Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Send us a song...
Like you, we're huge Celine Dion fans. That goes without saying.

We were bummed to hear Hillary Clinton had picked "You and I" as her theme song, because we had been talking about using it as our theme for 360's presidential race coverage.

So in true Celine Dion fashion, we've picked ourselves up by our bootstraps and are heading back to the drawing board, but we need your help.

So search your CD collection. Scan your iPod. Dust off those LP's if you still got them.

Use the comment option to send us your suggestions for our political coverage theme song. We'll choose the winner in a few weeks.

Some ground rules first:
1) No entries from Journey, Leo Sayer, or Sheena Easton will be considered. Ok, maybe Leo Sayer.
2) Please avoid submitting songs with explicit lyrics. Our bosses will get upset.
3) It has to have a good beat and you can dance to it. Or not.

We'll keep you posted on the ideas we like, and the ones that, well, we don't.

Thanks. And hey, keep on rockin'.

-- By Anderson Cooper
Posted By CNN: 8:08 PM ET
  589 Comments
Dear Anderson,

Maybe it is a little cynical, but for some reason or another that "CSI:Miami" theme song "Won't Get Fooled Again" keeps running through my head!! It's kind of old, but it sure seems to say it all!

Thanks for the fun blog!

Jo Ann
Posted By Jo Ann Matese, North Royalton, Ohio : 8:59 PM ET
oh so many choices......well my top 3 of the top of my head

1. American Idiot - Green Day
2. Freedom of Choice - Devo
3. Ironic - Alanis Morrissette

This was a hard one Anderson......but fun :P

WIll we get to vote on like the top 3 choices.......I want to vote on something in this election!!!!

PS - two blogs in one day....AWESOME!!!!!!
Posted By Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canda : 9:12 PM ET
Well with Journey off the table I'll have to struggle a bit but I'll give it a go. :)

A bit obvious I know, but my first thought is:
Policy of Truth by Depeche Mode.

I'll look through my LPs (yep, still got em) and try to top it. A fun assignment for a long time music buff. Hope you get some great ideas.
Posted By Jennifer, Washington DC : 9:17 PM ET
Hi Anderson,

A song that comes to mind when I think of the current world conditions and the upcoming election is Lou Reed's "Strawman".

Here are the lyrics:

We who have so much to you who have so little
to you who don't have anything at all
We who have so much more than any one man does need
and you who don't have anything at all, ah
Does anybody need another million dollar movie
does anybody need another million dollar star
Does anybody need to be told over and over
spitting in the wind comes back at you twice as hard

Strawman, going straight to the devil
Strawman, going straight to hell
Strawman, going straight to the devil
Strawman, Strawman
Strawman, Strawman, yes

Does anyone really need a billion dollar rocket
does anyone need a $60,000 car
Does anyone need another President
or the sins of Swaggart parts 6, 7, 8, and 9, ah
Does anyone need another politician
caught with his pants down money sticking in his hole
Does anyone need another racist preacher
spittin' in the wind can only do you harm, wow

Strawman, going straight to the devil
Strawman, going straight to hell
Strawman, going straight to the devil
Strawman, Strawman
Strawman, Strawman

Does anyone need another faulty shuttle
blasting off to the Moon, Venus or Mars
Does anyone need another self-righteous rock and roll singer
whose nose he says has led him straight to God
Does anyone need yet another blank skyscraper
If you're like me I'm sure a minor miracle will do
A flaming sword or maybe a gold ark floating up the Hudson
When you spit in the wind it comes right back at you

Strawman, going straight to the devil
Strawman, going straight to hell
Strawman, going straight to the devil
Strawman, Strawman, Strawman
Strawman, Strawman
Posted By Joseph Kowalski, North Huntingdon, PA : 9:20 PM ET
Hey! Mr. Anderson Cooper here's my suggestion. hope your boss will like it. goodluck!



SCISSOR SISTERS LYRICS

I Don't Feel Like Dancin'


Wake up in the morning with a head like 'what ya done?'
This used to be the life but I don't need another one.
Good luck cuttin' nothin', carrying on, you wear them gowns.
So how come I feel so lonely when you're up getting down?

So I play along when I hear that favourite song
I'm gonna be the one who gets it right.
You better know when you're swingin' round the room
Look's like magic's solely yours tonight

But I don't feel like dancin'
When the old Joanna plays
My heart could take a chance
But my two feet can't find a way
You think that I could muster up a little soft, shoop devil sway
But I don't feel like dancin'
No sir, no dancin' today.

Don't feel like dancin', dancin'
Even if i find nothin' better to do
Don't feel like dancin', dancin'
Why'd you break down when I'm not in the mood?
Don't feel like dancin', dancin'
Rather be home with no one when I can't get down with you

Cities come and cities go just like the old empires
When all you do is change your clothes and call that versatile.
You got so many colours make a blind man so confused.
Then why can't I keep up when you're the only thing I lose?

So I'll just pretend that I know which way to bend
And I'm gonna tell the whole world that you're mine.
Just please understand, when I see you clap your hands
If you stick around I'm sure that you'll be fine.

But I don't feel like dancin'
When the old Joanna plays
My heart could take a chance
But my two feet can't find a way
You think that I could muster up a little soft, shoop devil sway
But I don't feel like dancin'
No sir, no dancin' today.

Don't feel like dancin', dancin'
Even if i find nothin' better to do
Don't feel like dancin', dancin'
Why'd you break down when I'm not in the mood?
Don't feel like dancin', dancin'
Rather be home with no one when I can't get down with you

You can't make me dance around
But your two-step makes my chest pound.
Just lay me down as you blow it away into the shimmer light.

But I don't feel like dancin'
When the old Joanna plays
My heart could take a chance
But my two feet can't find a way
You think that I could muster up a little soft, shoop devil sway
But I don't feel like dancin'
No sir, no dancin' today.

Don't feel like dancin', dancin'
Even if i find nothin' better to do
Don't feel like dancin', dancin'
Why'd you break down when I'm not in the mood?
Don't feel like dancin', dancin'
Rather be home with no one when I can't get down with you
Posted By Jemillex Bacerdo Chicago, IL. : 9:21 PM ET
Anderson,

Waiting on the World to Change by John Mayer is a great song for the campaign coverage. The beat is good and the lyrics are poignant.

Thanks for getting us involved!
Posted By Annette LaCanna, Alpha NJ : 9:22 PM ET
OMG...You are so dang crazy Coop! I could hardly read from laughing! What do you mean no Journey....And you mean we have to keep it clean! LOL AAAWW MAN!! There goes my song....LOL

OK well how about Lyin' Eyes by the Eagles we all know all of the candidates will be trying to hide something! LOL NO..NO how about for the CNN crew who have to put up with this mess...We Are Family....LOL...Ok I'm getting crazy myself! I'll have to get back with ya!! LOL

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Cindy : 9:23 PM ET
Hi Anderson, I may thought of a song if is not it I may give you another one. How about Huey Lewis And The News, The song The Heart Of Rock And Roll.

You did want something to rock right?

From Jennifer - In Anderson, South Carolina.
Posted By Anonymous : 9:25 PM ET
I suggest "The Dictator" by The Clash! Nobody will forget that.
Suzanne, Detroit, MI
Posted By Suzanne, Detroit, MI : 9:47 PM ET
How about Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now by Jefferson Starship.
Posted By Marcia, Warren Mi : 9:52 PM ET
Chuck Berry's "Too Much Monkey Business" -- you can use it over & over again for every political campaign & it will always apply.
Posted By Mac, San Jose, Calif : 9:57 PM ET
Hmmmm,

I don't think this would be politically correct for CNN but my thoughts run to "Give Peace A Chance" by John Lennon.

Seriously, perhaps something more classic like "The Best is Yet to Come" or "The Good Life" would work.
Posted By Sandra Street, of Seattle : 9:58 PM ET
hey again Mr. Anderson Cooper here's another one but it sounds cheesy too I don't know if you know this song.
well I'm just trying to help LOL!

Musical: Rent
Song: Seasons Of Love


COMPANY
525,600 minutes, 525,000 moments so dear.
525,600 minutes - how do you measure, measure a year?
In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee.
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife.
In 525,600 minutes - how do you measure a year in the life?
How about love? How about love? How about love? Measure in love.
Seasons of love.

SOLOIST 1
525,600 minutes! 525,000 journeys to plan.
525,600 minutes - how can you measure the life of a woman or man?

SOLOIST 2
In truths that she learned, or in times that he cried.
In bridges he burned, or the way that she died.

COMPANY
It's time now to sing out,
tho the story never ends let's celebrate remember a year in the life of friends.
Remember the love!
Remember the love! Remember the love!
Measure in love.
Seasons of love! Seasons of love.
Posted By Jemillex Bacerdo Chicago, IL. : 9:58 PM ET
I DO hope the beginning of your post is dripping with as much sarcasm as I think it is..

Land of Confusion, Genesis (or Disturbed, either version works).
Posted By BJ, Bangor, ME : 10:01 PM ET
How about "Another Bites the Dust" by Queen?

Vinyl, who is still spinning records? Cooper, don't tell me you still have 8 Track tapes and cassettes? And people say New Yorkers are so savvy.
Posted By Renee Bradenton, FL : 10:12 PM ET
Dear Anderson,

I'm partial to the old school songs and love John Lennon's "Power to the People". He was so revolutionary. How much better can you get than that?!
Posted By Karen Tipton, Abbeville,Al. : 10:13 PM ET
Anderson,

I would choose "Do the Evolution" by Pearl Jam. Something different. It covers everything from war to the environment to faith. It rocks but it is a tad too cynical.

Have fun and rock on!
Posted By Kay Temple, TX : 10:35 PM ET
Hey Anderson,

Great "political" blog!! So many songs, so little time.. Hmm..how about Scissor Sister's "Take your Mama"? Oh, sorry, that would be a Bill Clinton song. How about Green Day's "American Idiot"? Sorry again, that would apply to many of those running individually...Ok, how about Abba's "Take A Chance on Me"?? After all, we are all taking a chance on voting for one of these candidates in the running!

Thanks!!
P.S. Yes, platform shoes would be required in conjunction with the Abba song!
Posted By SP, Villa Hills, KY : 10:36 PM ET
Ha, very crafty Anderson! How about the Smash Mouth version of "I'm a Believer" (not the Monkee's version!).

Great summer pick-me-up for your blog, thanks!
Posted By Kelly Breuer, San Francisco, CA : 10:43 PM ET
"I'd Love to Change the World" by Ten Years After has got dynamics- both the cool, searing guitar runs that you can use as bump music, and the "summer of love" vocal sound. You can bop along to the ending guitar solo, too. The lyrics aren't Democrat vs. Republican, and it's not against the "present administration", but vaguely about "change" in general. And, the singer takes it up a notch at the end, if you need something more heavy.
Posted By xtina - chicago IL : 11:01 PM ET
Hey Anderson,
Sing, sing a song, sing out loud, sing out strong. . YES, OK~ this could be fun!
First I thought of Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion singing "My Prayer" but nah, too religious, Then I thought of "Freedom of Choice" by Devo. That might be a good one with a good dance beat.
Or, If you want to talk immigration what about "That's Why God Made Mexico" by Tim McGraw?
Maybe "Land of A Thousand Words" by the Scissor Sisters, no, too slow.
Um, "Turn The Beat Around" Gloria Estefan. Nope, to loopish.
I'VE GOT IT! "WATING FOR THE WORLD TO CHANGE" BY JOHN MAYER!
Yes!!!
Posted By Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX : 11:10 PM ET
Hey Anderson,
Being from the same province as Celine and having been a fan since her start at 12 years old,it's odd to see her song linked to a US presidential race,but hey,she's universal now!
So,if I follow your ground rules I guess that "Filthy/gorgeous" from Scissor Sisters is out of the question?!? And also "The world needs a drink" from Terri Clark.
There's another song from Celine Dion for you: "Rain,tax(it's inevitable)". LOL
Ok,now,some serious choices:
"There's gotta be a change" from Jonny Lang.
""Get up"from Doc Walker(could incite the viewers to "get up and go vote!".
"Me and my gang" from Rascal Flatts(they name a few States in there,and it's upbeat).
That's gonna be fun to revisit our music collections.
Oh,Anderson,will your team and YOU be providing the dancing....or Not?!?!??!
Joanne R.
Laval Quebec
Posted By Joanne R.Laval Quebec : 11:28 PM ET
Hey Anderson! I think a great song would be "World hold on" by Bob Sinclair. This song always makes me whistle and move my head to it. Good luck choosing a song.
Posted By Nallely Castillo, Miami, Florida : 11:47 PM ET
Queen "Another one bites the dust" because most candidates will be falling off like flies.

The other suggestion is Green Day "American Idiot", perfect lyrics for these perfect times, except for the "F" bomb that will need to be bleeped out. So fitting.
Posted By Amanda White from Northborough, Taxachusetts : 11:48 PM ET
Pink Floyd's 'Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict'
Posted By Arachnae, Sterling VA : 11:50 PM ET
How about "Working Class Hero" by John Lennon, it's a great song with great lyrics. Go Hilary!!!!!
Posted By Emily Casper,Wyoming : 12:00 AM ET
Marvin Gaye's "What's Going ON seems most appropiate considering the nations problems.
Posted By D Cosby : 12:02 AM ET
I thought this through very carefully and think the perfect song would be John Denver's Rhymes and Reasons. Why?How can you beat lines like this;

For the children and the flowers are my sisters and my brothers. Their laughter and their loveliness can clear a cloudy day and the song that I am singing is a prayer to non believers come and stand beside us we can find a better way.

Corny yes, but couldn't find any Scissor Sisters that was appropriate.
Posted By Marcia, Warren MI : 12:02 AM ET
Anderson,

How about "I'm With Stupid" by the Pet Shop Boys. This should account for many of the politicians, celebrities, and especially celebutants that are a staple of the news.

Ken
Posted By Kenneth Armstrong, Spring, TX : 12:15 AM ET
Anderson,
I am a huge fan of a band called Our Lady Peace. They actually have 2 terrific songs on their album Healthy in Paranoid Times. The first is not as up beat, but has memorable lyrics....Wipe That Smile Off You Face. The second is will The Future Blame Us.
I am eager to see what it is that you choose.
Carrie
Posted By Carrie N. Dallas, TX : 12:19 AM ET
Hi Anderson,

Not sure the feel you're going for so here are some options . . .

Hip: You Get What You Give- New Radicals
Reggae: Keep'n It Real- Shaggy
Old School: Think- Aretha
A little Leo: You Make Me Feel Like Dancing

I also like Annette's pick of Waiting on the World to Change!
Posted By Joy Meredith, Chicago, IL : 12:31 AM ET
Hey Anderson,

I cannot decide between the following two:
1) "Walk On" by U2
2) "Beautiful Day" by U2

I think both songs speak to the soldiers as well as the immigrants, whose lives, as we all know, have changed tremendously, and also influenced us greatly.

Thanks,
Yong
Posted By Yong, Atlanta, GA : 12:37 AM ET
Oh, as much as I'd love to be a smart aleck and pick something by Roy Zimmerman, the first real idea that came to mind was "Eli's Coming" by Three Dog Night.

It's got a fantastic beat, very addictive, and the lyrics are nicely anticipatory (if that's even a word) and signal a sort of oncoming trouble.

If not that, maybe a slightly more obscure song: "Pale Horse" by John Vanderslice. Awesome riff and, oh, the whole song is a statement on change and revolution.

Good luck picking a song! Nothing too heavy, please.
Posted By Danielle Martino, Knob Noster, MO : 12:38 AM ET
Since politicians are fonder of talking about problems than they are of actually doing anything to solve them, I say this calls for something from the King:

"A Little Less Conversation"

And you can dance to it!
Posted By Stacy, St. Louis, MO : 12:50 AM ET
Dear Anderson,

I think it is a blessing in disguise that Sen. Clinton picked that song. I consider myself to be a pretty sensitive guy, but I think that Celine Dion's voice is the only one more irritating to men than Hillary Clinton's.

When most men think of Celine Dion, they think of Titanic, (which was an average to above average movie) the most overrated movie in the history of Hollywood (at least that I have seen). That being said, the sound of her songs makes me queasy. I'm not saying she has a bad voice, because I think she has a pretty good voice, just that her songs are generally lame.

As for Sen. Clinton, all politics aside, she has a very shrill voice, similar to Edith Bunker's. Whether you agree or disagree with her policies you have to admit that her voice is irritating.

As for songs, I would recommend "Land of Confusion" preferably the remake by Disturbed, but the original by Genesis would be good. I think with the out of control congress that has lost touch with the American people, this song fits for an election cycle.
Posted By Nestor, Austin, TX : 1:03 AM ET
I have three ideas depending on the message you're trying to send--"Ride of the Valkyries" by Wagner (in case you're all in need of inspiration before heading off into political battle), "Don't Look Back" by Boston (in case you need to be reminded we shouldn't be reminded of what we've endured for the last few years), or "Better Days" by the Goo Goo Dolls (in case you're looking at the elections as I am, a positive, hopeful start to something amazing for us as a nation). Best of luck to you all with this little project.
Posted By Tammy C., Berwick, LA : 1:14 AM ET
Well, since you are such a huge Celine Dion fan, how about "My Heart Will Go On." Never can get enough of that one!

Now, for myself, when I think of the presidency, a number of song titles spring to mind. Coincidentally, all of them happen to be by Fleetwood Mac:

1. Peacekeeper
2. What's The World Coming To
3. Never Going Back Again
4. What Makes You Think You're the One
5. I'm So Afraid!

Of course, when I think about the uneventful debates and primaries to come, the situation in Iraq, the problems unfolding in Iran, 2008 and perpetuity, I acknowledge that although I HOPE things will change, the probability is that they won't -- just like they didn't change when the Democrats took over Congress last year. So . . . I'd have to propose that Sonny Bono classic: The Beat Goes On.

Michele
Posted By Michele Jackson, Northridge, CA : 1:15 AM ET
Well, since you are such a huge Celine Dion fan, how about "My Heart Will Go On." Never can get enough of that one!

Now, for myself, when I think of the presidency, a number of song titles spring to mind. Coincidentally, all of them happen to be by Fleetwood Mac:

1. Peacekeeper
2. What's The World Coming To
3. Never Going Back Again
4. What Makes You Think You're the One
5. I'm So Afraid!

Of course, when I think about the uneventful debates and primaries to come, the situation in Iraq, the problems unfolding in Iran, 2008 and perpetuity, I acknowledge that although I HOPE things will change, the probability is that they won't -- just like they didn't change when the Democrats took over Congress last year. So . . . I'd have to propose that Sonny Bono classic: The Beat Goes On.

Michele
Posted By Michele Jackson, Northridge, CA : 1:16 AM ET
Anderson,

Hmmmm... Political coverage theme song... How About Don't Dream It's Over by Crowded House? Just kidding.

I scanned my massive iPod library and came up with the following songs which have appropriate lyrics, I think.

-Workin' Together by Ike and Tina Turner
-With a Little Help From My Friends by Joe Cocker
-Don't Give Up by Peter Gabriel
-Groovy Times by The Clash
-If I Can Dream by Elvis Presley

I've got the music in me,
Barbara, Los Angeles
Posted By Barbara, Los Angeles, CA : 1:18 AM ET
Anderson, Anderson.....I can take a joke, but really.....Celine Dion? Say it isn't so!

My suggestions - "Torture" or "Fight" by The Cure
"Straight to Hell" or "Know Your Rights" by The Clash

Is my cynicism obvious?
Posted By Barbara in Las Vegas, NV : 1:20 AM ET
How about "A little less conversation" (Elvis, the JXL 2002 dance remix).

Would love to hear that in the background at one of these debates... Could CNN do that next time Anderson? :)
Posted By Shehan Jayawardena, Middletown CT : 1:22 AM ET
Anderson,

What could be more perfect than "Promises Promises" by Naked Eyes!

Thanks for the cute blog and for asking for our help!

Monika
Posted By Monika, Eagar, Arizona : 1:23 AM ET
Hi Anderson,

Just a meaningful suggestion compared to my other ones which may come off as cynical. John Mayer, "Waiting on the world to change". And your personal theme song . . . Justin Timberlake's, "Sexy back" because you have Anderson, brought sexy back that is. Amanda in Mass. :)
Posted By Amanda from Northborough, Massachusetts : 1:24 AM ET
If you are serious about a song for CNN's 360's presidential race coverage, which I cannot believe you are...as you are being biased in your selection...why not Journey or Easton???? Am I missing something? I, for one will not enter into this biased song choice. Get real! Am I really suppose to care if your "bosses" get upset....I think not!
Posted By Moe, Liverpool NY : 1:25 AM ET
Given your recent reports on "earmarks" I would suggest Yo Lo Tengo's version of "I'm Your Puppet" but that's even too synical for a sceptic such as myself. More importantly, you can't dance to it! But seriously, how about "Power to the People" by the Blackeyed Peas.
Posted By E.M. SLC, Utah : 1:48 AM ET
Given your recent report on earmarks, I was thinking Yo Lo Tengo's version of "I'm Your Puppet" but that's even a bit synical for me..besides you can't dance to it! So how about "Power to the People" by the Blackeyed Peas.
Posted By E.M. SLC, Utah : 1:51 AM ET
I think Juicy by Better than Ezra would be a good song.
Posted By Ashley, Las Vegas, NV : 1:51 AM ET
I think a funny one to do would be "American Dream" by Switchfoot. :)
Posted By Rebekah Harrison, Tulsa, Oklahoma : 1:51 AM ET
How about "People Have the Power" by Patti Smith? Some sample lyrics:

The power to dream / to rule
To wrestle the world from fools
Its decreed the people rule
Its decreed the people rule
Listen
I believe everything we dream
Can come to pass through our union
We can turn the world around
We can turn the earths revolution
We have the power
People have the power ...

Posted By Fay, Vacaville, CA : 2:13 AM ET
I think Simon & Garfunkel's "The Boxer" would be a good choice. To save time you could just play the refrain, "Lie Lie Lie Lie Lie Lie Lie" over and over.
Posted By Stacie Poyner Corrales, NM : 2:50 AM ET
I think Kim Wilde's "Kids in America" is the rockin' choice you're looking for -- and double points if you can get Ryan Seacrest to reprise his dancing skills for an ad campaign! (Remember American Juniors? If not, here's a refresher!)
Posted By cassie t., auckland, new zealand : 2:58 AM ET
Well Anderson, I'm aware of your affinity for indie music, so my suggestion is "It Ended On An Oily Stage" by British Sea Power. It has a lively, optimistic sound that I think would work well for campaign coverage.

Have fun selecting!
-Andrew
Posted By andrew parker, stratford, connecticut : 3:11 AM ET
How's about 16 Military Wives by The decemberists ("and the anchorperson on TV goes La De Da De Da...")

Or, more reasonably: What's So Funny ('bout peace love and understanding) by Elvis Costello!

Sure, they're not great dance beats, but they're hip and happenin', and thats what CNN is goin' for these days, right?
Posted By Addison in Portland, Oregon : 3:35 AM ET
Anderson--

Thanks for the opportunity to bop down memory lane. Who knew that '80s and '90s music could be such a treasure trove of inspiration for political coverage theme music!

While I didn't go all the way back to the 8-track tapes (yet another resident of the music technology graveyard), I did manage to unearth a few gems worth considering:

In no particular order:

Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House

I Heard A Rumor - Bananarama

True Colors - Cyndi Lauper

True - Concrete Blonde (or Spandau Ballet)

Candy Everybody Wants - 10,000 Maniacs

Love of the Common People - Paul Young

Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears for Fears

and my personal favorite...

Things Can Only Get Better - Howard Jones

Of course, if these more recent tunes don't make the cut, there's always:

You're The One That I Want - Grease soundtrack

or

Who Are You? - The Who (not just a CSI theme song!)

Hopefully, your bosses won't get upset, sneeze from the virtual dust on these oldies or merely OD on nostalgia!

Enjoy!

