Well, this election has truly been a shitstorm. And every storm needs its own soundtrack, right? How does it sound when the first female presidential nominee of a major party goes head-to-head against the first anthropomorphized Cheeto to run for office? Well, there’s a lot of anger and sadness. Here’s a mixture of political songs both old and new to help you count down until Doomsda… errrr… Election Day. Don’t forget: VOTE NOVEMBER 8TH!
Note from the writer: This is a very, very biased article. If you’re a Trump supporter… I’m sorry…ish… Oh wait. Nope. Not at all.
Death Cab for Cutie – “Million Dollar Loan”
When I first heard that Death Cab for Cutie had contributed a song to Dave Eggers’ 30 Days 30 Songs anti-Trump series, I thought that no band could capture our country’s (mostly) collective sadness at the prospect of having an orange whoopee cushion as president than the band who brought us Transatlanticism. But what I anticipated to be the sound of wallowing turned out to be a surprisingly upbeat, biting satire of Trump’s rise to “the top” in “the business world.” Did I use too many quotations marks? Nah.
Le Tigre – “I’m With Her”
This election is so important that Le Tigre broke their decade-long silence to release this song in support of HRC. Bless you, Kathleen Hanna.
Bright Eyes – “Land Locked Blues”
You can guess where I’m going with this. Shout out to all my “shrill” ladies.
Sleater-Kinney – “Bury Our Friends”
Carrie Brownstein and co. has always been my band of choice to express my frustration with the world. The line, “we’re wild and weary but we won’t give in, ” might as well be my mantra until after Nov. 8.
David Bowie – “I’m Afraid of Americans”
Me too, Bowie. Me too.
Muse – “Map of the Problematique”
Why yes. I am your friend who likes Muse for some reason (up through The Resistance—I’m not insane). I blame finding my mom’s Queen records in the attic when I was 14. In any case, the British trio has been extremely vocal about American politics since the W. years. 2006’s Black Holes and Revelations was 90% a criticism of the Bush-era political landscape and the Iraq War, and most of it remains relevant today. At the very least, you can enjoy the Depeche Mode-inspired electronic sounds while you try to dance all your worries away.
Nice As Fuck – “Guns”
A smooth electronic song from Jenny Lewis’s super group with Erika Forster (Au Revoir Simone) and Tennessee Thomas (The Like) that mentions both gun control and Isis. This much danceability while talking about gun control? Pretty impressive.
Bruce Springsteen – “Born in the U.S.A.”
It’s not a playlist about American politics without Bruce. Bruuuuuuce. Probably the single most misused song in the history of political campaigning.