Trump's White House Playlist

America has a new President and it's got my head spinning. So I began thinking of what music Donald Trump might dance around to in the White House when he takes office next January. Here's what I came up with. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

1. America (F*ck Yeah) – Team America

First song that came to me writing this. Written by Trey Parker (South Park) for the film Team America - World Police. Name checks everything that makes America great.

 

 

2. The Revolution Starts Now - Steve Earle

I've always been a fan of Steve Earle. Outspoken, poetic and honest. I struggled to single out one of his songs for this list but this one is a foot stomper and the opening track to the album of the same name. Steve once said about himself: "I don't think I'm a political songwriter as much as I am just a political person. I think it's in my fabric".

 

3. The Final Countdown - Europe

This song by Swedish band Europe is about humanity leaving the planet in a spaceship because Earth has been rendered uninhabitable. I read a lot of tweets this morning mirroring this very idea. 

 

 

4. Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival 

Released in 1969 in the wake of the Vietnam War, this working-class anthem addresses the unbridgeable divide that splits the fortunate sons and the unfortunate sons in America by class privilege and a discriminatory military draft system that favoured the wealthy. "Some folks are born silver spoon in hand". Yes they are Donald.

 

 

5. My United States of Whatever - Liam Lynch

Improvised and recorded in one take this song mimics the attitude of the youth of America in 2002. Fun Fact! At 1:25, this is the shortest ever single to reach the top ten of the UK singles charts. Whatever!

 

 

6. I'm Afraid Of Americans - David Bowie

Co-written with Brian Eno, the song was originally called "I'm afraid of the animals".

The video is about paranoia, harassment and gun culture and stars Bowie being chased by Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails. In the wake of so many gun related tragedies in the USA I'm often find myself humming this track.

 

 

7. Living in America - James Brown

This song always reminds me of that scene in Rocky IV. Apollo Creed's way over the top entrance, dressed as uncle Sam, getting ready to fight the Soviet champion Ivan Drago. Brilliant. Ah what the hell! Here it is:

 

 

8. The Rising - Bruce Springsteen 

From the album of the same name and released in 2002 this song received two Grammy Awards for Best Rock Song and Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, as well as a nomination for Song of the Year. It was Springsteen's first studio album with the E Street band in 18 years. The song is written about the 9/11 as seen by the eyes of a New York fire fighter entering the twin towers and the surreal environment he encounters. Here's Bruce killing it with the band live. 

 

 

9. The Hands that built America - U2

I always remember this song from the Martin Scorsese film Gangs of New York as the end credits roll and New York City transforms from the mid 19th century to it's modern stance. A very powerful song about the experience of nineteenth century Irish migrants travelling to New York and their contribution to building America. 

 

 

10. Rocking in the Free World - Neil Young

Criticising the George Bush (Senior) administration and the Iraq war, the song directly referencing Bush's "thousand points of light" remark from his 1989 inaugural address. The song became a global anthem for the collapse of communism because of that big rocking catchy chorus.

 

 

11. Lump - Presidents of USA 

Replace "Lump" with "Trump" -  You get the idea. And the bands name... ohhh!

 

 

12. Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson

I really hope there are mirrors in the White House. (insert Trump orange face and bad hair joke!)

 

 

13. Brick in the wall - Pink Floyd

The Wall. The Berlin Wall. The Communist wall. Trumps Wall.

Roger Waters wrote this song about the distance he felt between himself and his audience after ten years of touring. Waters felt a disconnect from the fans as the band began to play to very large audiences and says he felt alienated on stage.

 

 

14. We Didn't Start The Fire - Billy Joel

This song was a No. 1 hit in the USA  in 1989​ and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. It highlights over 100 US and world events spanning 40 years up to 1989 making the point that every generation has it's own troubles. Maybe he'll write a sequel.

 

 

15. Sabotage - Beastie Boys

Last night I watched all the experts confidently predict a Democratic victory but

 "your crystal ball ain't so crystal clear". I Frickin' love the Bestie Boys.

 

 

16. It's the End of the World as We Know It - R.E.M.

It's not the end of the world. It's just a natural reaction to a shock result of this magnitude. Fun Fact: A radio station in Calgary, Alberta, Canada (CFEX x92.9 FM) played the song 156 times in a row back to back to coincide with the Mayan apocalypse event on December 21, 2012. Mad!

 

 

17. American Idiot - Green Day

Strongly opposed by some people in the US because of its controversial lyrics that express the bands attitude towards the George W. Bush (Junior) administration, as well as certain relevant political and social issues. Some people believe that this song is anti-American, because of its title and sarcastic comments, but the lyrics are in many ways highly patriotic.

 

 

18. Respect - Aretha Franklin

Originally written and recorded by Otis Redding in 1965 but with a few modifications, Aretha transformed the song into an anthem of female empowerment in 1967. Still as poignant today as ever. R-E-S-P-E-C-T......Sock it to me, Sock it to me.....

 

 

19. Revolution - The Beatles

To miss-quote Steve Earle from an interview i saw years ago he said something along the lines of "if you're not referencing the Beatles then you're not doing it right". I couldn't create a playlist and not include the fab four. John Lennon agrees with the ideas that some people had when it came to protesting in the late 1960's, but did not agree with how they went about it, sometimes inciting violence.

"but when you talk about destruction/don't you know that you can count me out".

 

 

20. Grab US by the Pussy - NEO MAGAZIN ROYALE mit Jan Böhmermann

This song made me laugh. Tongue in cheek take on that Trump quote.

"You gave us David Hasselhoff, one of the greatest actors and singers there’ll ever be". 

Genius.

 

 

I had fun putting this playlist together, and found some interesting facts along the way.

If you have some more suggestions please comment below. Or send me a tweet @rojoenemies

 

All together now -  America F*ck Yeah!

 

Playlist 

1. America (F*ck Yeah) – Team America

2. The Revolution Starts Now - Steve Earle

3. The Final Countdown - Europe

4. Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival 

5. My United States of Whatever - Liam Lynch

6. I'm Afraid Of Americans - David Bowie

7. Living in America - James Brown

8. The Rising - Bruce Springsteen 

9. The Hands that built America - U2

10. Rocking in the Free World - Neil Young

11. Lump - Presidents of USA 

12. Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson

13. Brick in the wall - Pink Floyd

14. We Didn't Start The Fire - Billy Joel

15. Sabotage - Beastie Boys

16. It's the End of the World as We Know It - R.E.M.

17. American Idiot - Green Day

18. Respect - Aretha Franklin

19. Revolution - The Beatles

20. Grab US by the Pussy - NEO MAGAZIN ROYALE mit Jan Böhmermann

 

 

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