Carolyn
Posted By Carolyn, Washington, DC : 5:28 AM ET
Hello Anderson

I am thinking about one of these...

by COLDPLAY

1 speed of sound
2 fix you

By the way, if you want to dance, 'speed of sound' is better!
Take care.
Posted By Gui-Hyun Nahm / South Korea : 7:09 AM ET
Dear Anderson:
Not since the Civil War has America been so divided as now. I hope this song is choosen because of its profound meaning which applies especially in 2007 and beyond. It is my wish and prayer is that our U.S. Congress would understand the wisdom of these lyrics.

UNITED WE STAND - Brotherhood of man 1970

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WkehMfakQg
Posted By Rocco Denami, Nashville, TN : 8:24 AM ET
There's only one song ...The Best H.Knight/M Chapman. Published by Colgems-EMI Music Inc. o/b/o itself and Knightly-Knight-Music/Mike Chapman Publishing Ent Produced by Dan Hartman and Tina Turner..Arranged by Tina Turner...it's on Tina's Simply the Best CD.. Great Blog ...The Politico ego will love it..
Posted By Christina Williams,Hemet,Ca : 8:39 AM ET
Van Halen's "Right Now" is appropriate to everything going on in the present.
Posted By Kim Bernot, Pgh, PA : 9:15 AM ET
How about "Are You Gonna Go My Way" by Lenny Kravitz?
Posted By lpfoong, Penang, Malaysia : 9:18 AM ET
Hi Anderson,
This one is a shout from the '80s, but goes hand in hand with the Keeping Them Honest theme from your show and reflects the population's attitude towards Washington these days.

Twisted Sister's

We're Not Gonna Take It


Oh We're Not Gonna Take It
no, We Ain't Gonna Take It
oh We're Not Gonna Take It Anymore

we've Got The Right To Choose And
there Ain't No Way We'll Lose It
this Is Our Life, This Is Our Song
we'll Fight The Powers That Be Just
don't Pick Our Destiny 'cause
you Don't Know Us, You Don't Belong

oh We're Not Gonna Take It
no, We Ain't Gonna Take It
oh We're Not Gonna Take It Anymore

oh You're So Condescending
your Gall Is Never Ending
we Don't Want Nothin', Not A Thing From You
your Life Is Trite And Jaded
boring And Confiscated
if That's Your Best, Your Best Won't Do

oh.....................
oh.....................
we're Right/yeah
we're Free/yeah
we'll Fight/yeah
you'll See/yeah

oh We're Not Gonna Take It
no, We Ain't Gonna Take It
oh We're Not Gonna Take It Anymore

oh We're Not Gonna Take It
no, We Ain't Gonna Take It
oh We're Not Gonna Take It Anymore
no Way!

oh.....................
oh.....................
we're Right/yeah
we're Free/yeah
we'll Fight/yeah
you'll See/yeah

we're Not Gonna Take It
no, We Ain't Gonna Take It
we're Not Gonna Take It Anymore

we're Not Gonna Take It, No!
no, We Ain't Gonna Take It
we're Not Gonna Take It Anymore

just You Try And Make Us
we're Not Gonna Take It
come On
no, We Ain't Gonna Take It
you're All Worthless And Weak
we're Not Gonna Take It Anymore
now Drop And Give Me Twenty
we're Not Gonna Take It
oh Crinch Pin
no, We Ain't Gonna Take It
oh You And Your Uniform
we're Not Gonna Take It Anymore
Posted By Christiane, NYC, NY : 9:46 AM ET
Hi, Anderson! First of all, I'm bummed the Clinton Campaign went Celine on me, but hey, "That's the Way It Is." (It's a Celine song, I had to.) Although, not that I'm saying "You and I" isn't good presidnetial music, but isn't CNN is more deserving of something with a little more pizzaz, more "umph" if you will? So if you're ready for my 2007 CNN Presidential Coverage song, here's my pick: "Move on Up" by Curtis Mayfield. It's catchy, it's fun, and the lyrics, well, they speak for themselves. After all, just like the folks over at FoxNews, aren't we all trying to Move on Up? Have a great day, Anderson!
Posted By Ann, Lehigh Acres, FL : 9:52 AM ET
Anderson,

I think you should use "Smiling Faces Someties" by: The Undisputed truth. I think it accurately describes piloticians.
Posted By Sarah, Atlanta GA : 9:59 AM ET
I'd chose "We've Only Just Begun" by the Carpenters. And Anderson gets to dance to it!!
Posted By Wynona, San Diego : 10:31 AM ET
After my morning coffee I went back to memory lane and I think any of these can make it:

1. We are not going to take it - Twisted Sisters.
2. Anything from The Clash
3. 5 Minutes by Gonzo Goes to Washington
4. People have the Power by Patti Smith
Posted By Christiane, NYC, NY : 10:32 AM ET
"Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash is a song that comes to mind every time I see coverage of the candidates.

Thanks!
Posted By Ariann, Cleveland, Ohio : 10:38 AM ET
Is "Help!" by the Beatles a little too on the nose?

I've really enjoyed CNN's political coverage, a catchy theme song will just make it better!

Thanks!
Posted By Annmarie, Boston, MA : 10:38 AM ET
Anderson,

Relax Take it easy by Mika.

Because all of you will need to be relax for this coverage.

Or Good people by Jack Johnson? Hmmm... not so catchy!
Posted By Delphine, Paris, France : 10:51 AM ET
Hey Anderson,
I've got a few suggestions:

1. "Land of Confusion" by Genesis

2. "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" by Scissor Sisters

3. "I Got You Babe" by Sonny and Cher

4. " Muscrat Love" by the Captain and Tennille (sp?)

Good luck!!!!
Posted By Pamina, Pittsford, New York : 11:01 AM ET
Marvin Gaye
"Lets get it on"
Posted By D from Jacksonville, FL : 11:02 AM ET
Hey Anderson,
I love your blog. Thanks for inviting us to participate.
Here are a few ideas:

U2 - One
Follow you, Follow me - Genesis
Cult of Personality - Living Colour
I fought the law - The Clash
Are you gonna go my way - Lenny Kravitz
Let it Be - Bealtes

Take care.
Posted By Lynne, Philadelphia, PA : 11:17 AM ET
Hey Anderson,
I have a few suggestions:

1. "Land of Confusion" by Genesis

2. "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" by Scissor Sisters

3. "I Got You Babe" by Sonny and Cher

4. "Dance Into the Light" by Phil Collins
Posted By Pamina, Pittsford, New York : 11:19 AM ET
Hi Anderson, there's so many great songs to chose from. Anyhow, here's a variety that might be apropos:

1)Wiseguys, "Start the Commotion"
2)Dylan, "These Times are A-changin"
3)Young, "Long May You Run" or
4)From A Chorus Line, "One"
Posted By Carol B., Frederick, MD : 11:22 AM ET
Someone already suggested "Help" which I think fits. The first thing that came to my mind is really long in the tooth, "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered." However, I want to be optomistic, so I suggest the theme from "Rocky." That way you don't have to worry about words and we can just picture all the candidates rushing up those famous steps in Philly. Whoever gets to the top first gets the nomination.
Posted By Charlotte D, Stockton CA : 11:23 AM ET
Perhaps a little old, but has a good beat. "I will Survive" or "Reach Out, I'll be There" by Gloria Gaynor.
Posted By Marian, New London, MO : 11:28 AM ET
Perhaps a little old, but has a good beat. "I will Survive" or "Reach Out, I'll be There" by Gloria Gaynor.
Posted By Marian, New London, MO : 11:28 AM ET
"Jive Talking" by The Bee Gees. Afterall, I'm sure we will be hearing enough of that between now and election time!
Posted By Jolene, St. Joseph, MI : 11:32 AM ET
Linkin Park "Hands Held High" But you'd have to edit out the F word. But since that's my favorite bad word, I'd leave it in.
Posted By Debbie, Denham Springs, LA : 11:33 AM ET
Hey Anderson,

My suggestion for your election coverage song would be "HOLIDAY" by GREENDAY. I think this would be a very fitting song for the 2008 elections since it talks about politicians, wars and religion (among other things). Aside from the really great beat of the song, I believe the line "I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies, this is the dawning of the rest of our lives" in the chorus of the song would really suit the voters and what their attitude towards the elections should be... but that's just my interpretation. Thanks.
Posted By Eudan Bantola, Manila, Philippines : 11:57 AM ET
How about: the Rolling Stones'- 'I can't get no satisfaction"

This would probably express the views of the majority of Americans who find our political system amok
Posted By Gene Kubena : 12:00 PM ET
"Holding out for a hero" by either Frou Frou for a more modern beat, or Bonnie Tyler for some 80's sweetness. I just think the song says it all, in a fun way.
Posted By Law School Blues : 12:10 PM ET
Dear Anderson,

Although I sent in a selection yesterday, I was reminded of another song and another war.

Maybe it is too obvious, but I am surprised that no one suggested "Revolution" by the Beatles.

There are some good suggestions here on the blog, but I think, after all we have been through these past few years, this election season calls for a "take charge" type of song, we have been waiting too long for a change.

No matter what you pick Mr. Cooper we better see some serious booty shaking going on!

Jo Ann
Posted By Jo Ann Matese, North Royalton, Ohio : 12:12 PM ET
Well there are a lot of good suggestions, but there was one that I thought of immediately…
Queen – "Under Pressure"
If I could back up a suggestion, Coldplay – "Talk"
Have fun sorting!

SrA Robert Ballesteros,
Edwards AFB, CA
Posted By Bob : 12:12 PM ET
"Holding out for a hero" says it all. The one by Frou Frou has a modern beat, or you could go Bonnie Tyler for that throw-back 80's goodness.
Posted By Dave Goldthorpe, Salem Oregon : 12:16 PM ET
Even though it was done primarily for "An Inconvenient Truth" when you listen to the lyrics you can see that it applies to a lot of the problems we have now - refugees, world disease and water shortages, Iraq war, global warming (of course), etc. So what about Melissa Etheridge's song "I need to wake up".
Posted By Annie Kate, Birmingham AL : 12:19 PM ET
Hey Anderson! Only one obvious choice here:

"Hot to Handle" by the Black Crowes.

It's fun, danceable, clean, and pretty much says it all in a nutshell. You know it.
Posted By Lucy, Toronto, ON : 12:23 PM ET
Sorry - typo in my last comment.

That's
"Hard to Handle" by the Black Crowes.
Posted By Lucy, Toronto, ON : 12:24 PM ET
How about "Sunday Bloody Sunday" by U2?

Monique
New Orleans
Posted By Anonymous : 12:26 PM ET
Hi Anderson,

Great idea-loved your show last night and how you kept showing the Asian Carp attacking that reporter!:0) These are my suggestions.

1) Beat It-Michael Jackson
2) Mr Wendel-forgot who sang it
3) Waiting for the world to change-
John Mayer (I don't think you
can dance to it though but you
can always listen to one of
your favorites if you want to
dance-such as "Family Affair"
by Mary J Blige!)
Posted By Khonnie from Mesa, AZ : 12:30 PM ET
Anderson,

2 Good Suggestions:

Arcade Fire - Windowsill -

-Has a terrific intro with steady drumbeat that will immediately catch viewers attention. Also contains very fitting chorus "I don't want to live in my father's house no more"

Thanks. Will send next one and a few more later...
Posted By Kyle Mt. Prospect, IL : 12:39 PM ET
Anderson, how about "A New Day Has Come", also by Celine Dion? It sounds hopeful.
Posted By Lilibeth, Edmonds, WA : 12:46 PM ET
What about "Better Days" by the Goo Goo Dolls?
Posted By Deepa, Seattle, WA : 12:48 PM ET
Okay, second thoughts. Perhaps in light of the situation the current adminstration's machismo has left us in, Tina Turner's "We don't need another hero" might be appropriate.
Posted By Arachnae, Sterling VA : 12:48 PM ET
How about "World" by Five for Fighting: It's pretty fitting and a great tone...but you can't dance to it....Sorry!!!
Here are the lyrics:

Got a package full of wishes
A time machine, a magic wand
A globe made out of gold
No instructions or commandments,
Laws of gravity or indecisions to uphold
Printed on the box I see ‘Acme’s Build a World to Be’
Take a chance, grab a piece
Help me to believe it

What kind of world do you want
Think anything
Let’s start at the start
Build a masterpiece
Be careful what you wish for
History starts now

Should there be people or peoples
Money, funny pedestals
For fools who never pay
Raise your army, choose your steeple
Don’t be shy, the satellites can look the other way
Lose the earthquakes, keep the faults
Fill the oceans without the salt
Let every man own his own hand
Can you dig it baby?

What kind of world do you want
Think anything
Let’s start at the start
Build a masterpiece
Be careful what you wish for
History starts now

Sunlight’s on the bridge
Sunlight’s on the way
Tomorrow’s calling
There’s more to this than love

What kind of world do you want
(x3)
Think anything
Lets start at the start
Build a masterpiece
History starts now
Starts now
Be careful what you wish for

Start now
Now...
Posted By Rachel-Albuquerque, NM : 12:51 PM ET
Oh geeze. Okay so I have a couple that I'm thinking would do veeerrry nicely.

Forgive Durden: Il Tango Della Signora Francesco Di Bartolommeo Di Zanobi Del Giocondo

Anberlin: Godspeed

Anberlin: Never Take Friendship Personal

Bayside: (pop)Ular Science
Here's a taste of those lyrics-

And I can say...
I've got to say...
Dollar by dollar your soul gets smaller.
Trending what we fought to make ours.
And they don't care about, they don't care.
It's a good thing bad trends fade away.
It's so much cooler in the shade.
And they don't care about, they don't care.
We give in nightly to our addiction.
A self-afflicted public crucifixion.
They don't care about, they don't care.
Dollar by dollar your soul gets smaller.
Trending what we fought to make ours.
And they don't care about, they don't care about.
They don't care, they never cared.

SOO those are my choices.

This is a pretty awesome blog, by the way. Have fun picking!
Posted By Ann, Millbury MA. : 12:53 PM ET
Hey Anderson,

How about "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen? Somehow it just seems fitting...
Posted By AmyLynne, Verona, Ohio : 12:58 PM ET
"You're so vain" - Carly Simon

"Sunshine and lollipops" - Lesley Gore

Anything by Captain Beefheart
Posted By john harlow, richmond VA : 1:07 PM ET
Hi Andy,

Well, even though I have no right to vote in the US, I'd like to propose Oasis' "Roll with it" as the theme song for your Presidential race coverage. It's just rock n' roll for me.
Posted By Nop, Bangkok, Thailand : 1:08 PM ET
...and another one.

Modest Mouse - "Float On" -

-not that political but very, very catchy. Plus, everyone relates to this song. Who hasn't sung this one out loud.
Posted By Kyle Mt. Prospect, IL : 1:16 PM ET
How about Roam by the B52's or Invincible by Pat Benetar?
Posted By Maura, Beacon, NY : 1:17 PM ET
Somebody Stand by Me
written by Cherly Crow & Todd Wolf
performed by Stevie Nicks.

Think it represents both sides of the campaign; the People and the candidates.

Thanks for the invite.
Posted By Carol from Va. Beach VA : 1:22 PM ET
Sons and Daughters-The Decemberist

The ending saying 'all the bombs fade away' is what makes it fitting.
Posted By Chelsea Hester, Acworth, Ga : 1:30 PM ET
Since AC360 is suppose to be a program that doesn't take sides, how about an instrumental? Better yet, how about a Harry Connick Jr. song...It would be a great way to keep New Orleans in the American mindset. Just a thought. You've got lot's to choose from. Good luck! Take Care
Posted By Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif. : 1:39 PM ET
For The Longest Time-Billy Joel
Workin' My Way Back To You-The 4 Seasons
Spinning Wheel- Blood Sweat & Tears
What A Day For A Daydream- The Lovin' Spoonfuls
We Didn't Start The Fire-Billy Joel
Midnight Blue-Melissa manchester
Can't Help Falling In Love-UB40
It Takes Two-Rob Bace
So Happy Together-The Turtles
Posted By Ziggy, Destin,Florida : 1:46 PM ET
World In Motion--New Order (although the 'We're playing for England' references should probably be taken out accordingly)
What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love & Understanding--Elvis Costello
Ain't to Proud to Beg--The Temptations
Just Can't Get Enough--Depeche Mode
Rock Steady--The Whispers
All These Things That I've Done--The Killers
Think--Aretha Franklin

Despite the fact that all of these songs are quite good, I'm certain that a Journey/Sheena Easton cover of any one of them would prove to be far superior to the originals. Well, that or just candy coated enough to give viewers a few cavities.
Swathi, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Posted By Swathi : 1:49 PM ET
Hey Anderson,

How about:

Can't Truss It-Public Enemy
Out of Touch-Hall and Oates
It's A Shame-The Spinners
No More Drama-Mary J. Blige
Virtual Insanity- Jamiroquai
I'm Afraid of Americans-David Bowie

Actually, my real choice would be Get Up, Stand Up by Bob Marley.
Posted By Keisha R. Kansas City, MO : 1:56 PM ET
Hi Anderson,

Since this is a big event how about Barbara Streisand's song "The Main Event"; or one of the theme songs from "Rocky".
Posted By Lori, Boston, MA : 1:56 PM ET
Since candidates are constantly changing their minds (and who knows how many more times they'll change in the next year), how about "Everybody's Changing" by Keane?

Also, can I just say that I desperately miss the Flin Flon intro from years ago...please bring it back!!!!!!!!!!

Keep up the great work Anderson!
Posted By Rebecca, Vancouver, WA : 2:02 PM ET
Hi Anderson, I came up with more songs. Here are a few of them.

1. Papa Got A New Bag, by James Brown.

2. I Got You ( I Feel Good) by James Brown.

3. Mess Around, by Ray Charles

4. Nothin' But A Good Time, by Poison.

5. Jesus, Take The Wheel, by Carrie Underwood.

That's all I came up with for right now I think of more later.

Jennifer - From Anderson, South Carolina.
Posted By Jennifer Dutton : 2:03 PM ET
Okay so I have found the absolute PERFECT song for the presedential race '08.

Say Anything: Admit It!

Some Lyrics:

WHen yuo walk by a group of,
quote unquote, normal people
you chuckle to yourself
patting yourself on the back
as you scoff.
It's the same superiority complex
shared by the high school jocks
who made your life a living hell
that makes you a slave
in the competitive,
capatalist, dogma

I think it describes most politicians nicely
Posted By Rebecca, Millbury Mass. : 2:11 PM ET
Hey Anderson, what about the new White Stripes song Icky Thump. It's fun, it has a political theme to it. Anything would have to be better than Celine Dion!
Posted By Jess, Paris, KY : 2:13 PM ET
I think the sheer joy of political coverage can be best expressed by playing the classic ditty "Mahna, Mahna" performed by my favorite Muppets of all time: Mahna Mahna & the Two Snowths. Then you can have alternating pundits playing Statler and Waldorf at the song's end.

Anderson, of course, will play Gonzo. And toot his horn for commercial breaks.
Posted By Javier San Miguel, Los Angeles CA : 2:14 PM ET
Andeson-
How about An Honest Mistake By the bravery
Or
I Fought the Law by the the clash
or
Retreat by the rakes
or
History repeating by propellerheads and miss shirey bassey it seems to fit an election
or
Big spender by peggy lee LOL since they spend lots on their campains
or
Natural's Not in it by gang of four
(if bill clinton was running i would say touch me by the doors LOL)
or
Dance Tonight by paul McCartney
i tried to find some with a good dance beat hope you find a really good one! HAPPY SEARCHING!

Ellen Kuntz-Billings Montana
Posted By Ellen Kuntz : 2:17 PM ET
Hey Anderson, alrighty now, a fun blog. OK:
Not ready to Make Nice (tongue in mouth)
Leader of the Pack (you'll love the motorcycle revving in the background..lol)
We Will Rock You (gets the adrenaline going)
Posted By Lisa Scarborough Ontario : 2:19 PM ET
Destiny's Child "Survivor"

The very beginning of the song is very classical-sounding vioins, beautiful. Then it jumps right into the hip-hop kind of beat. Skip the verse, it's not applicable for what you want. Go straight to the chorus:

I'm a survivor (what),
I'm not gonna give up (what),
I'm not gon' stop (what),
I'm gonna work harder (what),
I'm a survivor (what),
I'm gonna make it (what),
I will survive (what),
Keep on survivin' (what),

In case that does not work for you, I'll keep on looking. This is FUN! I'm so glad you asked for our help. Is there a prize? Like, maybe a tour of the AC360 studios and meeting Anderson? Please pretty please? With sugar and sprinkles on top. :<)
Posted By Mariela, New York, NY : 2:29 PM ET
I want to dd "Waiting on the World to Change" by John Mayer to my 3 earlier choices.

That's a great song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted By Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada : 2:29 PM ET
I want to dd "Waiting on the World to Change" by John Mayer to my 3 earlier choices.

That's a great song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted By Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada : 2:29 PM ET
Anderson, the first song that came to mind was "Born to Run" by the Boss.

"'Cause tramps like us,
baby we were born to run"


Can't wait to see you in Charleston, SC!!
Posted By Pam, Columbia, SC : 2:30 PM ET
Anderson,
It's got to be Michael Jackson's "Heal the World". My cynical side wants to choose "It's Too Late Baby" by Carly Simon. I'm not sure America will ever recover from this administrations blunders. Love your show. Keep up the good work. Krista
Posted By Krista Paull, SLC UT : 2:31 PM ET
Anderson,
It's got to be Michael Jackson's "Heal the World". My cynical side wants to choose "It's Too Late Baby" by Carly Simon. I'm not sure America will ever recover from this administrations blunders. Love your show. Keep up the good work. Krista
Posted By Krista Paull, SLC UT : 2:32 PM ET
I second both: Depeche Mode's [i]Policy of Truth[/i] (suggested by Jennifer, Washington, D.C.) and Abba's [i]Take a Chance on Me[/i] (suggested by S.P., Villa Hills, KY. Here is another:

[i]Return to Innocence[/i] - Enigma (thanks nb, for the memory jog)
Posted By Lyn F., Durham, NC : 2:40 PM ET
Hey Anderson -
As part of Keeping Them Honest -

Jayne Ferguson
Santa Monica, CA


Buffalo Springfield
FOR WHAT'S IT'S WORTH
Posted By Jayne Ferguson : 2:48 PM ET
WHAT!!??? No Celine Dion?? How about "Fly Away" by Sugarland or "Longway Down" by the Goo-Goo Dolls?? You can even dance to both if you want to.
Posted By Christy Smith; Ft. Stewart, Georgia : 2:50 PM ET
How about Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen !!
Posted By Kathy, Moorpark, CA : 2:59 PM ET
Hey Anderson,

I think "Oh Yeah" by Yello from Ferris Bueller's Day Off" would be great! Ohhhhhh yeahhhhhh!!!!!!!

Thanks for the laughs. I'm sure you'll find the perfect song.
Posted By Carrie M. Ames, IA : 3:03 PM ET
Hi Anderson! Here's one for you that I think will fit: "Stand Up" by Dave Matthews Band. Or I think I remember reading an article where Dave Matthews said he wrote "Where Are You Going?" with Bush in mind. I'll go through my iPod looking for more...
Posted By Danielle - Honolulu, HI : 3:07 PM ET
Top 5 campaign coverage theme songs:

5. "The Thrill Is Gone" (B.B. King)
4. "Ball of Confusion" (Temptations)
3. "The Harder They Come" (Jimmy Cliff)
2. "Won't Get Fooled Again" (The Who)
1. "Pop Goes The Weasel" (circa 1700, author unknown):

"Up and down the city road,
In and out the Eagle,
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel.
For you may try to sew and sew,
But you'll never make anything regal,
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel."
Posted By David Greenberg, Chicago : 3:12 PM ET
My song choice is "Gimme Shelter" by the Rolling Stones.
Gimme shelter from negative campaign ads.
Gimme Shelter from the endless BS spewed out of the candidates mouths.
Gimme Shelter from broken campaign promises.
Gimme Shelter from politicians who are bought and paid for by special interest groups.
Gimme Shelter from rigged elections (hello, Florida?) and re-drawn campaign districts.
Gimme Shelter from anyone whose last name is Bush or Rove.
Gimme Shelter from the constant blabbering of the TV talking heads, except for you Anderson, because you are worth listening to, not to mention totally HOT.
Posted By Ms. Donine Henshaw, Tucson, Arizona : 3:13 PM ET
OH this is fun. My nominees are:

1.) The Compromise- by The Format...an ode to bipartisan politics? And dancing.

