5 Songs For Election Day

It’s election day tomorrow, which means that the nation will finally all come together and breathe a sigh of relief that the campaigning is over. I enjoy my politics-fix as much as the next junky, but let’s get this bitch done.

Whoever wins, some people will be elated, and some will be heartbroken (and most will just be relieved). Treat your fellow citizens with respect, no matter what side of the line they fall on.

In honor of the momentous day, I’ve crafted a short playlist of election-themed songs. No, there’s no “God Bless America” or “Born in the U.S.A.” on here. These songs are all about what the election is really about: Lies and broken promises. Enjoy.

The National – “Mr. November”

A song written about Bush Jr., really aren’t we all just hoping for a president who “won’t fuck us over?”

Death Cab For Cutie – “President of What?”

Not really sure this song has anything to do with elections, but it’s got ‘President’ in the title, and like most of Death Cab’s early stuff, the subject is just ambiguous enough to be about almost anything. And besides, the refrain “Something’s got to break you down,” could very well be the exclamation of an exasperated candidate at an undecided voter. I mean, seriously, it’s election day, and the ads still haven’t convinced you?

The Decemberists – 16 Military Wives

Another song about Bush (he wasn’t a popular president in the indie music-verse), this song is not only about a president’s abuse of power and warmongering, but its Rushmore-aping video is all about elections (though, school ones). The catchiest song about a meaningless war you’ll hear all week.

Radiohead – “Electioneering”

No modern band has a more cynical outlook of politicians then Radiohead, and this straight rocker from their masterpiece, OK Computer, is them at their most acerbic. While they’ve criticized specific politicians both in and out of their music, this song is more broadly critical of the whole rigamarole. “When I go forwards, you go backwards,” indeed.

Geto Boys – Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta

What else needs to be said?