thoughts to popgoestheworld: "I wonder if it's truly their favorites, or if advisors had a say. I can imagine the groomers asking Obama: "Well, Jersey is a swing state so you have to pick between Bon Jovi and Springsteen. Which is it?"? It's just that nothing seems as simple as it appears to be. Everything is so thought out.
em1282 em1282 9 years
I agree Jillness. Plus, I have Clay Aiken covering a Foreigner song on my iPod. I am in *no* position to judge anyone else's playlists whatsoever. :cookie:
lovelie lovelie 9 years
-I don't think that McCain's list is silly...I really think judging someone's music list is silly. I agree...god forbid anyone ever get ahold of my Ipod...very embarrassing. Thankfully, my music taste does not reflect my overall style.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
"Those for JM think BO's list is silly and vise versa." I don't think that McCain's list is silly...I really think judging someone's music list is silly. They are just songs that they like, it isn't as if everyone else is forced to like them as well. I am not a fan of McCain's policy's, but that doesn't mean that I am going to bash something as irrelevant as his music selection. Not to mention, if Obama was being calculating about this music choices, would he REALLY have included Fugees and Kanye? He doesn't need help with the youth vote, remember!
cottonpoots cottonpoots 9 years
I love how this enables the candidates to connect to the "people" on a personal level. It makes them seem more down to earth, and not so intimidating.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I like lots of songs off of both list. I kind of dig that McCain is just unabashedly an ABBA fan. What a Wonderful World is a great song, too. I wonder if it's truly their favorites, or if advisors had a say. I can imagine the groomers asking Obama: "Well, Jersey is a swing state so you have to pick between Bon Jovi and Springsteen. Which is it?" I hate to be a downer but it seem like even this must be at least somewhat inauthentic.
em1282 em1282 9 years
Oops, that should be "arrogance", not "ignorance". It's sleepy time. :)
em1282 em1282 9 years
Uh, Obama's list looks like he "appeals to the masses" because he's, y'know, not 71. (Blah, blah, blah, add the "stop it with the McCain is old jokes" here ;)) But yeah, he likes Kanye, The Stones, annd Sinatra. Pardon my ignorance, but don't most people like them anyway? I don't really think it has anything to do with "appealing to the masses". Most people like those groups, and Barack is one of those people who likes thos groups. Just sayin'. They're popular for a reason. Also, call me crazy/tolerant of "arrogance", but eh, I like that Obama included that will.i.am song on there. I personally hate it, but it was nice of Obama to give him a shout-out. If someone wrote a song about McCain, I bet he'd include it on there too out of appreciation. But, one person's appreciation, another's ignorance, I guess.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
janneth - :rotfl: I agree with Great Sommelier. It seems like that supporters of McCain automatically think that Barack is trying too hard, and Obama supporters are saying that McCain probably didn't pick the songs for his list. Can we please be a little more mature? I personally never pictured John McCain as an Obama fan, but I also think it's a little arrogant and self-promoting (is that a word?) that Barack picked the song based on his speech. By the way, I am an Obama supporter, but I can be objective about aspects of his campaign and/or life.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
>It seems to go down party lines, like everything else. Those for JM think BO's list is silly and vise versa. Seriously. One list seems more authentic than the other? We are headed to Silly Town.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
It seems to go down party lines, like everything else. Those for JM think BO's list is silly and vise versa. Seems like we should just get used to this until the election.
guiltypleasure31 guiltypleasure31 9 years
what exactly would constitute an authentic list for sen. obama? he's a middle aged man, what is he supposed to spend his days listening to? i've heard people say they don't buy that he listens to sinatra, why not? springsteen, marvin and aretha? sounds pretty reasonable for someone of his age, and the pop/hip-hop selections are pretty mainstream, stuff that a lot of people enjoy. i certainly believe his list more than mccain liking usher like he claimed in entertainment weekly. not sure what stereotypes some people are working off of that apparently makes obama's list so unbelievable. as for including yes we can, a group of supporters put a speech of his to music, i imagine he was touched by it. i thought the idea was pretty creative and nicely done. but yeah he must be an arrogant douchebag.
pinky23 pinky23 9 years
i love both lists. :)
janneth janneth 9 years
SOS. I don't want to Take a Chance on McCain. Money Money Money is the Name Of The Game with him. I know he was a Super Trouper, but Voulez Vous a president who constantly preaches that we are Under Attack? Remember, The Winner Takes It All.
janneth janneth 9 years
McAbba went to see the Mamma Mia movie this weekend.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I could never narrow it down to 10 songs. There are so many I like for different reasons, some because the song writing is excellent, some because of what it meant to me at that time in my life, and some just because it makes me shake it. :pepino:
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
Mac's list seems made up to me. Like a staffer got in charge of putting it together and threw ABBA on there as a joke. If some one wrote a song in honor of me and my principles, I would hope I would be gracious enough to include it on my top ten.
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