2.) Do What You Want- by OK Go, "What could go wrong? Do what you want." Sounds like a good policy.

3.) Are You Feelin' It?- by Teddybears, featuring Elephant Man. ...Yeaahhh, I just like the fact it features Elephant Man (I'm imagining the sad guy with the paper bag over his head singing lyrics I don't understand. That's horrible.). Plus the chorus is filled with obligatory dance moves, "throw your hands up!".

I could make a long list, but I'll stick with these for now. Party on.
Posted By Sarah, Grantham, PA : 3:16 PM ET
How about an instrumental piece like "Entry of the Gladiators?" It's the theme was played during the golden age of the circus. But with all the different personalities in the race for the White House this show is going to need more than three rings...
Posted By Carly, KS : 3:20 PM ET
Funky President by James Brown!
Posted By Matt, San Diego, CA : 3:25 PM ET
Hi Anderson,

How about "Kill the Poor" by the Dead Kennedys? Better yet "Deify" by Disturbed. Lyrics follow:

All my devotion betrayed
I am no longer afraid
I was too blinded to see
How much you've stolen from me

You wanna know why I feel so horrified?
I let my innocence die
You wanna know why I can't be pacified?
You made me bury something
I won't be sleeping tonight

I only wanted the blessing made
Now I've been labeled a renegade
It seems so clear now what I must do
You're no immortal
I won't let them
Deify you
They view you as the new messiah
Deify you
Renew belief in some demented man

You wanna know why it seems the passion's died?
We've all been living this lie
You wanna know why my will's been fortified?
You've made me hunger again
Good luck sleeping tonight

I only wanted the blessing made
Now I've been labeled a renegade
It seems so clear now what I must do
You're no immortal
I won't let them
Deify you
They view you as the new messiah
Deify you
Renew belief in some demented man

All my devotion betrayed
I am no longer afraid
All my devotion betrayed
I am no longer afraid
I was too blinded to see
How much you've stolen from me
I was too blinded to see
All my devotion betrayed
I am no longer afraid
I was too blinded to see
How much you've stolen from me

Deify you
They view you as the new messiah
Deify you
Renew belief in some demented man

Deify you
(All my devotion betrayed)
They view you as the new messiah
(I am no longer afraid)
Deify you
(I was too blinded to see)
Renew belief in some demented man...
(How much you've stolen from me...)
Posted By Mei, Costa Mesa, CA : 3:27 PM ET
What is wrong with a Journey song?
Posted By sherry,cleveland,oh : 3:40 PM ET
How about "So Much to Say" by the Dave Matthews band? The candidates do a lot of talking, but who are they REALLY? That's what we really want to know, and that's what the news media can help us find out!
Posted By Jill Granger, Pittsburgh, PA : 3:46 PM ET
Anything by Mellencamp would be good...or you could use Mary Chapin Carpenter's "I Feel Lucky".

I've always had a soft spot for Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop"

Or...take the high road and use Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man. You can't dance to it, but it sure gets your attention!
Posted By Maryann Mercer,Champaign IL : 3:47 PM ET
Golden Oldie -- "Don't go breaking my heart" by Elton John and Kiki Dee. Ac you can dance wearing platforms and big glasses, and I'm sure if you asked nicely--Erica would dance with you!! I like it. . . pick mine, pick mine!!
Posted By Bonnie - St. Louis : 3:48 PM ET
How about "So Much to Say" by the Dave Matthews band? The candidates do a lot of talking, but who are they REALLY? That's what we really want to know, and that's what we need the news media to help us find out!
Posted By Jill Granger Pittsburgh PA : 3:48 PM ET
If I can't "win", I want to see Anderson and Wolf dance around to that other suggestion: "Funky President" byJames Brown !
Posted By xtina - chicago IL : 3:48 PM ET
How about "So Much to Say" by the Dave Matthews band? The candidates do a lot of talking, but who are they REALLY? That's what we really want to know, and that's what we need the news media to help us find out!
Posted By Jill Granger, Pittsburgh, PA : 3:49 PM ET
Excellent request Anderson and the staff at CNN. Knowing full well these will never get voted into the 360 Presidential Race theme, here are my two suggestions in order of preference....

Nine Inch Nails - Survivalism
"I got my propaganda I got revisionism. I got my violence in high-def ultrarealism. All a part of this great nation. I got my fist I got my plan I got Survivalism".

Or...Rage Against the Machine - Township Rebellion. On second thought....profanity abounds in this one. Still...food for thought. "Why stand on a silent platform. Fight the war...(blank) the norm".

Good luck with the theme song.
Posted By Jon - Pittsburgh : 3:50 PM ET
The song Acid Rain by Liquid Tension Experiment would be really cool. If you do not injure yourself or anybody else while dancing to this song then you are not a very good dancer.
Posted By Martun, Belmont, MA : 3:59 PM ET
Okay, so this is the one! (I hope). It's upbeat, funky, and has an amazing rhythym.

Ben Harper: When It's Good

Lyrics:

You're a prison I can't escape.
You're a decision I never make.
Heard me laughing, you heard me weep and moan.

When it's good
it's so so good,
when it's gone
it's gone.

They say that time will
kill the pain.
T say that pain is gonna
kill my time.
Lord won't you save me
or leave me alone?

'Cause when it's good
it's so so good,
when it's gone
it's gone.

I hang your picture right above my mind.
Don't do anything you can't deny;
I could never be your pawn

when it's good
it's so so good
when it's gone,
it's gone.

Some drink to remember,
some to forget,
some for satisfaction, and
some for regret.
I hope a brighter
day to you i've shown

'Cause when it's good
it's so so good,
when it's gone
it's gone.
Posted By Becca, Washington D.C : 4:02 PM ET
Okay, so this is the one! (I hope). It's upbeat, funky, and has an amazing rhythym.

Ben Harper: When It's Good

Lyrics:

You're a prison I can't escape.
You're a decision I never make.
Heard me laughing, you heard me weep and moan.

When it's good
it's so so good,
when it's gone
it's gone.

They say that time will
kill the pain.
T say that pain is gonna
kill my time.
Lord won't you save me
or leave me alone?

'Cause when it's good
it's so so good,
when it's gone
it's gone.

I hang your picture right above my mind.
Don't do anything you can't deny;
I could never be your pawn

when it's good
it's so so good
when it's gone,
it's gone.

Some drink to remember,
some to forget,
some for satisfaction, and
some for regret.
I hope a brighter
day to you i've shown

'Cause when it's good
it's so so good,
when it's gone
it's gone.
Posted By Becca, Washington D.C : 4:02 PM ET
Heeeey Anderson
what about Trent Reznor's Capitol G song?
eh? eh? its poppy, its dance-able I think its a hit


;)
Posted By Sabrina Orlando,FL : 4:03 PM ET
Dear Anderson,

I think the Barenaked Ladies have quite a few songs that are fun and could also be used in a debate context. Possible suggestions:

"Testing 1, 2, 3"
"Unfinished"
"Too Little, Too Late"
"Angry People"

Among others, I also like:

"The Kid is Hot Tonight" - Loverboy
"Revolution" - The Beatles (I believe someone already suggested this)

I love your show! Have fun picking a song.
Posted By Anne, Bay City, MI : 4:05 PM ET
How about the chorus to Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer"? That should rock a little.

Or, to slow things down, "Imagine", by John Lennon.
Posted By Maria, San Antonio, TX : 4:07 PM ET
How about:

Beethoven: Ode to Joy. -It's The European Anthem already

Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance. -Basically what else?

Mozart: Requiem, - It's a
question of death anyway...
Posted By Anna Sophie, Europe : 4:09 PM ET
Hi there,
How about 'C'mon Over' by Rob Thomas? It's not Celine, but it's got a catchy beat and upbeat lyrics.
Posted By Cheryl, Johnston, RI : 4:21 PM ET
Rolling Stones - You can't always get what you want
Clash-"I faught the law"
Radiohead --"Karma Police", "Idioteque" or "Paranoid Android"
Beatles -- "Helter Skelter"

Since Democrats already picked their campaign song I have an idea for the Republican campaign:
Dead Kennedys -- Bleed For Me or Kill the Poor -they can choose!
Posted By ivy, new york : 4:30 PM ET
Hi AC-sorry, no Celine here! I would have to go back to my hippie days and go with "Truchin" by the Greatful Dead, but I don't know if the lyrics will pass. I like the You Tube song-Here We Go Again also. I hope you let us vote for the winner. Great idea!
Posted By Kathy Chicago,Il : 4:39 PM ET
It has to be Russian Roulette by Van Morrison. It's from his CD called Days Like This. The lyrics are perfect: "They're playing Russian Roulette with your mind..."
Posted By Carol in Hollywood, FL : 4:42 PM ET
Anderson:

How about "Another One Bites The Dust" by Queen?
Posted By Kim, Bolingbrook, IL : 4:49 PM ET
Hi Anderson,

Ok my love for Hair Metal is apparent with this one - how about "Something to Believe In" by Poison?
Posted By Mandy, Los Angeles, CA : 5:02 PM ET
The theme from "Midnight Cowboy" ...."everybody's talking about me, and I don't hear a word they're saying" or Elvis Costello's "What's So Funny 'Bout Peace Love & Understanding"
I also think Cake's "Sheep Go To Heaven" would be appropriate.
Posted By Shamiss, San Diego : 5:04 PM ET
Hey Anderson,

A few things by The Brooklyn Funk Essentials would be great for the song - like:

Blow Your Brains Out
Mizz Bed-Stuy
Bop Hop

They all have great beats and excellent danceability, and they make a statement. I know this stuff is over 10 years old, but it's pretty good!
Posted By Gina, San Diego, Calif. : 5:05 PM ET
Hi Anderson, You gave me an idea for a fun playlist to listen to during the election coverage. Here's what I have so far.

Randy Newman - Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man)
Three dog night - Liar
Traffic -Dear Mr Fantasy
Allman Brothers Band - Don’t Want You Know More
Allman Brothers Band or Molly Hatchet – Dreams I’ll Never See
Whitesnake - Here I Go Again
Pure Prairie League - Just Can’t Believe It
Little Feat - Trouble
Cream or Los Lobos - Politician
3 Doors Down - Duck and Run
Lynyrd Skynyrd - That Smell
AC/DC - Dirty deeds done cheap, Highway To Hell or Beating Around The Bush
Aerosmith - Dream on, Same old song and dance
Monty python bruce Cockburn - - Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
The Animals - We Gotta Get Outta This Place
The Beatles - I Should Have Known Better, Revolution, Don’t let me down, Magical Mystery Tour,
The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill, and I’m So Tired
Keb’ Mo’ - Keep It Simple
Joe Bonamassa - Headaches To Heartbreaks, Lie #1 “
Brooklyn Bridge - The Worst That Can Happen
The Rascals I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore
Martin Briley - The Salt In My Tears
Jackson Browne - Lives In The Balance, My Problem Is You, For America, and Here Comes Those Tears Again “
Buffalo Springfield - For What It’s Worth
Chris Rea - Fool If You Think It’s Over
The Call - War Weary World
Canned Heat, Refried Boogie
The Cars - You’re All I Got Tonite
Cinderella - Don’t Know What You Got ‘Til It’s Gone
Eric Clapton - Tearing Us Apart
Bruce Cockburn - The Trouble With Normal
Albert Collins - The Lights Are On But Nobodys Home
Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen - Lost In The Ozone
Alice Cooper, Elected - Welcome To My Nightmare “
The Count Five - Psychotic Reaction
Dada - Dizz Knee land
Deep Purple – Chasing Shadows, Money Talks
Dire Straits – Money For Nothing, Industrial Disease
The Donnas – All Messed Up
The Doobie Brothers – Divided Highway, What A Fool Believes
The Doors - Been Down So Long, Ship Of Fools
B.B. King – The Thrill Is Gone
The Eagles – Wasted Time
Evanescence – The Weight Of The World
The Fixx – One Thing Leads To Another
Foo Fighters – Breakout
Peter Gabriel – Big Time, Kiss That Frog
Ian Gillian – Unchain Your Brain
Golden Earring – Twilight Zone
Grand Funk Railroad – Destitute and Losin’
Grateful Dead – Friend Of the Devil
Great White – Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Nancy Griffith – Is This All There Is?
Arlo Guthrie – The Motorcycle Song
Sammy Hagar – Both Sides Now, Not 4 Sale
Thanks for the opportunity!

DW
Posted By Don Wheeler, Colorado Springs, CO : 5:06 PM ET
"Stomp!" The Brothers Johnson
"Shining Star" Earth, Wind & Fire
"September" Earth, Wind & Fire
Posted By Ricky, Panama City, FL : 5:13 PM ET
"Dirty Laundry"...Don Henley 80's version...not the Lisa Maria Presley version. Oy!
Posted By Mary / Pittsburgh, PA : 5:15 PM ET
RULE by Nas
samples from "Everybody wants to rule the World" by Tears for Fears


Yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Nas, uh
Yo, yo, I come from the housin tenement buildings
Unlimited killings, menaces marked for death
Better known as the projects where junkies and rock
heads dwell
Though I owe to it my success
Well, survival of the fittest every day as a child
I would think Im a part of you and say and be proud
In front of racism, started to foreign
Like it bother you all, now deal with your problems
I reached for the stars, but I just kept slippin
On this life mission never know whats next
Aint your king from Fiji, but the Julius Caesar
Had a piece of the globe, every continent
There was Asia, Africa, Europe, France, Japan
Pakistan, America, Afghanistan
There was Protestants, Jews, Blacks, Arabics
Call a truce, world peace, stop actin like savages
No war, we should take time and think
The bombs and tanks makes man kinda extinct
Cause since the beginnin of time, its been man with
arms fightin
No slobs in the towers and Pentagons
Why then must we it on, we must stop the killin
Tell me why we die, we all Gods children


All this hating lasts forever
Its time that we stand together
Everybody wants to rule the world


Come on (World...world....world...)
Peace (World...world....world...)
Peace (World...world....world...)
Peace (World...world....world...)


All those brothers on the block posted up like they
own it
Thats they Kona from New York to California
Go blocks locked down
Like dog, you safe whenever you with me
See, this is my town
So the youngstas, pros, and ghettos goes to prison
At a early age, already know whats against them
So in order for him to survive one day
He must open up his eyes to the ???
Cause everybody wants a shot in this land of
opportunity
Look at what this countrys got
There shouldnt be nobody homeless
How can the President fix other problems when he aint
fixed home yet
The earth wasnt made for one man to rule alone
To all colors and creeds is to whom it belongs
I want land, mansions, banks and gold
To diamonds in Africa, oil in my control
The worlds natural resources own its residuals
But then comes foes, I have to guard it with missiles
And I become the most wanted
But is it worth hearin a million people problems and
followed by secret service
I guess attempts at my life are loaded
So move over Colin Powell, just throw in a towel, yo


All this hating lasts forever
Its time that we stand together
Everybody wants to rule the world


Come on (World...world....world...)
Peace (World...world....world...)
Peace (World...world....world...)
Peace (World...world....world...)


Young harass my style and hit you at the right time
No other compares to what Nas write down
Tell you my dreams, show you my pain is yours
You could get what you love, be a chain to cause
Youre alive right now
Theres so many thats dead or locked up inside the
beast
Imma holler it now
Its whatever man thinkll manifest to the real
The plan is to wake up cause time reveals
All this hate cant forever last
All my ghetto heroes in heaven its like you right
here and never passed
You just transcend, I know Im gonna see you again
Hopin Ill reach the world ears and win
Aint nothin without struggle, listen up, its
critical
We used to fear arms, now the weapons are chemical
In hip-hop the weapons are lyrical
To be the best you challenge the rest, and the blessed
keeps it spiritual
Top of the world for the kid none less
Shoot any Rappers head off his shoulders, no contest
I know the most high hear me, so fly you cant hear me
You scared of a mirror
My theory is that Nas is peril
To every projects and every street corner
We gotta get out of this now


All this hating lasts forever
Its time that we stand together
Everybody wants to rule the world
Posted By Kelley from Chicago : 5:17 PM ET
Road to Nowhere by the Talking Heads

Title sounds pessimistic, but the song reflects uncertainty, a yearning for something better. Potential voters need to watch CNN to figure it all out. :)

Well we know where were goin
But we dont know where weve been
And we know what were knowin
But we cant say what weve seen
And were not little children
And we know what we want
And the future is certain
Give us time to work it out

Were on a road to nowhere
Come on inside
Takin that ride to nowhere
Well take that ride

Im feelin okay this mornin
And you know,
Were on the road to paradise
Here we go, here we go

Chorus

Maybe you wonder where you are
I dont care
Here is where time is on our side
Take you there...take you there

Were on a road to nowhere
Were on a road to nowhere
Were on a road to nowhere

Theres a city in my mind
Come along and take that ride
And its all right, baby, its all right

And its very far away
But its growing day by day
And its all right, baby, its all right

They can tell you what to do
But theyll make a fool of you
And its all right, baby, its all right

Were on a road to nowhere
Posted By Jen NY, NY : 5:18 PM ET
Would it help if we got Celine to cover "Funky President?"
Posted By xtina - chicago IL : 5:31 PM ET
So many great suggestions, so little time. 360 staffers certainly have their work cut out for them.

my random list, in no particular order of preference:
"Instant Karma" -- John Lennon
"New Attitude" -- Patti LaBelle
"America" -- Throwing Muses
"Reach for the Sky" -- Social Distortion
"How Soon is Now" -- The Smiths
"Channel Z" -- B52s
"Blah Blah Blah" -- Iggy Pop
"Life During Wartime" -- Talking Heads
"Put the Message in the Box" -- World Party
"Serve the Servants" -- Nirvana
"Lonely Planet" -- The The

Have fun, and good luck choosing the winning tune!
Posted By lori, chapel hill, nc : 5:34 PM ET
How about TAX MAN by the Beatles:

if you drive a car, I'll tax the street;

if you try to sit, I'll tax your seat;

if you get too cold, I'll tax the heat;

if you take a walk, I'll tax your feet

Posted By Steve, Peoria, IL : 5:54 PM ET
Hi there. I hope it's not too late
to add a couple more:

The Kinks: "Better Things" or
The Beatles: "Come Together"
Posted By Carol B., Frederick, MD : 6:23 PM ET
"Love Will Keep Us Together" by Anderson's guilty pleasure The Captain and Tennille.
Posted By r. curtain- beloit, WI : 6:31 PM ET
Dear Anderson,

I promise; this is my last comment on this subject.

Now that I have given you my suggestions for your theme song, it's time for me to suggest one to the candidates.

Since most of what I have been hearing from them is mostly disingenuous BS, I think this song is more than appropriate:

"Sympathy for the Devil" by the Rolling Stones. Here is a sample of the lyrics:

Please allow me to introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste
I've been around for a long, long year
Stole many a man's soul and faith
.................................
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game
.................................
Just as every cop is a criminal
And all the sinners saints
As heads is tails
Just call me Lucifer
'Cause I'm in need of some restraint

So if you meet me
Have some courtesy
Have some sympathy, and some taste
Use all your well-learned politesse
Or I'll lay your soul to waste, um yeah

Until later,
Jo Ann
Posted By Jo Ann Matese, North Royalton, Ohio : 6:56 PM ET
I think a great song for this campaign is "The Black Parade" performed by My Chemical Romance. It pretty much puts in words the way I feel about who we are looking for.
Posted By Robert from Tucson, AZ : 6:57 PM ET
You Will Obey! from Spongebob Squarepants.
Posted By Anthony Ainley, Grant, MI : 7:01 PM ET
I thought I'd put in my two cents again with some more:

1. On the classical side- The Toreadors from "Carmen." The campaign is like a bullfight with each candidate stepping into the arena. Plus it's upbeat and recognizable, and it'll keep it unbiased.

2. A song whose title embodies what every candidate is really saying to his or her constituents- "I Want You to Want Me" (Cheap Trick)

3. And just for kicks, "Mr. Roboto" by Styx, so we can watch Anderson do the robot. Hahaha...
Posted By Rebecca, Vancouver, WA : 7:09 PM ET
You know Anderson, I was thinking, depending on how you want to approach this, that's how you should pick the song. For instance, from the voters' perspective then Tina Turner's "You Better Be Good To Me"

Oh you better be good to me
That`s how it`s got to be now
Cause i don`t have no use
For what you loosely call the truth
And i don`t have the time for your over loaded lines
Oh you better be good to me
Yes you better be good to me

And i really don`t see
Why it`s so hard to be
Good to me
And i don`t understand
What`s your plan
That you can`t
Be good to me

However, if you want to approach it from the politicians' point of view then my aforementioned "Survivor" by Destiny's Child is perfect

I'm a survivor (what),
I'm not gonna give up (what),
I'm not gon' stop (what),
I'm gonna work harder (what),
I'm a survivor (what),
I'm gonna make it (what),
I will survive (what),
Keep on survivin' (what),

See what I mean? See you tonight, Anderson
Posted By Mariela, New York, NY : 7:46 PM ET
OK, you asked for it ... here is a list from my music on I-Tunes (should all meet your qualifications although some choices are a bit sarcastic. I think my favorites are Tubthumping by Chumbawamba or Hold On by WIlson Phillips. here is the whole shebang:

You’re so vain – Carly Simon
What I am -- Eddie Brickell & new Bohemians
Lonesome Looser – Little River Band
All Star – Smash Mouth
Voices carry – Til Tuesday
We Don’t need Another Hero – Tina Turfner
I Ran – Flock of Seagulls
I Get Around – The Beach Boys
That Was Then But This Is Now – ABC
On My Own – From the Les Miserables Soundtrack
What It Takes – Aerosmith
Games People Play – Inner Circle
The American and Florence/Nobody’s on Nobodys Side -- From the Chess Soundtrack
Summertime from the Porgy and Bess Soundtrack
Keep On Tryin’ -- Poco
Respect – Aretha Franklin
Sole Survivor – Asia
Only Time Will Tell – Asia
Wildest Dreams – Asia
Who Let The Dogs Out – Baha Men
I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boys
Come Together – The Beatles
We Can Work it Out – The Beatles
Dream a Little Dream – The Beautiful South
No More Words – Berlin
Get The Party Started – Pink
Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
Holding Out For A Hero – Bonnie Tyler
Why? – Bronski Beat
The Way It Is – Bruce Hornsby & The Range
Here We Go Let’s Rock and Roll – C&C Music Factory
Can’t Keep It In – Cat Stevens
Sitting – Cat Stevens
Beautiful – Christina Aguillera
Tubthumping – Chumbawamba
The World I Know – Collective Soul
I Hope I Get It – From the soudtrack to A Chorus Line
That’ll Be The Day – Buddy Holly and the Crickets
Not fade Away – Buddy Holly and the Crickets
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes – Crosby, Stills and Nash
Part of the Plan – Dan Fogelberg
We Just Disagree – Dave Mason
Bad Day – Daniel Powter
I’m On My Way – Fron the Paint Your Wagon Soundtrack
Once in a Lifetime – Talking heads
Time Will Reveal – deBarge
Roll To Me – DelAmitri
Promises – Def leppard
Money for Nothing – Dire Straits
The Boys of Summer – Don Henley
Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran Duran
A Little less Conversation – Elvis vs Jxl
Unbelievable – EMF
Take Me To Heart – Quarterflash
Out of My Head – Fastball
Suspicious Minds – Fine Young Cannibals
Build Me Up Buttercup – The foundations
Where Everybody knows Your Name – Gary Portnoy (Theme From Cheers)
Any Road – George Harrison
I’m Not perfect (But I’m perfect for You) – Grace Jones
American idiot (clean version) – Green Day
Welcome to the Jungle – Guns and Roses
I Will Survive – Aretha Franklin (?)
Shout – From Animal House Soundtrack
(Keep Feeling) Fascination – Human League
I Can See Clearly Now – Jimmy Cliff
Touch The Sky – Kanye West feat. Lupe Fiasco
The Waiting – Linda Ronstadt
Going Home – Mary Fahl
Wild World – maxi priest
Your Wildest Dreams – The Moody Blues
Promises, Promises – Naked Eyes
True Faith – New Order
You get What You Give – new radicals\
Rockstar – Nickelback
Come on get happy – The Partridge Family
We Belong – pat benatar
When You Wishj Upon a Star – from Disney’s Pinnochjio
I Want It all – Queen
I Want to Break Free – Queen
Start me Up – The Rolling Stones
Dressed for Success – Roxette
Closer to the Heart – Rush
Smooth – Santana feat. Rob Thomas
Scorpions – Wind of Change
Whenever, Wherever – Shakira
Don’t You Forget About Me – Simple Minds
Shop Around – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
Welcome to Tomorrow – Snap
Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution – Tracy Chapman
Happy Together – the Turtles
Vertigo – U@
On the Road Again – Willie Nelson
Hold On – Wilson Phillips
Posted By Camille, Alexandria, Virginia : 8:07 PM ET
The 5 Stairsteps "Ooh Child"
(this one is probably more from the politicians' perspective)

