Don’t stop the music: Campaign songs tell candidates’ story

Don’t stop the music: Campaign songs tell candidates’ story

When Elizabeth Warren took the stage to launch her presidential run to the strains of Dolly Parton‘s “9 to 5,” the song seemed to sum up the spirit of a candidacy built on giving workers a fairer shake.

Only days earlier, fellow Democrat Kamala Harris had exited her own campaign kickoff rally with an equally fitting musical choice of “My Shot,” an anthem of ambition for political change from the hit musical “Hamilton.” The song’s chorus, delivered by a young Alexander Hamilton, underscored Harris’ confident emergence as a top-tier White House contender: “I’m just like my country, I’m young, scrappy and hungry, and I’m not throwing away my shot.”

Presidential candidates have used thematic songs to great effect in recent decades.

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