Political Playlists How Music Affects Voters’ Views of Presidential Candidates


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The first Democratic presidential debates of the 2020 election kick off on June 26 and 27 in Miami — and each candidate’s playlists, curated with surgical precision, play a role as well as their policies.

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Michael Bennett
Walk-out music: “The Rising,” Bruce Springsteen
Bill de Blasio
(Mayor of New York City)
Walk-out song: “Rudy Can’t Fail,” The Clash
Cory Booker
(U.S. Senator from New Jersey)
Walk-out song: “Lovely Day,” Bill Withers
Additional songs including those from Booker’s 2019 Black History Month Playlist: Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” and James Brown’s “Say It Loud — I’m Black and I’m Proud — Pts. 1& 2.”
Pete Buttigieg
(Mayor of South Bend, Ind.)
Walk-out song: “High Hopes,” Panic! At the Disco
Additional music from Pete Buttigieg’s “Buttijam” playlist: Beck’s “I’m So Free,”Won’t Get Fooled Again – Single Edit” by The Who, “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” by McFadden & Whitehead, and “Good As Hell” by Lizzo (and also used by U.S. Senator Gillibrandt’s campaign)
Julian Castro
(former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; playlist supplied by campaign)
Walk-out song: The Byrds, “Turn, Turn, Turn”
Playlist also includes: Selena’s ” Baila Esta Cumbia,” Tracy Chapman’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” Gener8ion’s “Da Da Ding” (feat. Gizzle), Florence + the Machine’s “Third Eye,” Lenny Kravitz’s “Let Love Rule,” Panic! at the Disco’s “High Hopes” and Calle 13’s “Latinoamérica” (feat. Totó la Momposina, Susana Baca & María Rita)
John Delaney
(former U.S. Representative from Maryland)
Walk-out music: “I’ve Been Everywhere,” Johnny Cash
Tulsi Gabbard
Walk-out song: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Kirsten Gillibrand

Senator from New York)
Walk-out music: “Good as Hell,” Lizzo
Kamala Harris
Walk-out song: “Work That,” Mary J. Blige
John Hickenlooper
(former Governor of Colorado; playlist supplied by campaign)
Walk-out song: Alabama Shakes, “Don’t Wanna Fight” (walk-off: OneRepublic, “Good Life” and Eddie Vedder’s “Rise Up”)
include: The Black Keys’ “Howlin’ for You,” The Avett Brothers’ “Salvation Song,” Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up” and Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Mean Enough World.”
Jay Inslee
Walk-out song: “Mr. Blue Sky,” Electric Light Orchestra
Amy Klobuchar
(U.S. Senator from Minnesota; supplied by campaign)
Walk-out song: Dessa, “The Bullpen”
Playlist includes: Jill Scott, “Golden,” Carly Rae Jepsen, “Cut to the Feeling,” Bob Dylan, “The Times They Are a-Changin'” and Prince, “Purple Rain.”
Beto O’Rourke
(former U.S. Representative from Texas)
Walk-out song: “Clampdown,” The Clash
Tim Ryan
Walk-out music: “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X
Bernie Sanders
Walk-out song: “Power to the People,” John Lennon
Eric Swalwell
Walk-out music: “Caught up in the Country,” Rodney Atkins
Elizabeth Warren
(U.S. Senator from Massachusetts)
Walk-out music: “9 to 5,” Dolly Parton (Parton has asked her to stop playing the song)
Marianne Williamson
Walk-out music: “Higher Ground,” Stevie Wonder
Andrew Yang
(entrepreneur, Venture for America founder; playlist supplied by campaign)
Walk-out song: Drake, “Started From the Bottom”; “Return of the Mack,” Mark Morrison

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