Ooh-oo child, things are gonna get easier
Ooh-oo child, things'll get brighter
Ooh-oo child, things are gonna get easier
Ooh-oo child, things'll be brighter

Some day, yeah
We'll put it together and we'll get it all done
Some day
When your head is much lighter
Some day, yeah
We'll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun
Some day
When the world is much brighter
Posted By Mariela, New York, NY : 8:08 PM ET
part one of three:

You’re so vain – Carly Simon
What I am -- Eddie Brickell & new Bohemians
Lonesome Looser – Little River Band
All Star – Smash Mouth
Voices carry – Til Tuesday
We Don’t need Another Hero – Tina Turfner
I Ran – Flock of Seagulls
I Get Around – The Beach Boys
That Was Then But This Is Now – ABC
On My Own – From the Les Miserables Soundtrack
What It Takes – Aerosmith
Games People Play – Inner Circle
The American and Florence/Nobody’s on Nobodys Side -- From the Chess Soundtrack
Summertime from the Porgy and Bess Soundtrack
Keep On Tryin’ -- Poco
Respect – Aretha Franklin
Sole Survivor – Asia
Only Time Will Tell – Asia
Wildest Dreams – Asia
Who Let The Dogs Out – Baha Men
I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boys
Come Together – The Beatles
We Can Work it Out – The Beatles
Dream a Little Dream – The Beautiful South
No More Words – Berlin
Get The Party Started – Pink
Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
Holding Out For A Hero – Bonnie Tyler
Why? – Bronski Beat
Posted By Camille, Alexandria, Virginia : 8:08 PM ET
I think a good song for this Presidential campaign would be "I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)" performed by Kenny Loggins. I think it has a great message that is encouraging at a time like this, because essential it is all about freedom and the choice that we, the American people have to pick the right candidate for the Presidency.
Posted By Jessica, Bourbonnais Illinois : 8:26 PM ET
Louis XIV - "God Killed the Queen"
Maximo Park - "Apply Some Pressure"
Incubus - "Megalomaniac"
Thrice - "Image of the Invisible"
Social Distortion - "Ring of Fire"
We Are Scientists - "Lousy Reputation"
4 Non Blondes - "Dear Mr. President"
O.K. Go - "Here it Goes Again"
Rolling Stones - "Paint It Black"
Cake - "Comfort Eagle"

Get on it!
Posted By Thomas - Las Vegas, NV : 8:27 PM ET
How about "Get on your feet", by my most favorite singer in the world, Gloria Estefan.
Posted By sherry,cleveland,oh : 8:32 PM ET
Anderson, I think you should use "Don't Bring Me Down" by ELO because congress always ends up bringing people down.
Posted By Sarah Atlanta, GA : 8:48 PM ET
I read this and of course I had to put my 2 cents in. I think a fitting song is PRESSURE by BILLY JOEL: You have to learn to pace yourself
Pressure
You're just like everybody else
Pressure
You've only had to run so far
So good
But you will come to a place
Where the only thing you feel
Are loaded guns in your face
And you'll have to deal with
Pressure
You used to call me paranoid
Pressure
But even you can not avoid
Pressure
You turned the tap dance into your crusade
Now here you are with your faith
And your Peter Pan advice
You have no scars on your face
And you cannot handle pressure.
I rest my case.
Posted By Donna Cheek, Norman OK : 9:11 PM ET
Anderson, yet another good choice for a song would be "Looking For The Right One" by Art Garfunkel on his Breakaway album.
Posted By Sarah Atlanta, GA : 9:21 PM ET
Hi Anderson,

We all need hope. How about "There's Hope" by India.Arie:


[Verse 1:]
Back when I had a little
I thought that I needed a lot
A little was over rated,
but a lot was a little too complicated
You see-Zero didn't satisfy me
A million didn't make me happy
That's when I learned a lesson
That it's all about your perception
Hey-are you a pauper or a superstar
So you act, so you feel, so you are
It ain't about the size of your car
It's about the size of the faith in your heart

[Chorus:]
There's hope
It doesn't cost a thing to smile
You don't have to pay to laugh
You better thank God for that
[repeat]

There's hope

[Verse 2:]
Off in the back country of Brazil
A met a young brother that made me feel
That I could accomplish anything.
You see just like me he wanted to sing
He had no windows and no doors
He lived a simple life and was extremely poor
On top of all of that he had no eye sight,
but that didn't keep him from seein' the light
He said, what's it like in the USA,
and all I did was complain
He said-livin' here is paradise
He taught me paradise is in your mind
You know that

[Chorus]

[Bridge:]
Every time I turn on the T.V. (There's Hope)
Somebody's acting crazy (There's Hope)
If you let it, it will drive you crazy (There's Hope)
but I'm takin' back my power today (There's Hope)
Gas prices they just keep on rising (There's Hope)
The government they keep on lying
but we gotta keep on surviving
Keep living our truth and do the best we can do

[Chorus]

Stand up for your rights [echo]
Keep shining your light [echo]
And show the world your smile [echo]
Posted By Yukako,Aichi,Japan : 9:23 PM ET
What about "Stand and Deliver" by Adam and the Ants? Great song. Or maybe "Natural's Not in it" by Gang of Four.
Posted By Michael, Atlanta, GA : 9:31 PM ET
Anderson, I also think you should use "Break Me Shake Me" by Savage Garden.
Posted By Sarah Atlanta, GA : 9:40 PM ET
I think Cowboy Troy's "Man With the Microphone" would be a perfect theme song. In this song, CbT is trying to hold people accountable and stand up for those who are unheard. He even includes the people of Sudan, Darfur, and Somalia. This song comes off of CbT's new cd, "Black in the Saddle." In case you have not heard of Cowboy Troy, he is the rapper of country music and a part of the MuzicMafia, which includes Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich. Give the song a chance, and I'm sure you will be impressed. Thanks!

P.S. Anderson--thanks for all you do--keep doing it!
Posted By Jessica, Campbellsville, KY : 10:16 PM ET
Since campaigning is all about the song and dance, I'm going to suggest some fabulous showtunes.

"Popular" or "Dancing Through Life" - Wicked Original Broadway Cast

"Show Off" - The Drowsy Chaperon Original Broadway Cast

"Take Me or Leave Me" - RENT soundtrack

"Always look on the bright side of life" - Monty Python's Spamalot

Cheers!
Posted By Kim - Seaford, NY : 10:41 PM ET
Sorry CNN,

I like Hillary's choice. Right on the money!
Posted By Ratna, New York, NY : 10:49 PM ET
How about the The Monkees theme song?

Here we come....
Walkin' down the street...
Get the funniest looks from...
Everyone we meet....!
Posted By Fran, Chester VT : 10:50 PM ET
Who Can It Be Now? by Men at Work could be another apposite one.
Posted By Rebecca, Vancouver, WA : 10:51 PM ET
Hi. I like a lot of the Beatles and the "We're Not Gonna Take It" suggestions.

Two more:

"War Makes War" ("War makes war/ It won't bring peace/ It just makes more/ Without cease") by John Gorka, which uses MLK Jr's words. You could also use his "Good Noise" which is rather upbeat for him and is about people who complain instead of doing anything. I find Gorka's voice very soothing, which is what we will need throughout the campaigns.

Also, another great voice: Miguel Bose. His "Patria Bandera" is about a letter written home by a soldier who doesn't want to fight, and winds up getting killed. Added bonus: since it is in Spanish, it will tick off Lou Dobbs...

BTW, I was never a fan of Celine Dion, I couldn't wait for the people to die in Titanic (damn, that was an awful movie!), and I remember watching some awards show with a friend and joking about how Dion looked like a bobblehead about top topple over on the held notes over as her head was so much bigger than her body, BUT I must say that I was impressed with her right after Katrina, when she was justifiably outraged on Larry King's show. She was able to lose her composure-- and ruin her makeup-- and say what she felt. That moved me more than her singing ever could.

I just hope the people who vote for SONGS both here and on American Idol and the like will actually show up when their votes are really needed!
Posted By Norah, West Chester, PA : 10:57 PM ET
Hello, Anderson. Great idea!

How about:

1.) Let's Get it Started--The Black Eyed Peas

2.) Looking for a Leader--Neil Young

or, of course,

3.) Waiting for the World to Change--John Mayer
Posted By Evelyn White, Barrington, IL : 11:08 PM ET
I think that the music of the nation should be the embodiment of the heart of it's people. Having said that, I nominate "Saber Dance" by Khachaturian.
Posted By Ian Torre from Riverside, ca : 11:12 PM ET
Dream Theater - Ministry of Lost souls
Posted By Ian Torre from Riverside, ca : 11:20 PM ET
Anderson,

Here are lyrics to a song I wrote with Bill Maier called LEAN:


Squeeze a little tighter while we take this turn
We gotta do it as a team or we’ll crash and burn
Flyin’ down the highway’s such a beautiful thing
But it takes a little Harley choreography


Lean to the left, lean to the right
Wrap your arms around me, baby and hold on tight
Sometimes ya wanna smile, sometimes ya wanna scream
Just lean


Baby, you and me grew up like oil and water
I’m a redneck rebel, you’re a blue state daughter
Took off faster than a chopper with a turbine jet
They said we’d never make it but we ain’t crashed yet


Lean to the left, lean to the right
Wrap your arms around each other and we hold on tight
Sometimes ya wanna smile, sometimes ya wanna scream
We just lean


Girl, I’m takin’ you with me wherever I go
Got a full tank o’ gas and an open road
Steerin’ for the middle and gunnin’ on the greens
If life tries to throw us, baby, follow my lead


Lean to the left, lean to the right
Wrap your arms around me, baby, just hold on tight
Down the road there’s some curves that’ll make you wanna scream
Just lean
Yeah, we’ll just lean
Lean
Posted By Janet Goodman, Miami, FL : 11:24 PM ET
Are we allowed to vote for someone else's suggestion? I'm not sure who suggested it first but Elvis' 'A Little Less Conversation' seems pretty perfect to me:

A little less conversation, a little more action please
All this aggravation ain't satisfactioning me
A little more bite and a little less bark
A little less fight and a little more spark
Close your mouth and open up your heart and baby satisfy me


Sounds like a perfect response to campaigning to me. (And if you can't dance to Elvis you've got troubles.)
Posted By Claire Colvin, White Rock, BC : 11:25 PM ET
two songs to choose from

1: All you need is love by The Beatles

2: Twist and Shout by The Beatles (if you wanted a dance tune)
Posted By charles Davenport, Iowa : 12:36 AM ET
Billy Joel's "We didn't start the fire"!
Posted By Mary Fiorentino West Springfield, MA 01089 : 1:20 AM ET
Anderson - love your show! And you! :)

How about "Waiting on the World to Change" by John Mayer? Not my favorite song, but it's catchy, relevant, and trendy.

"Me and all my friends
We're all misunderstood
They say we stand for nothing
There's no way we ever could
Now we see everything is going wrong
With the world and those who lead it
We just feel like we don't have the means
To rise above and beat it"
Posted By Renee from Harrisonburg, VA : 1:32 AM ET
Hey Anderson,

I already made a suggestion yesterday (it was "Holiday" by Greenday) but I just realized that the lyrics in the bridge part of that song might be a little bit "out there" (because it's a bit vulgar and I have read somewhere in the internet that it was written as a sort of protest against Pres. Bush and his policies), but I guess you can always cut that part out (if you decide to choose that one) either way, I would like to suggest another song -- how about "ELEVATION" by U2? It's a very catchy song and at the same time, it cannot possibly upset anyone (Pres. Bush, hardcore Celine Dion fans, your bosses etc.). Thanks.
Posted By Eudan Bantola, Manila, Philippines : 2:10 AM ET
Jim O'Rourke - Therefore I Am

It has a great beat, you can dance to it; I'd give it a 10.
Posted By Mary Ann, Colorado : 2:11 AM ET
Call me a political cynic, but the first songs I came up with were
"We've Got A Big Mess On Our Hands" by The Academy Is..., "Circles" by Soul Coughing, "Kiss Me Son Of God" by They Might Be Giants and "Dirty Little Secret" by All-American Rejects

Perhaps a more fitting/less cynical choice might be "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song" by The Flaming Lips:

If you could blow up the world with the flick of a switch
Would you do it?
If you could make everyobody poor just so you could be rich
Would you do it?
If you could watch everybody work while you just lay on your back
Would you do it?
If you could take all the love without fiving any back
Would you do it?
And so we cannot know ourselves or what we'd really do...

With all your power
With all your power
With all your power
What would you do?

If you could make your own money and then give it to everybody
Would you do it?
If you knew all the answers and could give it to the masses
Would you do it?
No no no no no no are you crazy?
It's a very dangerous thing to do exactly what you want
Because you cannot know yourself or what you'd really do

With all your power
With all your power
With all your power
What would you do?

Looking forward to the dancing, Anderson (c'mon, if Tucker Carlson can do it, you can!)
Posted By Susan, Fairmount, Indiana : 2:22 AM ET
I have a really great song that always makes me think about the state of politics/government and the American public's apathy toward the whol political process. It is a song by Alice Peacock and it is called "I'll Start With Me' Below are the lyrics.

Well, we do okay with the things God gave us,
But, will it be enough when it's time to save us.
One in three can't read, so many mouths to feed,
We just sit and wait like a loaded gun,
We cloak ourselves in the great tradition,
The United States of acquisition.

Every man for himself, it's just me and no one else,
Will we ever learn there's a price to pay.

America the free, wake up from your fantasy,
Is the nation so divided we can't see.
That there's work to be done, somethin' there for everyone,
I know - I'll start with me.

Six o'clock it's another story, gunman down in a blaze of glory,
Only ten years old, makes my blood run cold,
And the press descends like birds of prey.

Politicians stay in office, far too long to vote their conscience,
Lobbied, bought and sold, trading votes for gold,
They've forgotten that they work for us.

America the free, wake up from your fantasy,
Is the nation so divided we can't see.
That there's work to be done, somethin' there for everyone,
I know - I'll start with me.

For the beast to stay alive, it has to feed,
That's why in times of peace, they create an enemy,
What we called the big, red scare is just my neighbor over there,
With hopes and dreams, the same as me.

America the free, wake up from your fantasy,
Is the nation so divided we can't see.
That there's work to be done, somethin' there for everyone,
I know - I'll start with me.

Well, we do okay with the things God gave us...
Posted By Natalie in Southern Illinois : 2:40 AM ET
Hey Anderson, I realize this isn't really a theme song for the debate--but maybe this is a song for the candidates to hear. Mr. Lincoln by Hank Williams, Jr from his Major Moves CD
Posted By Donna, Church Hill, TN : 2:52 AM ET
"The Seeker" by The Who. Can't beat it for the occaision.
Posted By Ashish SLC, UT : 3:18 AM ET
In Defense of Leo Sayer:

"When I Need You" just came on Sirius satellite radio - so easy to sing the harmony that's a Third below the melody.

Anderson, you're just jealous of the guy's big hair.

My vote for the campaign anthem:

(OK, this dates me)

Hanful of Promises by Big Fun
(80's tune).

"You gave me promises, promises...."
Posted By Julie San Diego, CA : 3:34 AM ET
Great question! You can't dance to it, but Burt Bacharach's "Promises Promises" would be a great theme song for political coverage. Here are the lyrics:

Promises, promises
I'm all through with promises, promises now
I don't know how I got the nerve to walk out
If I shout, remember I feel free
Now I can look at myself and be proud
I'm laughing out loud

Oh, promises, promises
This is where those promises, promises end
I don't pretend that what was wrong can be right
Every night I sleep now, no more lies
Things that I promised myself fell apart
But I found my heart
Oh, promises, their kind of promises, can just destroy a life
Oh, promises, those kind of promises, take all the joy from life
Oh, promises, promises, my kind of promises
Can lead to joy and hope and love
Yes, love!!

Every night I sleep now, no more lies
Things that I promised myself fell apart
But I found my heart
Oh, promises, their kind of promises can just destroy a life
Oh, promises, those kind of promises take all the joy from life
Oh, promises, promises, my kind of promises
Can lead to joy and hope and love
Yes, love!!
Posted By Brian, Las Vegas : 5:41 AM ET
How about the classic "Wind of Change" by the Scorpions. Part of the Lyrics are:

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
In the wind of change

The wind of change blows straight
Into the face of time
Like a stormwind that will ring
The freedom bell for peace of mind
Let your balalaika sing
What my guitar wants to say

For me, that is what the next presidential election will be all about: change and the hopes that things will get better.
Posted By Sarah, Germany : 5:48 AM ET
Anderson,
How about "Stars are blind" by Paris err "she who must not be named"?? I mean she's gonna be out of jail soon, maybe she'll come sing it live!!

Seriously though I like the John Mayer "waiting on the world to change"
Posted By Shay, Cincinnati Ohio : 7:47 AM ET
Hey Anderson,
How about the theme song from
The Bunkers you know " ....those were the days...."
As a Canadian who watches you without fail,I find it quite sad that you have to be a billionaire to run to serve your country , raise millions of dollars; really is this public service or pay per view, or hey pay for a politician.!!! I realize that it cost alot of money to fund slur campaigns as I am sure this will develope into; oh! and rest assured we have the same thing here in Canada, although not to the extent ; I must apologize I digress, you relly should consider Edith and Archie, I know old fashioned and you probably want to be young and hip , but being only the same age as yourself,this may promote the "Happy Days" feeling.
Sincerly
Vic
Posted By Victor Arthurs, New Brunswick , Canada : 7:55 AM ET
How about 'The Revolution Starts Now" by Steve Earle. It's from the Fahrenheit 911 sound track. I'm sure you won't use this because of its underlying political message but Thomas Jefferson once said that we should have a revolution every 4 years in our country.
Posted By Karen, Longwood. Fl. : 8:29 AM ET
Anderson:

Please disregard my previous suggestion of "Another One Bites The Dust" because I found the PERFECT song..."Let Freedom Ring" by Barry Manilow.

I went on a mission and searched my music collection, including albums (yes, I still have some vinyl) to find the right song for your political segments and I think this is it....hope you think so too.
Posted By Kim, Bolingbrook, IL : 9:16 AM ET
Brilliant. This is brilliant. Condolences on losing the Celine song, though. We'll try to help make up for it.

You realize with the no-Journey rule, you're missing out on some huge possibilities. "Who's Crying Now," for instance. Or "Any Way You Want It." Or, a bipartisan possibility, "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)." Rethink this, Anderson, before another campaign grabs it up!

Abba? Can we have Abba? Think about it! "WATERLOO!!!"

While waiting on the Abba ruling, my nominations:

"We Gotta Get Outta This Place," by the Animals (Grand Funk recorded it too, but the Animals rule). Let's just think of all the places we gotta get out of right now: war, obesity, and Not-Even-Close-To-Reality TV.

"Eight Days a Week," by the Beatles. The meaning being, in seven days' worth of newscasts, Anderson Cooper actually brings us eight days' worth of news.

And if the entire universe didn't regularly misinterpret this song, Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" would be perfect. But then irony is not politics' strong suit.

There's a start. I'm off to consider Abba.

Waterloo - I was defeated, you won the war
Waterloo - promise to love you for ever more
Waterloo - couldn’t escape if I wanted to
Waterloo - knowing my fate is to be with you
Waterloo - finally facing my waterloo

My my, I tried to hold you back but you were stronger
Oh yeah, and now it seems my only chance is giving up the fight
And how could I ever refuse
I feel like I win when I lose

(And, in the way of sound bites, that is ALL the lyrics. They just repeat. And repeat. And repeat.)
Posted By artgirl : 9:34 AM ET
I have two suggestions:

Policy of Truth - Depeche Mode

Or considering the current state of US government:

The theme song from the Benny Hill Show.

amanda, kittery, me
Posted By amanda : 10:02 AM ET
I suggest Linkin Park - No More Sorrow
Posted By Craig - Fort Lee, NJ : 10:07 AM ET
Has anyone suggested Elected by Alice Cooper --- or --- When I'm President by Extreme ?
Posted By xtina - chicago IL : 11:12 AM ET
Hi Anderson

Gotta go with Aerosmith's "Livin' on the Edge". It just says so clearly what most of us are thinking:

There's somethin' wrong with the world today
I don't know what it is
Something's wrong with our eyes

We're seein' things in a different way
And God knows it ain't his
It shore ain't no surprise

Livin' on the edge
Livin' on the edge
Livin' on the edge
Livin' on the edge

There's somethin' wrong with the world today
The light bulb's gettin dim
There's meltdown in the sky

If you can judge a wise man
By the color of his skin
Then mister you're a better man than I

[Chorus:]
Livin' on the edge
You can't help yourself from fallin'
Livin' on the edge
You can't help yourself at all
Livin' on the edge
You can't stop yourself from fallin'
Livin' on the edge

Tell me what you think about your sit-u-a-tion
Complication - aggravation
Is getting to you

If chicken little tells you that the sky is fallin'
Even if it wasn't would you still come crawlin'
Back again
I bet you would my friend
Again & again & again & again & again

Tell me what you think about your sit-u-a-tion
Complication - aggravation
Is getting to you

If chicken little tells you that the sky is fallin'
Even if it was would you still come crawlin'
Back again
I bet you would my friend
Again & again & again & again

Something right with the world today
And everybody knows it's wrong
But we can tell 'em no or we could let it go
But I'd would rather be a hanging on
[Chorus]

Livin' on the edge
Livin' on the edge
Livin' on the edge
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
[Chorus]

Livin' on the edge
You can't help yourself
You can't help yourself
Livin' on the edge
You can't help yourself at all
Livin' on the edge
You can't help yourself
You can't help yourself
Livin' on the edge
You can't help yourself
You can't help yourself
Livin' on the edge
You can't help yourself from fallin'

Love your show! Keep it up!

Derek Dunbar
Sacramento, CA
Posted By Anonymous : 11:20 AM ET
Hey Anderson,

I think the song you should choose should be "Presidente" by Kinky. It has a really great beat and I think the message of the song is pretty fitting. It's pretty much saying this is what's going on now, what are you going to do about it Mr. or Ms. President.
Posted By De Andra Kenoly, Spokane, WA : 11:43 AM ET
"I'm So Bored With the USA" by The Clash captures the current national mood perfectly...especially the line "never mind the stars and stripes, lets print the watergate tapes!" Also, it is guaranteed that no politician will steal it as a campaign song!
Suzanne, Detroit, MI
Posted By Suzanne, Detroit, MI : 11:58 AM ET
Don't I feel sheltered. I never heard of Scissor Scissor and I am 31. I had to go to Napster to listen.

Having said that. I think Bon Jovi's "Have a Nice Day" would be a fun song to listen while we sleep, I mean watch the debates.
Posted By Darla, Scott, Louisiana : 12:47 PM ET
How about:

Hit the Road Jack - Ray Charles
Yakkity Sax - Boots Randolph (Benny Hill fans will know the tune)
BYOB - System of a Down
Be Yourself - Audioslave.

