When you’re one of the oldest candidates in the Presidential race, you have to find a way to appeal to a younger crowd. Barack Obama was only 46 when he entered the race for President back in 2007.

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, is 67. 

It wasn’t much of a surprise to see her invoke a 50 year old song during her campaign event on Saturday. It backfired on her—the Rubio team quickly responded.

Considering that, it was rather odd to see the list of songs her campaign chose to be on the Hillary 2016 Spotify Playlist:

It appears that Hillary Clinton is riding the streaming music wave.

Her campaign released her official 2016 Spotify playlist Saturday morning ahead of her first major rally in New York — and they’re lively tunes containing themes of positivity and resiliency.

None of the 14 songs on the 67-year-old candidate’s playlist was released before 1999, and the list includes popular female artists such as Sara Bareilles, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry and Ariana Grande.

Ironic isn’t it? She should have had Alanis Morissette on the list.

There’s really nothing wrong with a candidate doing something like this, but there’s several reasons that this kind of pandering by a politician is the worst kind.

  • Does anybody really believe Hillary listens to any of these songs? I have a far easier time believing Hillary listens to The Beatles than to Katy Perry and Ariana Grande.
  • The songs were more obviously chosen for the titles as opposed to any lyrical content. Titles such as “Brave”, “Fighter” and “Roar” have closely aligned themes.
  • The artists read like a who’s who of Democrat supporters – Perry, Kelly Clarkson and Jon Bon Jovi are all Democratic supporters. Why choose ‘Beautiful Day’, an obscure track from the ‘Finding Neverland’ soundtrack, as opposed to the widely recognizable ‘Beautiful Day’ by U2? Because Bono has had kind words to say about people like George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. (Besides, if she’s going with Bon Jovi, ‘Just Older’ would be a much better fit.

However, one of the more delicious ironies of the songs Hillary chose are how many of them are being used for the very corporations she has been bashing:

Clinton’s playlist, by contrast, is much more … commercial. Many of the songs were clearly picked for the messages in their titles: “Best Day Of My Life,” “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” “Brave,” “Believer,” “The Fighter,” and “Happy (From ‘Despicable Me 2′).” But most also share another link: They are deeply embedded in your brain thanks to their use in major commercial campaigns.

Like Katy Perry’s “Roar,” which Walmart featured.

Or “Best Day Of My Life,” which was in a Lowe’s spot.

Or “Pumpin’ Blood,” which Garnier uses.

Or the unavoidable “Brave,” which closes out every Microsoft spot.

Then there are the songs from Target (bonus: Spanish language!), Fiat and Toyota spots.


The playlist in the end is not going to make much of a difference as to whether or not Hillary gets the nomination or wins the Presidency. Still, it’s one of those small things that helps to define a candidate, and this one just reeks of phoniness.