The 10 Most Ridiculous Campaign Songs

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Most Ridiculous Presidential Campaign Songs

Editor’s Note: This list originally ran in 2012, but with the election ramping up with Rand Paul and Hilary Clinton announcing their candidacy this week, we thought it would be a good time to remind our candidates which sort of songs to avoid when choosing your election anthem.

The first Presidential debate of 2012 was last night, which seemed to us like perfect timing to take a serious (and not-so-serious) look at the choice of campaign songs over our proud American history. What we found was plenty of choices not to be so proud of, with a lot of songs standing out as completely perplexing. While every step made and word said is carefully planned in presidential campaigns, it’s surprising how ridiculous and flat-out confusing so many campaign song choices are. So without further ado, here are ten most ridiculous campaign songs in U.S. History.
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Top Ten Thursday: Best Super Bowl Halftime Shows

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Super Bowl halftime shows have had a pretty wide range over the years; starting out with mostly college marching bands and currently sometimes ending up in huge controversy (like the above or M.I.A. last year).  For the past twenty years or so, though, the halftime show has settled into two categories for the most part:  aging rock star or in-the-moment pop sensations.  There just hasn’t been a lot of imagination.  I truly believe, and so do Todd and Wes deep down even though they won’t admit it, the combination of Aerosmith, N’Sync, and Nelly was pretty electric, and a legitimate combination of current and aging talents.  Alas, they didn’t make the list.  Neither did The Who (decrepit), Madonna (mummified), or the Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting combination (puzzling).  In fact, this list is not nearly as strong as we would have expected, so I ripped to some degree on several acts.  Enjoy, and as always let us know what you think in the comments.

10. 2006 – The Rolling Stones

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After the 2004 Janet Jackson debacle (blessing?), the NFL decided to trot out a lot of very “safe” acts for some time.  Hence, a bunch of old bags of bones (stones?) took the stage in 2006 and sounded much smaller than the event demands.  As a consolation, the stage is phenomenal, and Keith Richards puppet-master continues to get paid for his superb work.
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Weak List Wednesday: The Top 5 Biggest Disappointments of 2012

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So here we are, with our newest and shortest “End of 2012” list. A list of what we at LxL consider to be the biggest musical disappointments, let-downs, blunders, and missteps of 2012. With all the goodness that resided in the world of music in 2012 (which we will get to later, in the next few weeks), there was also a fair amount of disappointment. For this list we really pulled at what killed our expectations this past year. Yes, Lana Del Rey didn’t fully live up to what we expected, but she still had a few good tunes and looked amazing throughout the year.

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Yes, the Divine Fits weren’t as good as either Spoon nor Wolf Parade, but then again, how rare is it that a supergroup live up to the expectation anyways? You see, for this list, we chose what really cut us deep. Those artists or albums that we really thought were going to help define the year in music, or dig an artist out of the trenches, but instead fell totally flat. That is what this “Weak List” is really made up of … weakness. If you’d like to get a bit of a more in-depth analysis these blunders, each “disappointment” is linked with our review or write-up explaining exactly why the artist, album, or show didn’t live up to our expectations. Now, onto the list:
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In Defense of: Kid Rock (and Rebel Soul Mini-Review).

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I’m gonna start out this post with a retort concerning Wes’ Kid Rock bashing post a week ago, “The Real Reason for Detroit’s Recession”.  The premise of Wes’ article illuminated us to the fact that Detroit has created numerous great artists, and lambasts the decision to allow Kid Rock to perform the half-time show for the Thanksgiving game.  Wes even goes on to say calling Kid Rock the “Son of Detroit” is “sad”.
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The Real Reason for Detroit’s Recession

Kid Rock, Son of Detroit, ruining Thanksgiving at the Detroit Lions Halftime Show

Yes, I realize this headline is probably a bit misleading and a bit offensive for the people of Michigan, but I don’t care.
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Top Ten Thursday: Ridiculous Campaign Songs

Most Ridiculous Presidential Campaign Songs

The first Presidential debate of 2012 was last night, which seemed to us like perfect timing to take a serious (and not-so-serious) look at the choice of campaign songs over our proud American history. What we found was plenty of choices not to be so proud of, with a lot of songs standing out as completely perplexing. While every step made and word said is carefully planned in presidential campaigns, it’s surprising how ridiculous and flat-out confusing so many campaign song choices are. So without further ado, here are ten most ridiculous campaign songs in U.S. History.
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Bruce Springsteen “Rocky Ground” Review

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So I thought about giving a full on album review for the new Springsteen album Wrecking Ball, but I had two issues with that idea; one, the album isn’t overly interesting to write about and two, I was a bit short on time. Instead I’ve decided to review what I would consider a real oddball of track on Wrecking Ball in “Rocky Ground”.
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