Nice to see the report on the Rice Lake, WI airport - it's about 50 miles north of my city. At least Wisconsin makes the news for something.... Yikes.
Posted By Theresa, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin : 12:59 PM ET
How about Let it Be by The Beatles or Hate War by The Clash
Posted By Meagan, Alpharetta Georgia : 1:25 PM ET
Great, Hillary picks a Canadian. I vote for Brooklyn's Barry Manilow's "Let Freedom Ring"!
Posted By Helene Rochester, NY : 1:32 PM ET
Hi!

You could use "Take Me Out" with Franz Ferdinan.
The instrumental part of the song is very good.

Hennie, Norway
Posted By Anonymous : 1:38 PM ET
Five words Anderson....

Foo Fighters - In Your Honor.
"Mine is yours and yours is mine
There is no divide
In your honor I would die tonight
Mine is yours and yours is mine
I will sacrifice
In your honor I would die tonight
For you to feel alive"

Ever candidate should have this instilled in them as they are being selected by and will ultimately serve the people.

Of course....perhaps with the current administration the refrain may read:
"Yours is mine and mine is mine
There's a great divide
In my honor you would die tonight
Yours is mine and mine is mine
I will sacrifice
In my honor you would die tonight
For me to feel alive"
Posted By Porter - Pittsburgh : 2:02 PM ET
I have to go with Amanda @ 10:02 am suggestion...The theme song to The Benny Hill show. Not sure if you can us it do to copyright issues but yeah...I think it would be quite fitting.
Posted By Rachel-Albuquerque, NM : 2:28 PM ET
Didn't get in earlier, so will try again.

WIPEOUT: Good beat, no lyrics, and isn't that what we're trying to do to all the dishonest politicians?

I think it's from the early 80's, but I'm not sure. May be done by Jan & Dean.

Mags
Posted By Maggie, Grain Valley, MO : 2:38 PM ET
Star Spangled Banner - U2 (Rattle and Hum)

Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2

What Would You Say? - Dave Matthews Band

OK, I'm done. Really.
Posted By Jen NY, NY : 3:10 PM ET
I already submitted two potential songs so this has nothing to do with your request for theme music.

Just have to comment on last night's hilarious, creative and wonderful Kathy Griffin's "I love you Anderson" declaration and much more of course. OMG, that was awesome, I usually don't like her but I think I do now. I think she spoke for many women. Poor Anderson, he was so embarrassed and blush in the face. It was GREAT! You guys should have her on the show someday.

Anderson, you are the object of much affection and admiration. Thank you Gloria for giving birth to a wonderful son. :<)
Posted By Mariela, New York, NY : 3:21 PM ET
"Democracy" by Leonard Cohen
Posted By AK, Savannah, GA : 3:24 PM ET
An obvious choice would be Todd Rundgren's "Public Servant" (public servant, public slave, just one big long slide from the cradle to the grave).

Going back to the activism of the 70's: Chi-Lites "Power to the People" or Isley's "Fight the Power".

For sheer drama, the instrumental opening of Soundgarden's "Rusty Cage" will grab viewers' attention.
Posted By M. Kaiser, Seattle, Washington : 3:24 PM ET
Anderson,

I consulted MY BOSS and he suggested "Super Freak." So tell YOUR BOSS that this suggestion came from another BOSS. Aren't bosses a font of wisdom?
Posted By Charlotte D, Stockton CA : 4:29 PM ET
David Bowie "Young Americans"

That song has a beat you can dance to.
Posted By Rachel M. Orlando, FL : 4:32 PM ET
How about the Venzuela National Anthem?
Posted By Perry, Dallas, Texas : 5:04 PM ET
A few ideas:
The Final Countdown - Europe :)
Me Gustas Tu? - Manu Chao
Reason to Believe - Jaci Velasquez
I will survive

Still thinking .. :)
Posted By Julia Graney, West Chicago, IL : 5:09 PM ET
Hey Anderson,
Here are some other suggestions.
Now,I chose them for the rythm,or the lyrics or the tittle. Ok,some are sarcastic,but hey,couldn't help it!!
"Final Countdown"-Europe
"Relax,take it easy"-Mika
"Wind of change"-Scorpion
"Get down on it"-Kool and the gang
"Policy of truth"-Depeche Mode
"Get dress for success"-??
"Burning down the house"-Talking Heads
"It's my life"-Bon Jovi
"Have a nice day"-Bon Jovi
"Living on a prayer"-Bon Jovi
"Who says you can't go home"-Bon Jovi(ok,that one you could have Bill Clinton sing it:-)
"I can't get no satisfaction"-Rolling Stones
"Respect"-Aretha
"Money,money"-Billy Idol
"Kiss you off"-Scissor Sisters
and my favorite:
"LIE ...IT'S ALLRIGHT"-Bo Bice
(here are some of the lyrics:
"Your so good at telling lies
I'm like here we go again.."""

Have fun choosing you guys. You could have a party with all the ideas you are given.
Ok,there's one visual I can't get out of my head. You could choose "Girl just want to have fun" by Cindy Loper and have Hillary Clinton forming a duo with say....Nancy Pelosi. Now, that would be something to remember!!;-))
Joanne R.
Laval Quebec
Posted By Joanne R.Laval Quebec : 6:17 PM ET
I just had a thought for another song. I am hoping Tom Foreman will concur with this request. "Get Your Head in the Game", a theme song from Disney's High School Musical.

I just read an article about ole Tom. Apparently he loved musicals in high school.

Adds CNN's Foreman: "There is something that's unique about the musical. It's utterly contrived and odd to imagine people jumping up and breaking into song. But everyone's had those days where the birds are singing just right and the sun is shining just right, and you want to just break into song."

Tom, reminds me of some of the video coverage we will be hearing on Raw Politics that we will be seeing on July 5th. Just wondering Tom, will you ever break into song on Raw Politics.

I wonder if someone from The Met can comment on the candidate's singing abilities. Let's see we will have a few tenors. I wonder..how many sopranos? Who needs Comedy Central when we have Tom and 360.
Posted By Renee Bradenton, FL : 7:40 PM ET
Songs to Ponder...

1.Who made Who–ACDC
2.Say You Say Me–Lionel Riches
3.Times They Are A- Changin’–Bob Dylan
4.Takin’it To The Streets-Doobie Brothers
5.Give Me The Beat Boys-Doobie Brothers
6.Eve Of Destruction–Buffalo Springfield
7.Everybody Must Get Stoned–Bob Dylan
8.Everybody Plays the Fool–Aaron Neville
9.Against The Wind–Bob Segar
10.Ooh Child–The Spinner
11.Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow–Fleetwood Mac
12.Living In AMERICA–James Brown
13.Amazing Grace - Billy Cyrus



Print: AC DC - Who Made Who Lyrics –
ACDC First song they had was played in Flint MI - 1977

The video game says "Play me"
Face it on a level but it takes you every time on a one on one
Feeling running down your spine
Nothing gonna save your one last dime cause it owns you
Through and through

The databank knows my number
Says I gotta pay cause I made the grade last year
Feel it when I turn the screw
Kicks you round the world, there ain't a thing that it can't do
Do to you

CHORUS:
Who made who, who made you?
Who made who, ain't nobody told you?
Who made who, who made you?
If you made them and they made you
Who picked up the bill, who? And who made who?

Who made who, who turned the screw?

Satellites send me picture
Get it in the eye, take it to the world (take it to the wire)
Spinning like a dynamo
Feel it going round and round
Running out of chips, you got no line in an 8-bit town
So don't look down, no

CHORUS

Ain't nobody told you, who made who?
Posted By Jill Carr. YPSILANTI, MI : 8:03 PM ET
I believe with all the distrust of our current government that the following would be a good choice for your program.

Speak by Godsmack

Free, you better love me.
In time, you'll run away, from all your yesterdays!

Speak the truth, or make your peace some other way ahh yeah, yeah.
I never knew, but I believe that your trust in me,
Oh, will speak to me.

In way beyond your controlling mind.
And no more believing in all your precious lies!

Speak the truth, or make your peace some other way ahh yeah, yeah.
I never knew, but I believe that your trust in me,
Oh, will speak to me.
Speak the truth, or make your peace some other way ahh yeah, yeah.
I never knew, but I believe that your trust in me,
Oh, will speak to me.

(solo)

Speak the truth, or make your peace some other way ahh yeah, yeah.
I never knew, but I believe that your trust in me.
Oh, will speak to me.
Speak the truth, or make your peace some other way ahh yeah, yeah.
I never knew, but I believe that your trust in me.
Oh, will speak to me.

SPEAK!

WHOA, SPEAK!

SPEAK!

WHOA, SPEAK!

SPEAK!
Posted By Mark Matthews Kansas City, MO : 8:15 PM ET
Haha Anderson, this is awesome. But no Journey? You're killing me! =D

1. Cheap Trick- I Want You To Want Me
2. Sister Scissors- Filthy/Gorgeous
3. My Chemical Romance- Black Parade
4. Augustana- Boston
5. Jon bon Jovi- Shot Through the Heart
6. I gotta second John Mayer's Waiting on the World to Change
Posted By Claire- Birmingham, AL : 8:34 PM ET
Okay, okay. My suggests are:

1.) Rescue Me by The Alarm (Would be pretty spectacular! Really!)

2.) Time & Confusion by Anberlin

3.) Don't Be So Hard by TheAudition

Please no John Mayer or U2. PLEASE, Anderson, PLEASE! Do something new and exciting! If I have to hear one more John Mayer or U2 song when a politician is involved... dlfjsfjskdf.

OH! OH! And just for kicks - We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel.
Posted By Krist - Mount Holly, NJ : 8:57 PM ET
You can't go wrong with "You're the one that I want" from the 'Grease' soundtrack.
Posted By Dusty from Carnation : 9:16 PM ET
Supermassive Blackhole by Muse just seems to work
Posted By Felicity, Shreveport, LA : 9:37 PM ET
Anderson and 360 team,

Here are my suggestions:

Grace Kelly / Mika - Great, upbeat song with a message about being yourself, and not giving in to the pressure to be what other people want you to be. I for one wish candidates would - to coin a phrase from the real world - "stop being polite and start getting real." (one possibly questionable lyric in the middle-could easily be bypassed w/ editing.)

All in this Together / Ben Lee - Says it all. We're all in this together.

I Want You to Want Me / Cheap Trick - Because all the candidates want us to want them.

Keep up the good work, can't wait for the debates.
Posted By Joe, Houston, Texas : 9:53 PM ET
Well, I suppose that song by The Heiress Who Shall Not Be Named is off the table... Bummer.

How about "Right Here, Right Now" by Jesus Jones as an optimistic, potentially dance-able choice?

Thanks for your coverage!
Posted By Susan, Ashland MA : 12:19 PM ET
Hey buddy, how about "Good People" by Jack Johnson...amazingly true song, and you could dance to it, if you could get out of your chair, old man...just kidding :)

Good People

You win
It's your show, now
So what's it gonna be
'Cause people
Will tune in
How many train wrecks do we need to see?
Before we lose touch of
We thought this was low
It's bad getting worse so

[Chorus:]
Where'd all the good people go?
I've been changing channels
I don't see them on the TV shows
Where'd all the good people go?
We got heaps and heaps of what we sow

They got this and that and
With a rattle a tat
Testing one two,
Now what you gonna do?
Bad news, misused,
Got too much to lose
Gimme some truth
Now whose side are we on?
Whatever you say
Turn on the boob tube
I'm in the mood to obey
So lead me astray by the way, now

Where'd all the good people go?
I've been changing channels
I don't see them on the TV shows
Where'd all the good people go?
We got heaps and heaps of what we sow

Sitting round feeling far away
So far away but I can feel the debris
Can you feel it?
You interrupt me from a friendly conversation
To tell me how great its all gonna be
You might notice some hesitation
'Cause it's important to you, it's not important to me
Way down by the edge of your reasons
It's beginning to show
And all I really wanna know is...

Where'd all the good people go?
I've been changing channels
I don't see them on the TV shows
Where'd all the good people go?
We got heaps and heaps of what we sow

They got this and that
With a rattle a tat
Testing one, two
Now what you gonna do?
Bad news, misused, give me some truth
You got too much to lose
Whose side are we on today, anyway?
OK, whatever you say.
Wrong and resolute but in the mood to obey
Station to station desensitizing the nation
Going, going, gone.
Posted By Casey D. from Oley, PA : 2:09 PM ET
My choice would be:

"Dead Streets" by The Monotypes

I also suggest:

"Cobrastyle" by the Teddybears

"Nothing Left to Lose" by Mat Kearney

"Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley

I agree with:

"Better Days" by the Goo Goo Dolls

and

"A Little Less Conversation"-- but check out the remix that they use on the Ocean's 11 soundtrack- a little more modern and funkier.
Posted By Lynn E, Chicago, IL : 2:22 PM ET
Easy!

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen!

It's catchy, a classic, and the lyrics fit perfectly. "Tramps like us, maybe we were born to run!"
Posted By Danielle, San Diego, Calif. : 3:06 PM ET
Hey Anderson,

First off, love the show. anyway I think that the following songs would be kinda nice:

Talk Talk - It's My Life

Survivor - Eye of the Tiger

Don Henley - Heart of the Matter

And since Hilary chose a Canadian song, maybe you should too:

Bryan Adams - Everything I Do, I Do it For You
Posted By Jon Nguyen, Vancouver, BC : 3:55 PM ET
This is easy, Alice Cooper's "I Wanna Be Elected".

btw, any relation Anderson?
Posted By Ted Y, Riverside California : 5:33 PM ET
Oh my, gosh...There are sooo many! Kudos to everyone! I agress with Aerosmith's "Livin' on the Edge" It's almost "too" perfect. But here are some of my own selections from my vast library...

1. Come Sail Away-Styx
2. Hanginaround-Counting Crows (thats all those politicians ever do anyway)
3. Everyone Hurts-R.E.M.
4. Free Fallin'-Tom Petty
5. Snow (Hey Oh)-Red Hot Chili Peppers

I would also like to throw out "She Hates Me"-Puddle of Mudd
I know there are so cussin, but dang it, sometimes, I really do hate those politicians- hahah

Amber
Posted By Amber-Mannington, WVa : 9:02 PM ET
I get, though don't quite understand, that your opposed to Journey, but here's a thought worth it's weight:

If a republican wins the election, you should use Journey's "Don't Stop Believing".

It would be well beyond appropriate.
Posted By Will Pellett, Williamson NY : 11:23 PM ET
Hi Anderson,

Never miss your show, thanks for keeping them honest.

In view of Hillary taking your song, what about a song from another Great Lady and Great Canadian Artist, Anne Murray? :-)

My Choice for Hillary's Contest is my still my Fav. "Simply The Best" by Tina Turner. But, oh well.

Here's My Picks from Anne's Best:
1)(Sure Could Use) "A Little Good News Today"
2)"I Can See Clearly Now" (the rain is gone)
3)"Time Don't Run Out On Me"
4)"I Believe In You"
5)"Put a Little Love In Your Heart"
6) "The Other Side"
Posted By Tricia M Charlottetown PEI Canada : 11:55 AM ET
Hey Anderson.....How about the song Right From Wrong by the Xframes??? The title is appropriate because most politicians don't know right from wrong, the beat is great and you can definitely dance to it. But most importantly it features an electrifying performance by the DRUMMER, who just happens to be someone near and dear to our favorite anchor!!!
Posted By Allison New, Augusta, GA : 2:08 PM ET
How about "It's the end of the world as we know it..." Although I have never been more ready for an election in my entire life! These last years can't pass fast enough!
Posted By Sandra, Austin, TX : 3:48 PM ET
I think your song should be ," Ain't necessairly so" written by Beth Nielsen Chapman and sung by Willie Nelson on his Super Hits , Vol.2
Posted By Norma, Canada : 4:25 PM ET
I think my post didn't work the first time. So here it goes again...
1. America-Razorlight
2. American Way-Crystal Method
3. Fight For Your Mind-Ben Harper
4. We're All In This Together-Ben Lee
But I do think Democracy by Leonard Cohen, Policy of Truth by Depeche Mode and anything by the Clash would be perfect too!
Shelaugh, Vancouver Island BC, Canada
Posted By Shelaugh, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada : 8:34 PM ET
Oh Anderson, your so funny, if you pick my song, will You dance?!

Ok i do have a song, it reflects what is goin on now, it's the Temptations 'Ball of Confusion'.

and Rock on Anderson!!
Posted By Saba, Seattle, Washington : 8:56 PM ET
Thanks For The Memories by Fall Out Boy

If Everyone Cared by Nickelback

Crazy From Here by The Vinyl Trees

What I've Done by Linkin Park

You and Me by Lifehouse

It's Not Over by Daughtry

Beautiful Liar by Shakira and Beyonce

We Takin' Over by DJ Khaled [might have been better during the democratic party's sudden influx in the Senate.]

Karma Chameleon by Boy George [just for kicks]
Posted By Nicole, Newark, CA : 9:17 PM ET
"Razzle Dazzle" from Chicago the musical sound fitting...
Posted By Loretta- San Francisco, CA : 10:09 PM ET
I believe the perfect anthem for the upcoming election season is a classic song from the former kings of power pop, Cheap Trick:

"I Want You to Want Me"

Isn't that what all the candidates are saying along the long, winding election trail? It's fast-paced, it's got a great beat, it's got the screaming fans (Live at Budokan version) and it starts out with the quintessentially desperate plea for acceptance, "I...want...YOU...to...want...ME!". Screams!

First stanza:
"I want you to want me.
I need you to need me.
I'd love you to love me.
I'm beggin you to beg me."

There you have it. "I Want You to Want Me" by Cheap Trick. Perfect!
Posted By Drew, Grapevine, TX : 11:14 PM ET
Is it a good thing or a bad thing that I have no idea who Leo Sayer is ?!?!?!?

Did I really just age myself there?!?!?
Posted By Megan O. Toronto, ON Canada : 10:16 AM ET
Anderson,
There is one, and only one ...

Jackson Browne -
I Am a Patriot

And the river opens for the righteous (5 times)
Someday
I was walking with my brother
And he wondered what's on my mind
I said what I believe in my soul
Ain't what I see with my eyes
And we can't turn our backs this time
I am a patriot
And I love my county
Because my country is all I know
I want to be with my family
The people who understand me
I've got nowhere else to go
And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
Someday
And I was talking with my sister
She looked so fine
I said, Baby, what's on your mind?
She said, I want to run like the lion
Released from the cages
Released from the rages
Burning in my heart tonight
And I ain't no communist
And I ain't no capitalist
And I ain't no socialist
And I ain't no imperialist
And I ain't no democrat
And I ain't no republican
I only know one party
And it is freedom
I am, I am, I am
I am a patriot
And I love my country
Because my county is all I know
And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
Someday
And the river opens for the righteous...
Posted By Harold Poole Elkton, MD : 12:10 PM ET
Hmmm...Can we comment on the comments?? I vote The Beatles, Come Together.

Michelle, Atlanta, GA
Posted By Anonymous : 2:02 PM ET
OK, Anderson, I have another one for you. How about "Ch ch ch ch Changes" by David Bowie.

Lilibeth
Edmonds, WA
Posted By Lilibeth, Edmonds, WA : 2:04 PM ET
How about these songs:

We Gotta Get Out of this Place by The Animals

A Hard Day's Night by The Beatles

Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey by The Beatles

You Can't Always Get What You Want by the Rolling Stones

and for those particularly grueling days -

Mother's Little Helper by the Rolling Stones
Posted By Joan, Lansing, MI : 2:13 PM ET
Signal Fire by Snow Patrol
Posted By Chr N, Marietta, GA : 2:36 PM ET
Hello Mr. Cooper,
Rob Zombie's version of the smash hit 'Blitzkrieg Bop' by the worlds greatest Rock n' Roll band - Ramones - would certainly do the trick.
Thank you.
Posted By Tony Alberico, Kingston, NY : 2:44 PM ET
Hi Anderson, Here are some more songs that I can think of

1. Livin On A Prayers, by Bon Jovi

2. Who Says You Can't Go Home, by Bon Jovi

3. It's My Live, by Bon Jovi

Jennifer - From Anderson, South Carolina
Posted By Jennifer Dutton : 2:58 PM ET
We could use a bit of hope and anger. I decided to look up the top 3 most played songs on my Ipod and why I listen to them.

1. "Ooh Child" -- The Five Stairsteps: This is a good song of hope and encourages teamwork. We know that someday this administration will be over with. Since nothing is being done, we just have to wait for things to get better.

2. "Heard it All Before" - Sunshine Anderson: This is sum up this presidential administration. Frankly, I'm tired of these lies and runarounds. I just wish more prominent people would say so.

3. "Vehicle" - Blood, Sweat and Tears: Weird, but every time I hear this song, I think of the news media. Despite it being a pretty erotic song, it's pretty intense if you consider it from a media point of view. Then again, I think a lot of your viewers would be singing the "Great God in Heaven, you know I love you" to you personally. LOL!
Posted By United States of Erica : 3:01 PM ET
Here's our top 10 (in no particular order)...

Paid to Smile- The Lemonheads
Magical Mystery Tour- Beatles
Born To Run- Bruce Springsteen
I Will Follow- U2
Roam- B52s
Better Days – GooGoo Dolls
Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen
Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy – The Kinks
(Just like) Starting Over – John Lennon
When Tomorrow Comes – Eurythmics
Posted By Nancy & Nancy, Dover , NH : 3:40 PM ET
Hi Anderson,
"Dear Mr President" by Pink is a great song and maybe it will inspire the candidates to do better...
Or how about "The winner takes it all" by ABBA? (their song "Money, money, money" would also be a great theme-song for the ongoing earmarks story!) I'm looking forward to hearing the winning song! LOL, Kristien in Belgium
Posted By Kristien, Antwerp, Belgium : 3:45 PM ET
Hi Anderson!

How about song, "War" by Edwin Starr.

My daughter has this tune on her cell phone when I am calling her.

War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Uh-huh
War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again, y'all

War, huh, good God
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me

Ohhh, war, I despise
Because it means destruction
Of innocent lives

War means tears
To thousands of mothers eyes
When their sons go to fight
And lose their lives

I said, war, huh
Good God, y'all
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again......
Posted By Sharon D., Indianapolis, IN : 4:53 PM ET
Hey Anderson,

How about Rooney - When Did Your Heart Go Missing? Has absolutely nothing to do with politics or current events, but does contain a rockin' beat with an oldies feel.
Posted By Colleen N : 4:57 PM ET
Well, Anderson...I don't know if you will like my collection...I have a feeling you are a new-wave, techno type of gent. However, I have some selections for you, some are really good, others are better.

1. "We All Want the Same Thing" - Kevin Michael
2. "Gimme Some Truth" - Jaguares
3. "If Everyone Cared" - Nickelback
4. "Things Can Only Get Better" - Howard Jones
5. "I Predict a Riot" - Kaiser Chiefs
6. "Beautiful Liar" - Beyonce & Shakira
Posted By Brandi, Lincoln, NE : 5:42 PM ET
Metric - Combat Baby
Sam Roberts - Bridge To Nowhere
The Hush Sound - We Intertwined
The Academy Is... - Slow Down
Spoon - The Way We Get By

Or, you know.

S Club 7 - Reach
Because you can never go wrong with British pop bands who had their own television show.
(It is scary how appropriate that song actually might be.)
Posted By Sarah R., Toronto, ON : 6:25 PM ET
The movie "V for Vendetta" has great soundtrack by the artist "Muse"
title of song: "exo-politics"
Lots of great beat and gitar rock.
Posted By Ratna, New York, NY : 6:54 PM ET
Big Girls Don't Cry by the 4 Seasons!
Posted By Chris, Chicago, IL : 7:38 PM ET
ok anderson & co. -- we have sent in bazillions of suggestions -- let's here your comments on the ones' you guys like (and the one's you don't). I have decided to cast mny final vote for the song "Nobdoy's side" from the Musical "Chess" as my top choice. And yes, it's true, this was written by the two guys from ABBA so it has all the cheese factor going for it as well as perfect election lyrics:

begin lyrics excerpts

What's going on around me
Is barely making sense
I need some explanations fast
I see my present partner
In the imperfect tense
And I don't see how we can last
I feel I need a change of cast
Maybe I'm on nobody's side.

