Presidential Candidates: What’s In Their iPods?

by Venomous Kate

Maybe it’s just me, but I get a chuckle thinking of a U.S. President tapping his feet under the desk in the Oval Office while listening to the Rolling Stones or even ABBA. But, based on what Barack Obama and John McCain’s Top 10 favorite songs, that’s precisely what may happen come January.

What I find even more surprising? How many of Obama’s top 10 songs are on my high-rotation play list.

BARACK OBAMA
1. Ready or Not -Fugees
2. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
3. I’m On Fire Bruce – Springsteen
4. Gimme Shelter – Rolling Stones
5. Sinnerman – Nina Simone (Simone is one of my musical obsessions)
6. Touch the Sky – Kanye West
7. You’d Be So Easy to Love – Frank Sinatra
8. Think – Aretha Franklin
9. City of Blinding Lights – U2
10. Yes We Can – will.i.am

JOHN McCAIN
1. Dancing Queen – ABBA
2. Blue Bayou – Roy Orbison
3. Take a Chance On Me – ABBA
4. If We MakeIt Through December – Merle Haggard
5. As Time Goes By – Dooley Wilson
6. Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
7. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong (my wedding recessional)
8. I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Frank Sinatra
9. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
10. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes – The Platters

Still, I have to agree with the folks at Blender about the oddness of Obama’s #10 song which is essentially a mix of Obama’s speeches. Self-absorbed much?

5 Comments to “Presidential Candidates: What’s In Their iPods?”

  1. What’s more disturbing is that grown men, or at least one grown man and one contemporary man, admitted to owning an iPod.

    Can you imagine asking Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan what tapes they had for their Walkmans?

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  2. But remember, Carter quoted Bob Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm” in a speech. But maybe he listened to it on the hi-fi instead of a Walkman.

    One of Reagan’s favorite songs was “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, but given his age I’m guessing he liked the original performance.

  3. I cannot believe that Obama has “Yes We Can” on his iPod. What a loser!

    As for McCain, I can’t believe he even knows what an iPod is! (Sorry, is that ageist?)

  4. Maybe a little ageist, but I won’t hold it against you. I tried convincing my Mom to let me give her an iPod for her birthday because she loves music and audiobooks, and she’s always on the go so much that she’d probably love being able to take videos with her, too.

    She said, “An iPod? Good grief. That thing would just screw up my hearing aids!”

  5. There are a lot of men and women at the gym in there 70′s and 80′s with ipods,it kinda freaked me out at first