Feel the music

Hillary keeps it very current with 14 songs on official campaign playlist

How does it compare to President Obama’s winning 2012 campaign playlist?

Hillary Clinton groovin'.(JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

In her report on Hillary Clinton’s speech on Saturday, Molly Ball, writing for The Atlantic, quotes an attendee complaining that Clinton “lacked energy.”

That criticism could not be leveled at the Spotify playlist Clinton released in advance of her campaign launch rally on New York’s Roosevelt Island. “The Official Hillary 2016 Playlist” is dominated by peppy top-40 hits like Katy Perry’s “Roar,” Pharrell’s “Happy” and Sara Bareilles’ “Brave.”

With the exception of Jennifer Lopez’s 1999 anthem “Let’s Get Loud,” every track on the 14-song playlist was released in the past four years: It seems calibrated to appeal to millennial voters (though Katy Perry’s most enthusiastic fans might not be old enough vote). She’s included one song in Spanish, Marc Anthony’s “Vivir Mi Vida.” The only group to make the list more than once — with “Believer” and “Best Day of My Life” — is New York-based rock group American Authors. Not every artist on the list, though, is American; she included the 2014 single “Pumpin Blood” by Swedish trio NONONO.

At a glance, it doesn’t appear that the Clinton campaign took any notes from the winning 2012 Spotify playlist put together by the Obama campaign. Obama’s list, which was curated by himself and campaign staffers, included some current pop tunes, but was also careful to include classics like Bruce Springsteen’s “We Take Care of Our Own,” and Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” which underscored a central campaign message. And, he went a little country with a pair of songs by crossover extraordinaire Darius Rucker, “This” and “Learn to Live.”

Granted, mostly younger people use Spotify, but this could have been a good opportunity for Hillary to take some risks. I’d rather hear Helen Reddy’s 1971 classic “I Am Woman” (“I am woman, hear me roar/In numbers too big to ignore”) than Katy Perry’s “Roar” (“I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar”). And I’m a millennial. Then again, maybe eschewing anything older than 1999 is her idea of taking a risk.

Hillary’s complete 2016 Spotify playlist:

1. American Authors – “Believe”
2. Gym Class Heroes – “The Fighter (ft. Ryan Tedder)”
3. Katy Perry – “Roar”
4. Ariana Grande – “Break Free (ft. Zedd)”
5. Kelly Clarkson – “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)”
6. American Authors – “Best Day of My Life”
7. Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
8. Jennifer Lopez – “Let’s Get Loud”
9. NONONO – “Pumpin’ Blood”
10. John Legend & The Roots – “Wake Up Everybody (ft. Common and Melanie Fiona)”
11. Sara Bareilles – “Brave”
12. Kris Allen – “Fighters”
13. Jon Bon Jovi – “Beautiful Day”
14. Marc Anthony – “Vivir Mi Vida”


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