And when he gives me reasons
To justify each move
They're getting harder to believe ...

Everybody's playing the game
But nobody's rules are the same
Nobody's on nobody's side
Better learn to go it alone
Recognize you're out on your own
Nobody's on nobody's side ... "

end excerpts
Posted By Camille, Alexandria, Virginia : 8:27 PM ET
Queen

"Princes of the Universe"

Here we are, born to be kings
We're the princes of the universe
Here we belong, fighting to survive
In a world with the darkest powers

Hey...
And here we are
We're the princes of the universe
Here we belong, fighting for survival
We've come to be the rulers of your world

Oh!
I am immortal
I have inside me blood of kings (Yeah, yeah!)
I have no rival
No man can be my equal
Take me to the future of new earth

Born to be kings, princes of the universe
Fighting and free, got your world in my hand
I'm here for your love and I'll make my stand
We were born to be princes of the universe
No man could understand
My power is in my own hand

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
People talk about you
People say you've had your day
I'm a man that will go far
Fly the moon and reach for the stars
With my sword and head held high
Got to pass the test first time, yeah
I know that people talk about me
I hear it every day
But I can prove them wrong 'cause I'm right first time
Yeah yeah

Alright, let's go, let's go
Haha!
Yeh...watch this man fly
Bring on the girls
C'mon C'mon C'mon!

Here we are (here we are)
Born to be kings, we're princes of the universe
Here will we belong

Born to be kings, princes of the universe
Fighting and free, got your world in my hand
I'm here for your love and I'll make my stand
We were born to be princes of the universe
Posted By Dan Marcel, Knoxville, TN : 8:28 PM ET
How about " Who do ya love "
By George Thorogood.
Anderson, love you and your show !!!
Posted By Dee Trupp, Dallas Texas : 9:37 PM ET
I've got it!

"Who Let the Dogs out?"
Posted By Lisa, Tampa, Florida : 10:41 PM ET
Maybe "Innuendo" by Queen, the lyrics are pretty fitting. there are many appropriate queen songs actually...
Posted By Amy, Philly, PA : 10:46 PM ET
I think The Election by Ordained Fate, Copyright 1992 should be used. The lyrics are as follows:

Let me be your leader.
Let me be your liar.
Let me be your President.
Your resident gun for hire.
I'll slander my opponent.
Make promises I can't keep.
Call me a political slut.
But I won't lose no sleep.
I want to live in Washington
And I'll do anything to win
The Election

I want to rule the world.
I want the power
In man's final hour.
By world domination
I'll set you free.
Utopia's a vote away
If you vote for me.
I'll sink to low degree
To infiltrate your sympathies.
I prey on your dreams and home
In the end I'm gonna buy your votes.
If I do a real good job
You'll never figure out
You're being robbed.

Let me be your liar.
Let me be your President.
Your resident gun for hire.
I'll slander my opponent.
Make promises I can't keep.
Call me a political slut.
But I won't lose no sleep.
I want to live in Washington
And I'll do anything to win
The Election
Posted By Wilf Csaplar Jr., Bethany, WV USA : 10:47 PM ET
I think you should check out Election Year Rag by Steve Goodman. It is a bouncy little song and right on the subject.
Posted By Lillie Snell, Houston, TX : 10:48 PM ET
Anderson,
I think a great song would be "What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes. It asks the question that's on everyone's mind right now "WHAT'S GOING ON!!!!". Thanks and you're the best!
Posted By Diane, Avon, MN : 10:49 PM ET
Hi Anderson,

My recommendation for a song for your election coverage is:

"Take On Me" by a-Ha.

Thanks!
Posted By Phelps, Montreal, QC : 11:05 PM ET
Anderson,

You're a Radiohead fan, right? (or one of the producers?) Seems like I've seen you use Paranoid Android as an intro. Anyway, here are my suggestions (with reasons in parenthesis):


1. Electioneering by Radiohead (OK Computer)

I will stop, I will stop at nothing.
Say the right things when electioneering
I trust I can rely on your vote.

(strong beat, perfect lyrics, a little spooky but not as scary as John McCain in the first R debate)

2. Dollars and Cents by Radiohead (Amnesiac)

...we are the DOLLARS & CENTS
and the PoUNDS and Pence
the MARK and the YEN
We are going to crack your little souls
We are going to crack your little souls

(cool, moody beat with the "dollars and cents...pounds and pence" chorus--and elections, of course, are about the dollars and cents))

3. There There by Radiohead (Hail to the Thief)

there's always a siren
singing you to shipwreck.
(don't reach out, don't reach out)
steer away from these rocks
we'd be a walking disaster.
(don't reach out, don't reach out)

...we are accidents
waiting waiting to happen.

(above lyrics are fitting; but, the best sound for an intro is probably the drum laden intro--maybe)

4. Talk Show Host by Radiohead (from the Street Spirit Fade Out Single)

(mainly for the title, but the music is perfect too--note: it has some expletives in the lyrics, so be careful)


Even if you don't use these on the show, this is music you really should have! Good work on the show.

Steve L.
Posted By Steve L., Norman, OK : 11:12 PM ET
My suggestion for the political theme song is "Die Another Day" by Madonna.
Madeliene Bolden
Posted By Madeliene Bolden, Atlanta, Georgia : 11:43 PM ET
Power to the people - As performed by Black Eyed Peas or Waiting on the World to change by John Mayer.

p.s. love you Anderson!
Posted By Florence from Burbank, CA : 11:43 PM ET
Dear Anderson,
I would like to suggest for the political theme song "Die Another Day" by Madonna.

This song is about making it through the hard times. Changing for the better and for the stronger. I think this song has a great beat to dance to and it is cool.

Keep it rockin'
Madeliene Bolden
Posted By Madeliene Bolden; Atlanta, Georgia : 11:50 PM ET
"Waiting on the World to Change" by John Mayer! A young rocker, making a great statement.
Posted By Liz, Bloomington, IN : 12:05 AM ET
Hi Anderson
Here are theme song for CNN's presidential race coverage

Queen "we will rock you"
Posted By Amy Nevarez from PEace College : 1:04 AM ET
Baby boomers will remember this song - perfect for the current political situation - Got Along Without YOu Before I Met You Gonna Get Along Without You Now
Posted By Karen - Vancouver WA : 1:38 AM ET
If you want a real campaign song, how about a rockin' protest song from an era gone by: Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival. The lyrics speak to the type of candidate we should have.
Posted By Tim, Baltimore, MD : 2:51 AM ET
What about Joe Strummer's "War Cry"? It's got a good beat, it's easy to dance to, I give it a....well, you get the idea.
Posted By Barbara, Las Vegas, NV : 2:52 AM ET
I was thinking "Dirty" by Christina Aguilera I know this probably doesn't reflect Anderson's choice of music, nor does it mind, but who wouldn't want to see Hilary Clinton reenact the video for this song? After all she's already an internet video star, she just needs to take a page out of Paris Hilton's play book and she'll win the election for sure.
Posted By Shane, Surfside, CA : 2:53 AM ET
Hi, Anderson...
I want to thank you so much for the time and thought you put into AC360. My husband and I start our morning each day - at 5.00 a.m.! -with a cup of coffee and your show. It is the very best dose of American perspective news and special interest stories we get here in Nairobi. If, for some reason we are away from television - and this can happen here in Kenya! - or experience one of our frequent power outtages, we feel as if we have really missed an important part of the day...

Concerning a CNN election coverage theme song: Most of the suggestions I see on the blog are upbeat, as you requested... some are very good suggestions. However - and I don't think this has been mooted so far, as it is slower, more poignant - the Simon and Garfunkel ballad "America" immediately came to mind when you began asking for viewer suggestions. It would be an excellent lead in to CNN's important presidential campaign coverage.

The lyrics talk of two young people - likely not too far from being down and out - setting off on a bus "to look for America"...

Isn't this in essence what ALL Americans aspire to do in a myriad of ways? We are on a search in our own country, looking for what is good, what is right, what brings peace and understanding, prosperity, happiness ... that which works best and benefits the most. In a sense, the very country itself has been on a 231 year "search" for these things... For the mostpart, much of what has been sought has been found by a portion of the population, but many continue to search... The Simon and Garfunkel song is a reflection of the restless 60's, I know, but in many ways haven't we travelled almost full circle in that respect? So many of today's younger generation are restless, unsure of the future, unsure of their place in the greater society, fearful, distrustful of decisions made by lawmakers on their behalf...

All presidential candidates are vying for right to lead America. The next man (or woman) elected to the office "President of the United States of America" will oficially take up this responsibility, that of guiding the American people - ALL the American people - in an ongoing quest for all that is promised them in the documents set forth by the founding fathers ...

Considering the present state of the union - and the present state of our world, perhaps a more sober, lyrical song would serve CNN in this important coverage of the campaign and election of the next person to guide the people of the United States in "looking for America"?

I don't know if my comment and suggestion will stand out, or be read at all, considering the volume of response on this topic to your blog. Still, as an American living abroad for a number of years now, I've come to appreciate my country in ways that I never did when I actually resided in it. I felt compelled to at least place my suggestion (along with my opinions!) in the hat!

Keep up the good work, Anderson. You are in a position of great influence. I hope you will continue in the wisdom, insight and forethought that have been the hallmark of your career in broadcast journalism so far...JH, Nairobi
Posted By JH, Nairobi : 3:31 AM ET
My suggestion is a song I wrote. It's a parody and is on my myspace page at: www.myspace.com/lottetroublemusic

It's the second song listed, entitled "Voters, Do You Take It"

It's danceable, funny, tragic, and true all in one. Enjoy!
Posted By Lotte Trouble : 3:47 AM ET
I've watched the candidates in your debates. "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" comes to mind.
Posted By Gypsy, an American in Mexico : 4:14 AM ET
Hold the phones, here's the winner (at least one of these two):

Both songs from Neil Innes of The Rutles, Monty Python, Magical Mystery Tour, and Bonzo Dog Band fame:

"Lie Down and Be Counted"
link: http://www.neilinnes.org/L.htm#liedownandbecounted

"No Matter Who You Vote For, The Government Always Gets In"
link: http://www.neilinnes.org/N.htm#nomatter
Posted By John Bonnington, Sierra Madre, California : 4:24 AM ET
Hi Anderson,

Love your show! Very informative.
How about "Living In America" by James Brown.
Posted By Lori, Boston, MA. : 9:10 AM ET
"idioteque" by radiohead has THE best beat and anything from their "hail to the thief" album would suit, politically.
Posted By Meghan Richardson : 11:07 AM ET
Well, I'm going to go with my gut on this one and go with the first song I thought of when I read the blog:

"Help!" by the Beatles

I have to admit I am partial to the Beatles, but who isn't?
Posted By Katie York, NE : 11:11 AM ET
OKAY ANDERSON!

So what do you have against "Journey"? Bet you didn't like "Air Supply" either!

We agree on one artist, for sure! How about the late, great Johnny Cash? Can't think of anything more prophetic than:

SOONER OR LATER GOD WILL CUT YOU DOWN

No bad words, danceable, totally non-partisan! Sorry, Folsom Prison Blues is great but, not quite as applicable.

TCSS

Born Country,
Mags
Posted By Maggie, Grain Valley, MO : 11:26 AM ET
Anderson, how glorious would it be to use "The Final Countdown" by Europe as the campaign trail song? It just has the tune of a knock-down, drag-out.

And, who doesn't love the irony of having the artist "Europe" representing American politics, right?
Posted By Bailie, Tulsa, OK : 11:40 AM ET
Lord, please don't do anything like this again! It's driving me nuts, I can't stop!

Hopefully, this will be my last:

ELVIS' TRILOGY!

My pride shows everytime I hear this, and it's hard to hold back the tears.

TCSS
Margaret
Posted By Casey, Grain Valley, MO : 11:41 AM ET
I am king of partial to "Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Anderson. I think it describes our Political uproar to a tee.

Thank you.
Crystal, Charleston, WV
Posted By Crystal Malcomb : 12:12 PM ET
Hey, Cooper!

I forgot about "WAR". Great song, great suggestion! Don't remember who suggeated it, but it sure has my vote!

Okay, no more, I quit!!!

Maggie
Posted By Casey, Grain Valley, MO. : 2:05 PM ET
How about the very catchy, danceable and fitting song "I want you to want me" by Cheap Trick.

I want you to want me.
I need you to need me.
Id love you to love me.
Im beggin you to beg me....

Erika Juhasz, Richmond, VA
Posted By Anonymous : 2:52 PM ET
How about Alice Cooper "Elected" for the political theme song. It's so phoney - just like the candidates. Hurry before one of them takes it!

Michelle
St. Albans VT
Posted By Anonymous : 3:23 PM ET
Hello Anderson,
No doubt CNN would be covering everything from the highs and lows, the yea’s and nea’s, and the flips and flops from all of our candidates. No other news team has a better pulse on the political spectrum than CNN. Hmmm, a theme song for the presidential coverage to represent those efforts would have to be the Go-Go’s “We got the beat”. It’s great to dance to, represents the enthusiasm of the political coverage, and possibly will not make you run screaming from the set after listening to it over and over again. Come on, you know you like this one.

Cindy/Seattle
Posted By Anonymous : 3:30 PM ET
Dear Anderson:

I think the perfect song would be Bobby Darrin's A Simple Song of Fredom.

Thank you for your great job on everything you cover.
Posted By Geneva Jump, Santa Rosa, CA : 4:03 PM ET
oh, and ANOTHER good one is:

(Dragostea Din Tei) - O-Zone

I'm not going to lie... it has absolutely NOTHING to do with elections of any sort.

but it is a great song.

and I'm sure that everybody would LOVE to watch you dance to it, Anderson.

hahahahahaha
Posted By Sami, WI : 4:13 PM ET
Anderson,

Thanks for letting us all be a part of something that we obviously love to watch so much!! There are quite a few songs that come to mind, (many of them already listed), but I like this one the best.

"The Shape Of Things To Come" by The Ramones

There's a new sun Risin' up angry in the sky
And there's a new voice Sayin' "we'ere not afraid to die"
Let the old world make believe It's blind and deaf and dumb
But nothing can change the shape of things to come

There are changes Lyin' ahead in every road
And there are new thoughts Ready and waiting to explode
When tomorrow is today The bells may toll for some
But nothing can change the shape of things to come

The future's comin' in, now Sweet and strong
Ain't no-one gonna hold it back for long

There are new dreams Crowdin' out the old realities
There's revolution Sweepin' in like a fresh new breeze
Let the old world make believe It's blind and deaf and dumb
But nothing can change the shape of things To come.
Posted By Lisa, Kelso WA : 4:33 PM ET
Nellie Furtato Maneater
Sorry about the spelling :)
Posted By Stephanie Valpariso Indiana : 4:33 PM ET
Anderson,
here's another option - I think it'd be a fun choice :)

Unwritten
by Natasha Bedingfield

. . . It has a great beat, it's contemporary & the lyrics fit pretty well, too.

Thanks for posting our suggestions!
Hope you like it
Posted By Julia Graney, West Chicago, IL : 4:53 PM ET
Hey Anderson, I got some songs that I came up with

1. Hero, by Nickleback

2. Purple Rain, by Prince

3. Black House And The Cherry Tree, by KT Turnstall

4. Freebird, by Lynyrd Skynyrd

5. The House Is Rockin, by Stevie Ray Vaughn

6. Every Breathe You Take, by Sting

7. Dancing On The Ceiling, by Lionel Richie


That's all for right now


Janice Dutton, From Anderson, South Carolina
Posted By Janice Dutton : 5:03 PM ET
Hey

if you´re looking for a song with a great beat, try "Tony the beat" by the Sounds!

Great Show!
Jeanette
Posted By Jeanette / Berlin, Germany : 5:37 PM ET
HEY ANDERSON!
A COUPLE OF SONG SUGGESTIONS FOR YOU. THE BEATLES "REVOLUTION" OR REM'S "IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT(AND I FEEL FINE)".
KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!
KAREN,FORT BRAGG,CA
Posted By KAREN,FORT BRAGG,CA : 5:43 PM ET
Aerosmith's "Same Old Song and Dance" has politics written all over it.



Sabrina, Atlanta
Posted By Anonymous : 6:45 PM ET
Anderson,

"Paid to Get Excited" by Butch Walker would be perfect. Just listen to the lyrics.
Posted By Alaina, Pittsburgh PA : 6:53 PM ET
Hi Anderson, I have another one. How about "Wild Hope" by Mandy Moore? Here are the lyrics:

Wild Hope

In the crazy world
Anything can happen
If you will it to
I'm just a hazy girl
Blurring all the edges
Only seeing blue

CHORUS
It's a Wild Hope
A Wild Hope
A Wild Hope
Everything will be alright

Lost inside
A painting of a city on a hotel wall

Days goes by
Wasting golden hours in the fall

CHORUS

I catch a glimpse of our reflection
Beside you I see myself
We are the season's new collection
We look like everybody else

Walk alone
Through the crowded streets into the fading grey
Here and gone
Like a decoration for the holiday

CHORUS

- - -

Thanks,
Lilibeth
Edmonds, Washington
Posted By Lilibeth, Edmonds, WA : 7:14 PM ET
Shapes of Things by The Yardbirds



Shapes of Things
Before my Eyes

Just teach me to despise
Will time make Man more wise?

Here within my lonely frame
My eyes just hurt my brain
But will it seem the same?

Come Tomrrow
Will I be older
Come Tomorrow
May be a soldier
Come tomorrow
Will I be bolder
Than Today?

Now, the Trees are almost green
But will they still be seen
When Time and Tide have been?

Fall into your passing hands
Please don't destroy these Lands
Don't make them desert Sands

Soon I hope that I will find
Thoughts deep within my mind
That won't disgrace my kind
Posted By DH Lake Barrington,IL : 9:42 PM ET
I think "Power" by Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow is great song to use during a campaign.

Here are the lyrics

Power (Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover, and Joe Lynn Turner)

"Everybody's sayin' that the times are getting rough.
You gotta stay loose baby and you gotta be tough...oh.
I get knocked down...get right back up again.
Cause I never give up and I never give in...
Oh - so strong.
Got the power when I turn it on.
Yeah - I'm gonna get my fill.
Nothin's gonna stop me now and nothin' ever will.
I got the...power.
I got the power.
I feel the power...
and don't forget it!

Make some, break some ain't no big surprise.
They're gonna wheel ya, deal ya, tell ya all the lies...(realize).
But I'm a hot shot, shoot em down let me be (that's me).
Cause I got nothin' for nothin' and nothin's ever free...no!
Oh - so strong.
All I gotta do is turn it on.
Yeah - I'm gonna get my fill.
Nothin's gonna stop me now and nothin' ever will.
I got the power!
Oh, I got the power!
I can feel the power!
I got the power!
Yeah yeah yeah...turn it on.

I can take anything that gets in my way.
I don't worry 'bout tomorrow I just live for today...
Oh - so strong.
Got that feeling when I turn it on.
Yeah - I'm gonna get my fill.
Nothin's gonna stop me now and nothin' ever will.
I got the power!
I can feel the power!
I can feel the power...
Turn it on...
Power (can you feel it).
Power.
(repeat)

(you can turn it on, turn it on, switch it on behind).
(Super charged...I can feel the power).
Posted By Donna A. Reuter, Bremerton, WA : 10:10 PM ET
Livin' On the Edge - AeroSmith.
Posted By Cindy, Franklin MA : 10:37 PM ET
You put your right foot in,
You put your right foot out;
You put your right foot in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey-Pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!

You put your left foot in,
You put your left foot out;
You put your left foot in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey-Pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!

You put your right hand in,
You put your right hand out;
You put your right hand in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey-Pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!

You put your left hand in,
You put your left hand out;
You put your left hand in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey-Pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!

You put your right side in,
You put your right side out;
You put your right side in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey-Pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!

You put your left side in,
You put your left side out;
You put your left side in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey-Pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!

You put your nose in,
You put your nose out;
You put your nose in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey-Pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!

You put your backside in,
You put your backside out;
You put your backside in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey-Pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!

You put your head in,
You put your head out;
You put your head in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey-Pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!

You put your whole self in,
You put your whole self out;
You put your whole self in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey-Pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about

one would think, at times, no?
Posted By Holly, San Antonio TX : 10:55 PM ET
Now, seriously this time - no, wait, I WAS serious about the Hokey Pokey... but I also think the following would also meet the mood:

Steamroller, James Taylor
Catch a Wave, Beachboys
American Pie, Don McClean...

!!!! oooh, ooooh!!! Pick me, Anderson, Pick Me!!!!!
Posted By Holly, San Antonio TX : 10:58 PM ET
Hey Anderson,

I know you play Canadian music on the show so here's more:

Metric - Monster Hospital
Billy Talent - Red Flag
" " - Lies
Aerosmith - Jaded (I know, I know)
Alexisonfire - Accidents
" - This Could Be Anywhere in the Worl
The Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
Three Days Grace - Just Like You
- Animal I Have Become
Sum 41 - Some Say
" " - We're All To Blame
" " - Motivation
The Snitches - Right Before My Eyes
Shania Twain - That Don't Impress Much
Sam Roberts - Brother Down
" " - Bridge To Nowhere
" " - Where Have All the Good People Gone?
Hot Hot Heat - Goodnight, Goodnight
" " " - Bandages
" " " - Middle of Nowhere
Stabilo - Flawed Design

and one last song:

Queen - Bicycle Race (lol ironic line!)

Sorry for the long list but I think they are all good songs and worth a listen.

Cynthia Appiah, Toronto, Ontario
Posted By the_sage_page : 11:23 PM ET
Somehow Bruce Cockburn's song "If I had a Rocket Launcher" seems so appropriate to the political situation in the world today...

Some son of a B---- would Pay!
Posted By Donna in Denver : 11:34 PM ET
OK, we're looking at this all wrong. I'm pretty sure Trent Reznor sat around watching your show as he wrote Year Zero. I think the song should definitely be Capital G by Nine Inch Nails. Or since you seem to be into Radiohead, go for A Wolf at the Door
Posted By Stephanie, Long Island NY : 11:40 PM ET
Either The end of the World by REM

or Time of our Lives by Paul van Dyk (I hope someone who sees this knows who that is...think techno)
Posted By KC, Murfreesboro Tn. : 11:50 PM ET
How about Nine Inch Nails' catchy "Head Like a Hole"?

bow down before the one you serve
you're going to get what you deserve
bow down before the one you serve
you're going to get what you deserve

It's so danceable.

[http://www.9inchnails.com/lyrics/head-like-a-hole.php]
Posted By Jim, Winston-Salem, NC : 11:52 PM ET
My pick would be: "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" by Paula Cole

You know, a kind of Yippee-I-Ki-A anthem for those who are all HAT and no COW! c[:{
Posted By Lynn at Jersey Shore : 12:04 AM ET
Here's my 2 cents:

"A Hell of an Election" and "If I Ruled the World" from the musical Pickwick

"Dirty Laundry" by Don Henley

"The Heat is On" by Glenn Frey

"Baby, It's Time to Vote" by Mad Tea Party

"The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades" by Timbuk 3

"Vote for Mr. Rhythm" by Ella Fitzgerald
Posted By Mel, Tupelo, MS : 12:07 AM ET
"Turn,Turn,Turn" from one war era to another, it still holds up. But for dancing "Fortunate Son" from CCR. Everything old is new again (that's just a comment - not a suggestion for The Association song).
Posted By Betty Thomas, Monroe,LA. : 12:08 AM ET
1) I'd strongly vote AGAINST "Waiting for the World to Change". It's exactly the wrong sentiment from what I want from a leader, or an involved citizen for that matter. Look at the lyrics - it's all about passively waiting for someone ELSE to come along and solve the tough problems. Love the way the song sounds, but I hate its message.

