Politicians Cast Their Musical Vote

From the Beatles and Dvořák to Maroon 5 and Pitbull, find out how lawmakers are reforming their playlists
  • Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)
  • Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.)
  • Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.)
  • Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.)
  • Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
  • Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.)
November 01, 2012 -- 1:32 pm PDT

The federal budget, education, taxes, health care. These important issues and more will bring millions of Americans to polling booths on Election Day.

As you'll read throughout our latest issue of GRAMMY magazine, music is a crucial consideration for any party, whether it's a campaign song or a performer at an inaugural ball. But in the privacy of their own offices, what are our nation's political leaders listening to?

In a bid to find out, we've asked some lawmakers on Capitol Hill to provide their most recent playlist of favorites. As you’ll see, the musical tastes are as wide as, well, the space between the aisles in the halls of Congress, spanning symphonies, classic rock and Latin hip-hop to Americana and current pop hits. Who knows, the last important piece of legislation in your state may have been, fittingly, signed to the tune of "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)
The Oak Ridge Boys, "American Made"
Lee Greenwood, "God Bless The USA"
Big & Rich, "That's Why I Pray"
Randy Travis, "The Hole"
Toby Keith, "American Soldier"

Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.)
John Mellencamp, "Don't Need This Body"
Rusted Root, "Tree"
Dvořák, Symphony No. 9 (New World Symphony)
The SteelDrivers, "Angel Of The Night"
Jimmy Page And Robert Plant, "Wah Wah"
Bonus Track: Grateful Dead, "Bertha"

Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.)
Elvis Costello, "Alison"
Elvis Costello, "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding?"
Maroon 5, "Payphone"
Mumford & Sons, "The Cave"
Bruce Springsteen, "Wrecking Ball"

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.)
Simon & Garfunkel, "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
Johnny Cash, "I Walk The Line"
John Denver, "Take Me Home, Country Roads"
The Beatles, "Yesterday"
The Statler Brothers, "Do You Remember These"

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
Grateful Dead, "Black Muddy River" 
Harry Chapin, "A Better Place To Be"
Emmylou Harris, "Bang The Drum Slowly"
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, "Tiny Light"
Steve Earle, "Me And The Eagle"
Bonus Track: U2, "Beautiful Day"
Bonus Track: Johnny Cash, "Sunday Morning Coming Down"

Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.)
Neon Trees, "Everybody Talks"
Pink, "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)"
Pitbull Featuring Shakira, "Get It Started"
Jessie J Featuring B.o.B, "Price Tag"
Matchbox Twenty, "She's So Mean"

Who do you think has the best playlist? Cast your vote by leaving us a comment below.

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