Donald Trump’s Favorite Song (and the Surprising Music He Also Loves)
From sports to art to musicianship, the presidents of the past have had some impressive talents — and it’s even more interesting when you learn what types of media they love to consume in their down time. And while your newsfeed is stocked with information regarding what’s going on with the government, it’s easy to forget that even the president takes time to listen to music. While there have been plenty of artists who’ve told Donald Trump to stop using their music to promote his campaign in the past, he still has favorites he’ll seemingly stand by forever.
What are Trump’s favorite bands — and most importantly — what’s his go-to song of choice? Here are the answers.
Trump adores classic rock and well-established singers
As many other baby boomers from his generation, Trump’s all about the classic rock hits that came out when he was in his 20s. We imagine certain hits have that nostalgia factor that he loves. As for specific bands, Business Insider notes Trump is definitely a fan of Neil Young. He even once said, “I’ve listened to his music for years. … His voice is perfect and haunting.”
As for other classic rock hits, Trump has definitely proven he’s more of a Rolling Stones fan than a Beatles follower. At some of his campaigns he’s played notable classics like “Start Me Up” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”
Queen, Elton John, and Twisted Sister also make the cut for Trump, and Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” quickly became Trump’s rally song of choice. Unfortunately, the band rescinded their agreement for Trump to use the song after lead singer, Dee Snider, said he couldn’t get behind many of Trump’s political statements.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Trump has also noted his love for classic singers who aren’t a part of the rock scene. Tony Bennett is another favorite.
He’s also a fan of certain reggae hits and rappers
Just because Trump’s a boomer doesn’t mean he’s stuck in the past. The BBC notes the president is a surprisingly big fan of Eminem — though the rapper doesn’t share the same affection. In fact, Eminem even verbally attacked his Trump-supporting fan base.
The BBC also notes that Trump has mentioned in the past how much he appreciates reggae music. In Think Like a Billionaire, his book released back in 2004, Trump notes he heard the band Toots & The Maytals practicing for Saturday Night Live. “They sounded terrific, and I went out to listen to them for a while,” he says in the book. “My daughter Ivanka had told me how great they were, and she was right.”
The song he can’t live without
You’d never guess Trump’s favorite song by his other musical choices, but he’s divulged in the past that “Is That All There Is?” by Peggy Lee is his top song of choice, Lost At E Minor notes.
The publication notes the song’s an interesting choice for Trump when the lyrics are considered. Lee describes watching a house burn down and then turning to alcohol afterward. As for why Trump likes it, he’s said, “It’s a great song because I’ve had these tremendous successes and then I’m off to the next one. … That’s a great song actually, that’s a very interesting song, especially sung by her, because she had such a troubled life.”
Musicians have been totally divided on his presidency
It seems many of Trump’s musical interests haven’t returned the love back. As stated before, Eminem has called out the president and his followers before — and he certainly lost plenty of fans in the process. The Rolling Stones have also asked Trump to stop playing their music at his rallies and campaigns, no matter how much of a fan he is.
As for other bands who are deeply against Trump, R.E.M, Shakira, Madonna, Neil Young, Cher, and Bruce Springsteen have all spoken out against him and his policies.
There are several musicians who have favored the president, however. Kanye West is well-known for speaking in favor of Trump. Kid Rock, Azealia Banks, and Aaron Carter have also noted their fondness for him.
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