Instead, I like:

2) Everybody Wants to Rule the World. Good groove & hooks, and so fitting for a political contest, if a bit cynical.

3) You Better Be Good to Me (Tina Turner). Oldie but goodie, and expresses some of the anger and unmet need for respect that I think a lot of voters feel:

You better be good to me
Cause I don't have no use
For what you loosely call the truth
And i don't have the time for your over-loaded lines
You better be good to me
Posted By Jason Hendrix, NYC : 12:14 AM ET
I'm watching the Beatles (Paul & Ringo anyway) on Larry King, and I think "Revolution" would be a great theme song. Great beat. And it's the Beatles!
Posted By Barbara, Stony Point, NY : 12:48 AM ET
Always look on the bright side of life by Monty Python
Posted By amy, Toronto : 2:21 AM ET
At the Zoo- Paul Simon/Art Garfunkel

Or maybe not.

I also like Kodacrome - Paul Simon

Thank you and your CNN associates for making 360 a trusted news source.
Posted By Katy, Alliance Ohio : 2:22 AM ET
Hello Mr. Cooper,

Great idea! I'm unsure if this has been mentioned since there are so many. My choice is, "We Won't Be Fooled Again" by The Who. It's ironic that a British band from the 60's and 70's could have lyrics that are so appropriate to today's political scene in America!
Posted By Maurice A. Smith The Woodlands, Texas : 5:55 AM ET
Anderson,

Something tells me that many 35 and under voters might just be needing to hear "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2 during this pre-campaign season and throughout your coverage. However, it may sound a little more cynical than you're going for.

I'd have to agree with those supporting "Waiting on the World to Change" by John Mayer as well. Good Luck!
Posted By Julie in Varysburg, New York : 8:56 AM ET
Well let's see what I can come up with.
1.
Dead or Alive
You spin me right round(like a record)
Do I need to explain that one?

2. Aaliyah had the right ideas with...
-We need a resolution
and
-Well if at first you don't succeed
What would you do
To get to me
What would you say
To have your way
Would you give up
Or try again
If I hesitate
To let you win
Or would you be yourself
Or play your role
Tell all the boys
Or keep it low
If I say no
Would you turn away
Or play me off
Or would you stay

[Chorus]
If at first you don't succeed
Dust yourself off and try it again
You can dust it off and try it again

If at first you don't succeed
Dust yourself off and try it again
You can dust it off and try it again

If this last song doesn't cover it then I'm not sure what would. ^_~
3.
Matchbook Romance
Monsters
...we are
we are the shaken
we are the monsters
underneath your bed
yeah
believe what you read
we are
we are mistaken
we are the voices
inside your head
yeah
believe what you see

we are
we are the shaken
we are the monsters
underneath your bed
yeah
believe what you see
Posted By Jemaul Hunter, Savannah Georgia : 9:15 AM ET
How about basement jaxx - red alert? thats certainly what happens in my head when i see most of the republican candidates.

Or nouvelle vague's cover of XTC's making plans for nigel?


-Kerry.
Posted By Kerry, Ayr, Scotland : 9:32 AM ET
John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change" or "Belief" are both excellent songs that discuss issues that will be relevant in the 2008 presidential election.
Posted By Lynsay from Lawrence, Kan. : 11:18 AM ET
my friend asked if i could go through my music collection and so this is what i came up with:

1. Burn in My Light - Mercy Drive
Hey!
Nothing you can say
Nothing's gonna change what you’ve done to me
Now its time to shine
I’m gonna take what’s mine
While you burn inside my light

2. Metalingus - Alter Bridge
On this day I see clearly everything has come to life
A bitter place and a broken dream
And we'll leave it all, leave it all behind

On this day its so real to me
Everything has come to life
Another chance to chase a dream
Another chance to feel
Chance to feel alive

3. The Game - Motorhead

and the final selection i was asked to add after my friend read the lyrics It's Gonna Be Me - 'NSYNC
Posted By Renata H. Tallahassee, FL : 11:31 AM ET
I think this one says it all. We close out our evening with AC360. Good work!

"Time To Move On"
Words And Music By Tom Petty


It's time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It's time to move on, it's time to get going

Broken skyline, movin' through the airport
She's an honest defector
Conscientious objector
Now her own protector

Broken skyline, which way to love land
Which way to something better
Which way to forgiveness
Which way do I go

Time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It's time to move on, it's time to get going

Sometime later, getting the words wrong
Wasting the meaning and losing the rhyme
Nauseous adrenaline
Like breakin' up a dogfight
Like a deer in the headlights
Frozen in real time
I'm losing my mind

It's time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It's time to move on, it's time to get going
Posted By Donata Parsons Amarillo, TX : 11:59 AM ET
Hey Anderson, here's what I came up with:
Cat Stevens has a couple of good options such as "Wild World" or "Peace Train". I'm just not sure he is eligible because I believe he is on the "No Fly" list!
Posted By Julie Grainge, Elmhurst, Illinois : 12:44 PM ET
I nominate 'The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades' by Timbuk 3.

(Please note a certain amount of sarcasm)
Posted By liz, Montgomery, AL : 1:01 PM ET
"How You Remind Me" by Nickelback came to mind immediately, especially the lyrics 'This is how you remind me of what I really am' since you're keeping them honest!
Mary Patterson
Walnut Creek, CA
Posted By Mary L. Patterson : 1:04 PM ET
My first thought was "Imagine" by John Lennon, but reading through the blog I have to say the following are EXCELLENT choices:
Power to the People - Patti Smith
Help - Beatles
Strawman - Lou Reed
Jackson Browne's "I am a Patriot" from Little Steven Van Zandt's album
Note: If I hear Celine or Abba I will puke.
Posted By Nora, Philadelphia : 1:11 PM ET
My song choice would be - "TRUST" by Prince from the Batman Soundtrack, everytime I hear it, it just reminds me of politicians.

Here are the lyrics:

(w,x,y,z)
"hey, it's the man! yeah, let's see what's going on!"

Chorus:
Trust - who do ya?
Trust - what makes u a real lover?
Trust - i put this question to ya
Cuz i want u 2 be with me

Love - u cannot imagine
How much i want 2 give 2 u
Hot - i get so excited
Just thinkin' about all we could do
Dig it now

Another world awaits us
Another power 2 see
Close - don't worry about nobody else
From now on u'll be here with me

Chorus

Money - how much'll make u happy?
U can have it all if it'll suit u right
But nothin', i said nothin' can take the place
Of u and me kickin' it tight, tight!
Come, it's easy
Just let yourself go - don't put up a fight
Sex - it's not that type of party
Girl, we're gettin' higher 2 night

Chorus

"get 'em! take the pictures!"
"gotham's greed!"

Trust

Hot and close, dig it now
Ooh, that feels good

Chorus

Oh, my lord!
When i'm on i feel good
Trust (good lord)
When i'm on i feel good
Trust

Who do ya trust if u can't trust god?
Who can u trust - who can ya?
Who do ya trust if u can't trust god?
Who can u trust - who can ya?

Come and see

Chorus

Wait, i want ya with me
Posted By Armando Silvester Macias : 1:17 PM ET
Hi Anderson, My suggestion for your theme song would be "Fortunate Son" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Thanks and keep up the great work!
Posted By Teresa Carr, Broken Arrow, OK : 1:34 PM ET
Hey Anderson, I came up with more songs they by, The Beatles

1. Roll Over Beethoven, by The Beatles

2. All You Need Is Love, by The Beatles

3. Get Back, by The Beatles

4. Here Comes The Sunshine, by The Beatles

That's all for right now.

Janice Dutton, From Anderson, South Carolina
Posted By Janice Dutton : 2:29 PM ET
Okay, I checked out the entries you already have because I thought this one was too obvious but I didn't see it. How about "Livin' On A Prayer" by Bon Jovi? That's one chance but I'll keep thinking. I've got some other people at work thinking, too!
Posted By Katie Morrissey, Charlotte, North Carolina : 2:46 PM ET
AC, I am having so much fun with this! I hum all these songs all day. My new suggestions are: Money-Pink Floyd for the ungodly amounts they will spend and Take the Money and Run-Steve Miller Band-for all those still in this Congress and Shiny Happy People-REM for all of those big campaign smiles. For some fun current songs to dance to: I still like OK Go- Here It Goes, Maroon 5-Makes Me Wonder, and one of my new favs New Shoes-Paolo Nuitini for all of that walking on the campaign trail(and I love shoes)! Maybe you can show us a few of your moves! Have a great day and thanks again for doing this!
Posted By Kathy Chicago,Il : 3:28 PM ET
I love the idea of a theme song. My idea is, "for what it's worth" by Buffalo Springield. Love your show
Posted By Maureen McAllister, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA : 3:56 PM ET
I suggest "the Final Countdown" by Europe, "Winds of Change" by Scorpions, or "9 to 5" by Dolly Parton
Posted By James Foley Kamiah, Idaho : 3:58 PM ET
Anyone suggest Welcome the the Jungle ?

Let's just keep this thread going until it goes into the thousands.
Posted By xtina - chicago IL : 4:16 PM ET
Hi Anderson,

How about Freakers Ball - by Dr. Hook and The Medicine Show. First 3 lines as follows:

'Well, there's gonna be a Freakers Ball....
Tonite at the Freakers Hall....
And ya know, yer invited, one and all.....'
Posted By Ted Muise - Yarmouth Nova Scotia : 4:31 PM ET
O.K. Mr.Cooper, how about "Honesty" by Billy Joel? If you pick it, do I win something? Dinner with you would be perfect!
Posted By Julie Elmhurst, Il : 4:33 PM ET
Send in the Clowns
Posted By Susan in Boston : 5:16 PM ET
Send in the Clowns (sadly all too accurate)
Posted By Susan in Boston : 5:21 PM ET
Anderson, I thought of some more songs.

- Riders on the Storm, by The Doors

- People are strange, by The Doors

- Take the money and run, by The Steve Miller Band

- Ring of fire, by Johnny Cash

- Micacles, by Jefferson Starship

- The Logical Song, by Supertramp

- It's Too Late, by Carole King

- You're so vain, by, Carly Simon

- It Don't Come Easy, by Ringo Starr

- Push, by Matchbox Twenty

- Real World, by Matchbox Twenty

PS. Anderson, I had fun meeting you at the Barnes and Noble in Atlanta
Posted By Sarah, Atlanta GA : 5:32 PM ET
Anderson....this has been such a difficult challenge, but I have risen to the occasion. I couldn't believe you'd ask me to pick your campaign song! Here's the deal...the last day or so has been grueling as you gave me such an important responsibility of picking AC360's very own campaign coverage song! I'm not surprised you picked me, though...music streams through my head 24/7/365. Anyway, my employees probably thought I was crazy as I sang through the hallways while inspecting their work. Of course they didn't comment (no explanation needed there), but the whole time there was this steady beat in my head....bmm bmm bmm bmm bmm bmm....and then all of the sudden, as I was on the elevator, the bmm bmm bmm bmm was joined by a wonderful synth beat...doo doo doo doo doo dooooooodoo doo doodoodoodoo. I had it. So I am proud to announce your 2008 Election Coverage Song is....drum roll please....Van Halen's "Jump!" Well, it was wonderful working with you. If you need any further assistance, please contact me. Talk to you soon....no, it was my pleasure...C-ya!
Posted By Rebekah Terral, Ocean City, MD : 5:51 PM ET
Anderson,
At the risk of sounding cynical, may I suggest for your Political Theme Song, Lies by the Thompson Twins or Waiting On The World To Change by John Mayer.
Posted By Diana Kalliaras from Danville, CA. : 6:09 PM ET
My choice would be You Haven't Done Nothin' by Stevie Wonder. It's my long distance dedication to Congress.
Posted By TJ, Concord, CA : 7:08 PM ET
A lot of good ideas :) ...

Here's another one-

I got my mind set on you
by George Harrison
Posted By Julia, West Chicago, IL : 7:26 PM ET
– Anderson H. Cooper
Happy hunting for just the right song….I think Journey’s music man (faithfully) looks appropriate here, every pun intended.

I have 2 especially for U not the contest; when I hear these for some reason I’ve thought they would be a good theme song for you if people had theme songs. You must hear them to appreciate my gift of appointment.

Shame on the Moon – Bob Segar
Beautiful Disaster - Kelly Clarkson This one was a tie between you and Bill Maher

Pondering starts here again...
In the year 2525 – Zager and Evans

Emphasizing what may have been missed from my previous entry …
Who made Who - ACDC; get it…ACDC, ok let me spell out AC360, DC, Washington
Get it…? And Ooohhh yeah don’t forget it – the viewing audience!!!! Who made Who
CHORUS:
Who made who, who made you?
Who made who, ain't nobody told you?
Who made who, who made you?
If you made them and they made you
Who picked up the bill, who? And who made who?
Who made who, who turned the screw?

More Songs to Ponder….
I think this is most appropriate in regards to New Orleans. Katrina, etc…

Riders of the Storm - DOORS

Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Into this house were born
Into this world were thrown
Like a dog without a bone
An actor out on loan
Riders on the storm

There’s a killer on the road
His brain is squirmin like a toad
Take a long holiday
Let your children play
If ya give this man a ride
Sweet memory will die
Killer on the road, yeah

Girl ya gotta love your man
Girl ya gotta love your man
Take him by the hand
Make him understand
The world on you depends
Our life will never end
Gotta love your man, Mummm…– UNCLE SAM
Wow!
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Into this house were born
Into this world were thrown

Like a dog without a bone
An actor out alone
Riders on the storm

Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm

RAWHIDE - FRANKIE LAINE
Keep movin', movin', movin',
Though they're disapprovin',
Keep them dogies movin', rawhide.
Don't try to understand 'em,
Just rope 'em, throw, and brand 'em.
Soon we'll be livin' high and wide.
My heart's calculatin',
My true love will be waitin',
Be waitin' at the end of my ride.

Move 'em on, head 'em up,
Head 'em up, move 'em on,
Move 'em on, head 'em up, rawhide!
Head 'em out, ride 'em in,
Ride 'em in, let 'em out,
Cut 'em out, ride 'em in, rawhide!

Keep rollin', rollin', rollin',
Though the streams are swollen,
Keep them dogies rollin', rawhide.
Through rain and wind and weather,
Hell bent for leather,
wishin' my gal was by my side.
All the things I'm missin',
Good vittles, love and kissin',
Are waiting at the end of my ride.

Move 'em on, head 'em up,
Head 'em up, move 'em on,
Move 'em on, head 'em up, rawhide!
Head 'em out, ride 'em in,
Ride 'em in, let 'em out,
Cut 'em out, ride 'em in, rawhide!
RAWHIDE!!!

Watch Closely Now - Barbara Streisand Kris Kristofferson

Watch closely now
You'll observe a curious exchange of energy
Are you a figment of my imagination
Or am I one of yours?
Watch closely now
Are you watching me now?
Your eyes are like fingers
They're touching my body
And arousing my soul
Riding the passion arising inside me
How high can I go?
You're comin' with me girl, I'm gonna show you how
When it's scarey, don't look down

Watch closely now
Are you watching me now?
I see the hunger arise in your eyes
And it's urging me on
Higher and harder and faster and farther
Than I've ever gone
You're coming closer lady; don'tcha leave me now
We're gonna make it, don't look down

Maybe I'm takin' me too many chances
With no net at all
Maybe I'll teach you at least that you've
got to be free when you fall

Watch closely now
Are you watching me now?
I'm the master magician
Who's setting you free
From the lies you've been told
When you're breaking your back
Bring your last straw to me
I turn straw into gold
I'm gonna need you later, when you're not around
But I can take it, don't look down

Watch closely now...
Are you watching me now?


It's Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty
People see us everywhere.
They think you really care.
But myself, I can't deceive,
I know it's only make believe.

My one and only prayer, is that some day, you'll care.
My hopes, my dreams come true, my one and only you.
No one will ever know, how much I love you so.
My only prayer will be, some day you'll care for me,
But it's only make believe.

My hopes, my dreams come true, my life, I'd give for you.
My heart, a wedding ring, my all, my everything.
My heart I can't control; you rule my very soul.
My only prayer will be, some day you'll care for me,
But it's only make believe.

My one and only prayer, is that some day, you'll care.
My hopes, my dreams come true, my one and only you.
No one will ever know, how much I love you so.
My only prayer will be, some day you'll care for me,
But it's only make believe.
Posted By JCarr, Ypsi, MI : 7:39 PM ET
The best song would be "for what it's worth" by Buffalo Springfield
Posted By Maureen McAllister, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA : 7:53 PM ET
I suggest "Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place by the Rolling Stones
Posted By Gord from Canada Eh! : 7:56 PM ET
Hey Anderson,
I tought of 3 more songs.Ok,first,you could imagine that the candidates are singing that to the voters and that they MEAN it. That will take a lot of imagination:
"You're everything" -Bo Bice
(some lyrics)
"I'll be there to catch you right when you fall
I'll be there as long as you tell me when
I'll be there until eternity ends
You know why,'cause you're worth everything
I'll be your lone ranger I'd stick my hand in the flames
Subject myself to the pain I'd even sleep in the rain
God,I'd do anything
I'd do things you won't believe
Get you a ring if you need(ok,note from me,forget about that one,you will probably end up paying taxes on it!)
Get down right here on one knee(another note from me,yeah,sure,to gravel for your vote!)
Ok,my sarcastic genes are acting out again!!

Here is a more serious one:
"Bombs away"-Johnny Clegg & Savuka
"It was a day or so ago I saw him
Run into the night
He was haunted by a tragic dream
Of people in death machines
And he did not know wich side he was on
And he hated being in between
Bombs away,bombs away
Signs of the times watch where you're going
Bombs away,bombs away
What will you do see you if I free you
Into the night,feel the fear
Do you know your left from your right?
He's tired of the lies,he's tired of the thruth
They never give him what they say
He's tired of the fight,he's tired of the truce
The blackmail of judgment day
He believes in a magic wave
That rolls on the sea of time
That can touch every single human soul
If they could recognize it when it came,too late"

On a lighter note,
"Vehicle" by Bo Bice with Richie Sambora at the guitar!! Crazy!!! Hubba Hubba!!Yeaaahhh!!!!ROCK ON!!!!!
See Ya,can't wait to see your topo during "Larry King" tonight with PAAARIISSSSS HIIILLLTTTTTOOONNNN!!Hope you will ask her what she intends to do with her million from NBC(I think?!!).
Hang in there Coop,you can do it!!:-D

Joanne R.
Laval Quebec
Posted By Joanne R.Laval Quebec : 7:59 PM ET
There is a need for many songs to cover all situations. When the candidates walk out for a debate "Send in the Clowns" should be playing. Those hate filled commercials should be introduced by "Here We Go Again". When candidates are begging for money, adapt a song and sing "Brother Can You Spare a Million" - especially appropriate for Halliburton. When Bush leaves the White House for good, he will have an official portrait, but it should be hung properly and seranaded with "The Picture that is Turned to the Wall." It's a song from the turn of the 19th century about the shame of a family because their daughter is a fallen woman. Bush has definitely prostituted himself, and , well, I am supposedly a lady so I can't say what I really think. I really think the overarching song should be "Imagine" by John Lennon because we need to have some hope, even if it is only in our imaginiations.
Posted By susie a, minneapolis, mn : 8:00 PM ET
How about Scissors Sisters' "I Can't Decide?" Or "MacArthur Park." I know no one knows what the lyrics mean, but half the time we don't know what the candidates really mean either. Is "someone left the cake out in the rain" really that much harder to understand than alot of what we hear in a campaign? Hey, you didn't say no Barry Manilow, how about "Riders to the Stars?" Or his up tempo disco version of "Could It Be Magic?" Really Anderson, you can never go wrong with Barry Manilow!
Posted By Ruth Anne, Dover, Ohio : 11:49 PM ET
What a fun challenge!

My song choice isn't political or inspirational in any way, but the catchy chorus sums up my feelings each time the political campaign process heats up:

Ok Go - "Here It Goes Again"

Here's a link to the video of the song on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv5zWaTEVkI

Enjoy!
Posted By Ruba - Denver, CO : 11:53 PM ET
How about "The Party's Crashing Us" by Of Montreal?

Beyond the play on words, the reference to Kevin Barnes seems infinitely appropriate for this broadcast.
Posted By Alan Boccadoro, Easton, PA : 12:16 AM ET
I have to say Neil Young's - Are You Ready For the Country?

Enough said.
Posted By Nicole, Milwaukee : 12:37 AM ET
There are two songs that I beleive are good for the way the world is today. They both have lyrics that still apply.

1. Ball of Confusion by the Temptations

2. Land of Confusion by Phil Collins

With all of the issues, candidates and the untruths told about both, how are we supposed to choose any elected official.
Posted By Steven Willhite, Crawfordsville Indiana : 12:55 AM ET
Hi Anderson,

How about..."It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"
Six o’clock - TV hour. Don’t get caught in foreign tower. Slash and burn, return, listen to yourself churn. Lock him in uniform and book burning,blood letting. Every motive escalate. Automotive incinerate. Light a candle,
light a motive. Step down, step down. Watch a heel crush, crush. Uh oh,this means no fear - cavalier. Renegade and steer clear! A tournament, a tournament, a tournament of lies. Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives
and I decline.
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.

It has a good beat!!
Thanks - Renee
Posted By Renee Parker, Jacksonville, Florida : 1:06 AM ET
Hi Anderson,

I feel a great song for your political coverage would be James Brown's "Funky President." Besides the addictive rhythm, the lyrics are a perfect rallying cry for the times we live in:

People, people, we got to get over
Before we go under
Don't you see what's goin' on?
Hey, give yourself a
Chance to come through
Tell yourself, I can
Do what you can do

Granted, I don't know how "funky" any of the current presidential candidates are, but I think this song would sound great nonetheless.

Oh, another good one: "Inner City Blues" by Marvin Gaye. I and many other Americans, I believe, have wanted to holler and throw up both our hands at the direction our current administration has been taking us.
Posted By Lisa M., Los Angeles, CA : 1:21 AM ET
How about "Toy Store" from the band O.A.R. It's kind of an obscure song but the band has stated that the lyrics are actually a metaphor for their frustration with the current political system. Here are the lyrics:

Hoping to find something better
At least better than what ya thought
So many aisles to venture down
So many choices you thought

Then a man come walkin down the aisle
With a smile as white as rain
But mom she's gotta go away again
And I'm runnin with the pain

Yah, la la la la
You ask yourself why you can't stay just five more minutes alone
And walk away
You know it, mom knows it, so whatcha want
She says, one toy today, she says

Why only one or another or none at all
How come every time I trip I never fall
Then a man he come walkin down the aisle with a smile as white as rain
But mom she gotta go away again and I'm runnin with the pain

Yah la la la la
2x
You ask yourself why you can't stay just five more minutes alone
And walk away
You know it, mom knows it, so whatcha want
She says, one toy today

So many aisles to venture down
And there's nothin lookin nice
How come every time I look once, I have to look twice

But mom she's comin round the bend
And I'm buyin another toy
And she said son just come along with me
But I'm runnin with the boys

Yah la la la
2x
You ask yourself why you can't stay just five more minutes alone
And walk away
You know it, mom knows it, so whatcha want
She says, one toy today, she says
Posted By Alyssa, Jericho, NY : 1:22 AM ET
How about "Toy Store" from the band O.A.R. It's kind of an obscure song but the band has stated that the lyrics are actually a metaphor for their frustration with the current political system. Here are the lyrics:

Hoping to find something better
At least better than what ya thought
So many aisles to venture down
So many choices you thought

Then a man come walkin down the aisle
With a smile as white as rain
But mom she's gotta go away again
And I'm runnin with the pain

Yah, la la la la
You ask yourself why you can't stay just five more minutes alone
And walk away
You know it, mom knows it, so whatcha want
She says, one toy today, she says

Why only one or another or none at all
How come every time I trip I never fall
Then a man he come walkin down the aisle with a smile as white as rain
But mom she gotta go away again and I'm runnin with the pain

Yah la la la la
2x
You ask yourself why you can't stay just five more minutes alone
And walk away
You know it, mom knows it, so whatcha want
She says, one toy today

So many aisles to venture down
And there's nothin lookin nice
How come every time I look once, I have to look twice

But mom she's comin round the bend
And I'm buyin another toy
And she said son just come along with me
But I'm runnin with the boys

Yah la la la
2x
You ask yourself why you can't stay just five more minutes alone
And walk away
You know it, mom knows it, so whatcha want
She says, one toy today, she says
Posted By Alyssa, Jericho, NY : 1:23 AM ET
I do not envy the job of picking a song from all of these suggestions. Good Luck with that you guys. But it is also neat to see the different generations represented in the blog. I myself am a child of the 80's if you couldn't tell. Two of mine have been suggested but I will reiterate.

