Over the years, many politicians have been guilty of using popular songs during campaign runs without first getting consent from the artist who sang it, which eventually ends in a cease and desist or in some cases, a big fat lawsuit from the artist.
With the Republican primary in full swing, the latest artist to ban her music from political campaigns is ’80s pop star [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Cyndi Lauper[/lastfm], who found out her song “True Colors” was being used in an attack ad against hopeful Mitt Romney.
Take a look at the artists who stopped politicians from using their music in campaigns in the top ten songs banned from political campaigns.
10. “True Colors” — Cyndi Lauper
The latest artist to pull her song “True Colors” from an attack ad on Republican hopeful, Mitt Romney. She told fans on her Twitter page, “Got a phone call saying my version of ‘True Colors’ was used in commercial trashing Romney. 1st, I never approved it. Not that I am a supporter, I’m not. But I wouldn’t have wanted that song to be used in that way. Whoever used my song should have asked, and 2nd, realized that Mr Romney can discredit himself without the use of my work.” [NME]
9. “Take A Chance On Me” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]ABBA[/lastfm]
In 2008, John McCain took a chance and used this Swedish pop group’s hit “Take A Chance On Me,” which they objected to and asked him to stop using.
8. “Running On Empty” – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jackson Browne[/lastfm]
An ad from John McCain’s campaign in 2008 was pulled after Jackson Browne complained his hit “Running On Empty” was used to attack Barrack Obama. McCain later issued an apology to the singer.
7. “Barracuda” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Heart[/lastfm]
Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin used this edgy hit preceding her speech at the Republican National Convention in 2008, but the Wilson sisters objected with Ann telling Entertainment Weekly her “views and values in no way represent us as American women.”
6. “Brand New Day” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sting [/lastfm]
It seems as though no musician wanted to support George W. Bush during his campaign trail, with several artists asking Bush to stop using their songs, including Police frontman Sting. He later gave his support to Al Gore during the race in 2000.
5. “Still The One” – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Orleans[/lastfm]
Same offender, different year. Singer John Hall banned George W. Bush from using the group’s hit “Still The One” during his campaign in 2004. Two years later, Hall even became a Democratic congressman from New York.
4. “Soul Man” – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sam And Dave[/lastfm]
Even though singer Sam Moore altered the lyrics to “Dole Man” for Bob Dole in 1996, the publishers of the song objected and had the song pulled from being used.
3. “Born In The U.S.A.” – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bruce Springsteen[/lastfm]
Ronald Regan may have missed the fact that Bruce Springsteen’s rock anthem “Born In The U.S.A.” is actually an anti-war song against the government, which The Boss didn’t give permission for him to use.
2. ”More Than A Feeling” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Boston[/lastfm]
At first, Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee got former Boston member Barry Goudreau to sing “More Than A Feeling” with him on the campaign trail in 2008, but bandmate Tom Scholz protested and asked the song to be dropped as his theme.
1. “I Won’t Back Down” – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Tom Petty[/lastfm]
Tom Petty threatened to sue then governor George W. Bush if he didn’t stop using his hit on the campaign trail. Then just minutes after Al Gore conceded from the race, Petty performed the song at Gore’s house, backed by none other than his wife Tipper on drums.