Welcome to the Jungle by Guns & Roses

The Final Countdown by Europe.

I also have a third that has not been suggested yet.

What's on your mind (Pure Energy) by the Information Society

Thanks
Posted By Stephanie, Silver Spring, MD : 1:25 AM ET
Anderson,

The title "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" pretty much speaks for itself. You won't find a better theme for "Raw Politics" than that song by Cher!

Jim Sebastian
Ramona CA
Posted By Jim Sebastian : 2:46 AM ET
How about Don McLean's American Pie.

Here's an exerpt of the lyrics:
I can’t remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride,
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died.

So bye-bye, miss american pie.
Drove my chevy to the levee,
But the levee was dry.
And them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’, "this’ll be the day that I die.
"this’ll be the day that I die."

Did you write the book of love,
And do you have faith in God above,
If the Bible tells you so?
Do you believe in rock ’n roll,
Can music save your mortal soul,
And can you teach me how to dance real slow?

Well, I know that you’re in love with him
`cause I saw you dancin’ in the gym.
You both kicked off your shoes.
Man, I dig those rhythm and blues.

I was a lonely teenage broncin’ buck
With a pink carnation and a pickup truck,
But I knew I was out of luck
The day the music died.

I started singin’,
"bye-bye, miss american pie."
Drove my chevy to the levee,
But the levee was dry.
Them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
And singin’, "this’ll be the day that I die.
"this’ll be the day that I die."

Lisa - expat in Stuttgart
Posted By Anonymous : 2:49 AM ET
Some of the songs that Anderson's been featuring nightly on the show seem to have little or nothing to do with politics, so following that train of thought here are my choices:

1) Dancing in the Dark by Springsteen, Sinatra or Tony Bennett

2) Up on the Roof by the Drifters

3) Whip It by Devo

4) She Blinded Me with Science, by Thomas Dolby

5) Should I Stay or Should I Go, by the Clash

6) I Want You, by Marvin Gaye

7)Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) C+C Music Factory, featuring "Freedom Williams"

8) Bittersweet Symphony, by the Verve

9) Mysterious Ways, U2

10) Cannonball, by the Breeders
Posted By Maria, Half Moon Bay, CA : 3:46 AM ET
Hi,
I've noticed that most people have suggested songs with lyrics. My suggestion is a bit different:
#1 Revelations by Johan Gielen, not sure you've heard of him, but he's a very famous Dutch DJ. This song is the title to his latest album, has no lyrics, but it's so upbeat you feel like bopping your head up and down. Not a traditional trance/dance song. But very optimistic and forward looking.

If you're into songs with lyrics; then how about:
#2 Celine Dion: "God Bless America." She did a great rendition of this back in 2001. Since you like her, thought it would be a great choice.

Good luck with all the choices!
Posted By Kat, Vancouver, Canada : 4:58 AM ET
Hey Anderson,
I wanted to submit the song "Get Together" by the Youngbloods which I submitted but, in being interrupted, I didn't put my last name which I would like to do now. I'm the one who said, "Keep on keepin' em' honest!
"Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now....right now....right now. Whatcha thank? Good, huh?
Posted By Joan Steinberg, Lexington, Kentucky : 11:47 AM ET
Hi there,

Interested in a suggestion from the other side of the big pond? Though it's just a wild guess
without knowing what the "tone" of your coverage will be...

What about Razorlight's "America" - first, how could you NOT consider a song that contains lyrics like "there's nothing on the TV, nothing on the radio that I can believe in" (no offence, AC360, but generally US TV coverage is SO 180° different from what I'm used to!)?

"Yesterday was easy, yes I got the news
When you get it straight, but stand up you just can't lose
Give you my confidence, all my faith in life
Dont stand me up, don't let me down, I need you tonight"

AND - after half a year of heavy airplay I still LOVE the song - when the campaign coverage runs over, well, a long time, that's something to consider (not my personal feelings, that is).

On a more optimistic note - Crowded House's "Now we're getting somewhere".

Well, hopefully, that is.

Sabine

PS: What's wrong with Sheena Easton?
Posted By Sabine, Moenchengladbach, Germany : 1:21 PM ET
I suggest "Are You With Me?" by Vaux. It has a good rhythm and beat, and the lyrics are kinda fitting. It might be a little too Alt. Rock for 360's taste, but it's worth a try. Give it a listen and rock on!
Posted By Evelyn, Des Moines, IA : 2:02 PM ET
My vote would be for "Not Ready to Make Nice" by the Dixie Chicks (who shall forever be connected to the Presidency anyway..lol)
Or how about that classic "Leader of the Pack" (which is so old I can't remember who sang it)Quite a catchy tune especially with the motorcycle revving up in the background..lol
Posted By Bev Ontario Canada : 2:11 PM ET
Hey Coop,

I nominate shame,shame,shame by shirley & co. I think the title speaks volumes!!!

Mike, Flat Rock, Michigan
Posted By Anonymous : 3:04 PM ET
"Why Can't We Be Friends" by War...

Excerpt:

The color of your skin don't matter to me
As long as we can live in harmony

Why can't we be friends?
Why can't we be friends?
Why can't we be friends?
Why can't we be friends?

I'd kinda like to be the President
so I can show you how your money's spent

Why can't we be friends?
Why can't we be friends?
Why can't we be friends?
Why can't we be friends?
Posted By CZ, Phoenix, Arizona : 3:10 PM ET
"You Haven't Done Nothin'" by Stevie Wonder is usually appropriate in any political season.
Posted By TJ, Concord, CA : 3:28 PM ET
In so many ways this song applies to each candidate!


Santana - Winning Lyrics

One day I was on the ground
When I needed a hand
And it couldn't be found
I was so far down
That I couldn't get up
You know and
One day I was one of life's losers
Even my friends were my ac-cus-ers
And in my head
Lost before I'd begun

I had a dream
But it turned to dust
What I thought was love
That must have been lust
I was living in style
When the walls fell in
When I played my hand
I looked like a joker
Turn around
Fate must have woke her
'Cause lady luck she was
Waiting outside the door

Chorus:

I'm winning
I'm winning
I'm winning
And I don't intend on losing again

Too bad it belonged to me
It was the wrong time
And I meant to be
It took a long time
And I knew for now
I can see the day
That I breath for
Friends agree there's a need
To play the game
And to win again
Posted By Victoria Hahn ~ Tucson, AZ : 3:48 PM ET
Hey, Anderson!

I've got a brilliant idea. Why don't we (the people) write our own CNN Presidency Theme Song? For instance, let's say I submitted a couple of lines like this:

Some day, I'm going to be President
Of the greatest country in the world
And I'll serve every man, woman, boy and girl
When I am President,
It'll be about more than just myself or me
But all people in everywhere, every state, town and small city
When I am President
That's what my Presidency will be
- JPHowell, 6/28/07

Then, from here on, the other viewers can contribute their lyrics. I know my lyrics are corny, but I think it would be interesting just to see how it turns out.

So? How about that? What say you, Anderson?
Posted By Jacqueline NY, NY : 4:00 PM ET
Keep on rocking in the free world.

Greg
Oceanside
Posted By Anonymous : 4:40 PM ET
Although you have probably never h eard of this song or artist, Derek Webb's Mockingbird would be very appropriate.

"Cause I can't afford to pay for most of what I say, so it's a lucky thing that the truth is public domain. I am like a mockingbird, i've got no new song to sing, and I am like an amplifier, I just tell you what I've heard, oh, I am like a mockingbird."

Eric Miller - Wichita, KS
Posted By Eric Miller : 4:51 PM ET
Anderson,

I could not pass up the opportunity to add my choices to the growing list of contenders for the AC 360 election song. I'm impressed by all the buzz that choosing a song has generated. (It makes me hope that we can all be as interested in the upcoming election coverage and issues)

The songs span from my parents 60's album collection to my own 80's cassettes, to present day CD's and yes..some of the songs I choose are a little sarcastic while remaining fabulous songs...so here goes:

"What a Wonderful World" Louis Armstrong
"What's Going On" Marvin Gaye
"Mercy, Mercy, Me" Marvin Gaye
"Change is Gonna Come" Otis Redding
"Starting Over" John Lennon
"Imagine" John Lennon
"Revoltion" The Beatles
"What a Fool Believes" The Doobie Brothers
"I can't Go For That"(no can do) Hall & Oates
"Out of Touch" Hall & Oates
"Urgent" Foreigner
"Back on the Chain Gang" Pretenders
"That's Just the Way It Is" Bruce Hornsby
"In the Air Tonight" Phil Collins
"With or Without You" U2
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" Tears for Fears
"Things Can Only Get Better" Howard Jones
"One Thing Leads to Another" The Fixx
"Ordinary World" Duran Duran
"Why" Annie Lennox
"Would I Lie to You" The Eurythmics
"Kid's in America" Kim Wilde
"Right Here, Right Now" Jesus Jones
"Politik" Coldplay
"Beautiful Day" U2
"Where are you Going" Dave Matthews
"It's My Life" No Doubt/Talk Talk
"Mad Season" Matchbox 20
"Nothing Left To Lose" Mat Kearney
"If Everbody Cared" Nickleback
Posted By Michelle from Tampa, Florida : 4:57 PM ET
Hey, Guy!

Thanks for posting my idea. Reeal cool! But here are more lyrics for the song:

When I am President
Of the greatest country in the world
I’ll do best to stick to every word I say.
If I don’t, don’t let me get away.
But keep me honest. Keep me true,
Because my job will be to represent you.

And I know that somewhere out there
Will be CNN’s AC 360°
Watching me, watching you
Doing his best to keep us honest, To keep us true.

From the President atop to the peasant down below
Anderson Cooper 360° is gonna let you know
Just when he thinks you’re off the mark….
Posted By Jacqueline, NY, NY : 4:59 PM ET
Hey Mr. Cooper, i'm about to comment on a comment. "Dear Mr. President" is a really really, annoying song, that pink really should not have made. I mean, leave the president alone, we, the american people voted for him, we might as well try and give him support while he suffers through this terrible time in everyone's life. Frankly, i don't think anyone knows how hard it is to be president, and I think that people just need to keep their extreme opinions to themselves. It just creates unwanted stress around everyone else. Anyways...just had to say my piece to all of the american's out there who think they know it all.
Posted By Casey D., Oley PA : 5:56 PM ET
Hey Mr. Cooper, i'm about to comment on a comment. "Dear Mr. President" is a really really, annoying song, that pink really should not have made. I mean, leave the president alone, we, the american people voted for him, we might as well try and give him support while he suffers through this terrible time in everyone's life. Frankly, i don't think anyone knows how hard it is to be president, and I think that people just need to keep their extreme opinions to themselves. It just creates unwanted stress around everyone else. Anyways...just had to say my piece to all of the american's out there who think they know it all.
Posted By Casey D., Oley PA : 5:56 PM ET
Hey, I don't seem to make the blog and I put in a few songs. Just in case here is another one. Ain't that a Bitch, by Johnnie Guitar Watson.
Posted By Alicia : 7:34 PM ET
"It's The End Of The World As We Know It" by R.E.M. - and I hope it is, because I sure don't want another 4 years of the same old, same old! I would love to sing along with "And I feel fine" - because I would if we had good change in the executive office!
Posted By Samantha Houston : 10:33 PM ET
Anderson,

My pick is: "Why Can't We Be Friends" by War.

Have a great night!

-Mary
Posted By Mary, New Berlin, WI : 10:38 PM ET
How 'bout SLIPPERY PEOPLE by The Talking Heads!? Seems fitting.
Posted By Suzanne Mitchell, Warminster, PA : 10:38 PM ET
I thought of 2 songs quickly.
1. Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealers Wheel 1972

2. Dead Skunk In Middle Of The Road - Loudon Wainwright III 1972
Posted By Lois K. West Point, KY : 10:39 PM ET
How about...
1."Your so vain"
2."Sweet Home Alabama"
3."A little less Conversation"
4."Where not going to take it"
5."Whip it"
Posted By Meredith San Antonio,TX : 11:05 PM ET
Hey Anderson! I really had fun with this one, thanks. (Or should I thank Hillary!)

I came up with two songs for you to consider:

1. Born To Run; Bruce Springsteen
2. Rock This Town; Stray Cats

Hope this helps!
Posted By Linda R., New Berlin, NY : 11:05 PM ET
Since we're talking politics here, I think the motto should be, "Abandon hope, all ye who enter here." So, the song to match would be the theme from the ride/movie, "Pirates of the Caribbean." I guess it's called "Yo-ho, yo-ho, a pirate's life for me."
Posted By hkg in hudson, ny : 11:39 PM ET
Comfortably Numb....
PINK FLOYD

Isn't that about where we are now? NUMB?????
Posted By Dian - Dallas,TX : 12:18 AM ET
Originally, I thought UB40's "Its a Long Long Way" would be extremely appropriate, but the reggae music is entirely too mellow in contrast with its powerful lyrical statement, "You can build a wall of protocol to keep the wolves at bay, but history dictates that someone has to pay". Anyway, I don't feel as if anything upbeat would really suit this situation. I'm leaning more towards something modern and cynical, like Anberlin's "Dismantle Repair". Its edgier.

For a classic... Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Crossfire".

The song may have been released the year I was born, but even today its message manages to be classy, catchy, and all together relevant to both the situation- and yes, the presidential candidates themselves.

Of course, there's always Prince and Marilyn Manson if you really want to turn heads, or should I be more direct and say ears?
Posted By Jennifer M., Pearland, TX : 12:47 AM ET
Mr. Cooper,
In response to your request for a polical song I propose Migra by Carlos Santana on the Supernatural album. The words are in Spanish and translate as follows:

The Lyrics:
"Me necesitas tu a mi mas y mas que yo a ti
Me necesitas tu a mi mas y mas que yo a ti
Me necesitas tu a mi mas y mas que yo a ti
Me necesitas tu a mi mas y mas que yo a ti

Migra* Migra pinche Migra dejame en pas"

Translation:

You need me more than I need you
You need me more than I need you
You need me more than I need you
You need me more than I need you

Immigration, immigration, (expletive) immigration leave me in peace

NOTE: *Migra is a Hispanic colloquialism for Immigration and/or Border Patrol

These lyrics and the current hot-button issue they represent should speak for themselves.
Posted By A.A. Navarro, Las Vegas, NV : 12:56 AM ET
A Great Song for the upcoming elections would have to be:
The Zombies - Time of the season

Other Great songs that can have Pseudo-political meanings:

The Animals - We got to get out of this place
King Crimson - Sleepless
Shellac - Didn’t we deserve a look at you the way you really are
Slint - Good morning captain

These aren't "popular" songs, so not many people know them, but they deserve some attention.
Posted By Lynn Fort Worth, Texas : 1:12 AM ET
Satifaction by the Rolling Stones. The lyrics express exactly how most of us feel about politics and the current primary race.

"I can't get no satifaction!"
Posted By Deb Sue from California : 1:36 AM ET
Hey, Coop!

My choice is "Changes" by David Bowie!


"Turn and face the strain"
Posted By Parker, from Tate County, Mississippi : 1:43 AM ET
Hello Anderson

How about :

The Politics of Dancing by The Reflex

The Lunatics ( Are Taking Over the Asylum) by Fun Boy 3

or maybe

No More Heroes by The Stranglers

Don't Believe a Word by Thin Lizzy

Welcome to the Jungle by Guns n Roses

miriam
Posted By miriam, san francisco : 1:56 AM ET
Hey Anderson....It's a NO BRAINER and a MUST for the theme song:

Wake Up Everybody - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes


Wake up everybody no more sleepin in bed
No more backward thinkin time for thinkin ahead
The world has changed so very much
From what it used to be so
there is so much hatred war an' poverty
Wake up all the teachers time to teach a new way
Maybe then they'll listen to whatcha have to say
Cause they're the ones who's coming up and the world is in their hands
when you teach the children teach em the very best you can.
The world won't get no better if we just let it be
The world won't get no better we gotta change it yeah, just you and me.

Wake up all the doctors make the ol' people well
They're the ones who suffer an' who catch all the hell
But they don't have so very long before the Judgement Day
So won'tcha make them happy before they pass away.
Wake up all the builders time to build a new land
I know we can do it if we all lend a hand
The only thing we have to do is put it in our mind
Surely things will work out they do it every time.
Posted By Norma Adams - Van Nuys, CA : 2:09 AM ET
Get the kids involved with a song they can relate to, DO IT FOR THE KIDS!!! THE KIDS!!!

Cartel- Honestly

Azure Ray- New resolution

Daniel Bedingfield- Gotta Get Through this.


Fatboy Slim- Praise you

Incubus- Are you in


Mary J. Blige- hateration

Modest Mouse- Float on

SHout Out Louds- Never Ever
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Apple In stereo- Energy

Moby- We are all Stars

&

Billy Joel- We didnt start the fire

I feel these songs send a positive message for our future. There fun, they make you move, and you can feel it!
Posted By Dominique, Miami FL : 2:40 AM ET
Hi Anderson!

How about "Revolution" by the Beatles for your theme? I think it works :o)
Posted By Melissa - East Haven, CT : 2:41 AM ET
I would like to propose a great current song, from awesome Blues/Rock musician Joe Bonamassa, with a great vibe and fitting lyrics:

From Bonamassa's "Bridge to Better Days" from his 2006 #1 Blues album, You & Me.
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyEdUajXBsI)
Posted By Debra "F1Wild" Murphy, Las Vegas, Nevada : 4:23 AM ET
Journalism much like a symphony should inspire and be a light to all people, regardless of race or creed.

Therefore, I have selected Tchaikovsky's "1812" Overture. Moreover, I respectfully leave the editing and orchestra preferences to you.

David Annanders II
Los Angeles, CA
Posted By Anonymous : 6:10 AM ET
So... after trying to get a post in for four nights, I've waited 'til very early in the morning instead. This fifth attempt is my last, and hopefully my lucky charm. My song suggestion is

"For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield.

"There's somethin' happenin' here
What it is ain't exactly clear..."

"You better stop-- hey, what's that sound-- everybody look what's goin' down."

Wouldn't it be great to see the next generation (led by CNN and Anderson Cooper!) get involved in politics and care about what their government is doing-- to know that they CAN be a force for change... the times now are so much like they were then, and to see us come full circle and understand the power we all have as one group, one voice...

My ten pennies worth, anyway (eight for the prior four tries, two now), but the song was really all I wanted to suggest.

Thanks for this blog.
Posted By Laura Williams, McCall, Idaho : 6:47 AM ET
Out of all the thousands of songs I have heard, believe it or not the first one that came to mind when thinking about the '08 election was "Here It Goes Again" by OK Go. As in, here we go again with all the mudslinging, trash-talking, "promises," etc. I don't sound too cynical about the whole thing, do I? Ah well. Such is life.
Posted By Keli, Augusta, GA : 8:22 AM ET
Hello there Anderson,
Anything by the Dixie Chicks - like "Goodbye Earl" or "Not Ready to Make Nice"
Or my favorite -
Shawn Colvin's "Get Out of this House!"
I wrote a song several years ago called "Tell Me One More Lie". That would be a good theme.
Susan
p.s. Loved your book!
Posted By Susan, Birmingham, AL : 11:32 AM ET
Hey Anderson,

Go for something positive!

THIS IS AMERICA

When you walk across this land
You will understand
We have all it takes to be one nation hand in hand
As you look at every face
Look beyond the race
Then you'll see we're all American

This is America
The dream for all to see
This is America
Our strength is you and me

We have come from near and far
To get to where we are
Some have had it easy and some have had it hard
But as different as we seem
We all share a dream
And we won't let that dream be torn apart

This is America
United we will stay
This is America
The dream lives on today
America, the dream lives on today

It's by Stevie Holland and Gary William Friedman. Okay, it's got a momentary ‘Celine’ ballad feel at the top, but then it rocks, and the message is totally meaningful today.

You can hear an Mp3 of it at
http://thisisamericathesong.blogspot.com/
Posted By Michele Oliver, NYC : 11:52 AM ET
Since the outcome of this election has the tremendous potential for something unprecedented, why not use a song from an up and coming band, with, of course, an appropriately titled song?

"You Don't Know Anything About Me" by the Sarah Mac Band:

http://www.myspace.com/sarahmacband

Part of the lyrics:

Examine my questions,
And question my motives,
I know where my heart is,
I know where this is going,
But You Don't Know Anything About Me
Posted By Lori Lawson, Tallahassee, FL : 12:17 PM ET
"HIGHER GROUND" BY STEVIE WONDER

(Choose the Live version!!)

Anderson, Producers--
This IS YOUR SONG!!!! ITS PERFECT!!

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJJkhbgJv2g
Posted By Karima Ameen, Atlanta GA : 12:17 PM ET
"Waiting on the World to Change" by John Mayer...
I know I'm not the only one waiting...
Posted By jenny, washington d.c. : 12:24 PM ET
Hi Anderson,

I've come up with more lyrics for the original CNN Presidential Race Theme Song. Here goes:

When I am President,
I'll reinstall and secure your civil rights.
I'll stand guard and protect you
When there is war and we must fight.
I'll represent you in the world in the best of light,
So you may sleep soundly in your homes through the night.

When I am President,
Not one mouth in this rich land of ours will go unfed.
Every man, woman and child will have a safe, clean place to call home and lay his head, in his own bed.

When I become President,
I'll do my best to ensure that your basic and fundamental needs are met.
Or AC 360 will be on my case, less I forget, albeit.

(1st Bridge )

Let me tell something,
I've been preparing all my life for this chance, you see,
To make a difference, even in but one life
Here at home and the world at large
From sea to shining sea.

So, you should know
I'm not here to divide you.
I want to stand beside you
To better guide you
To a place where we once stood tall and proud before.

Chorus
United we stand.
Divided, we fall.
What happens to one,
Affects us all.

I'll protect you.
I'll not neglect you
When you, The People have spoken
And have had your say,
I'll be your president
I'll show you the way.

When I'm Your President,
you won't have to worry about me over taxing you.
I'll see to it you get the pay you're due.
When I'm your President.

You work hard to make a living
And for many, the living is hard
So, in this land of good and plenty.........fa, la, la, la, la

But, when I'm your President,
I'll insist and enlist
For what it's worth, a plan for a safer, greener and cleaner earth.
And all mankind born on these here shores will be insured from his time of birth.
I'll encourage and command good health and good care, universal-ly
I'll seek to educate and graduate all from ages 1 through 103,
And here's the skinny,
It'll all be free.
So, vote for me.
I'll be your President.

(2nd Bridge)

There are those who'll say
Nothing comes to dreamers but a dream;
And that I am the biggest dreamer it seems;
And that my dreams will live outside my head;
To stay in bed and dream, instead.

But let me tell you about a man named King who, now, is dead.
Killed because he dared to let a dream take form outside his head
King dreamt a dream, which many said would never, could never, ever be.....

King Spoke of a time when all men would we considered equal and free
Though King, himself, did not live to see...
Alas! Alas!
Some, but not all, his dreams did come to pass.
At last! At last!

So when you tell me that my dreams are too big for my head,
Please be reminded of the words Martin King once said.

When I'm your President!
I'll be your President!
I Am Your President!
Vote for me!
- JPHowell, NY, NY, 6/28/07

Anderson
Posted By Jacqueline, NY, NY : 1:07 PM ET
Hi Mr. Cooper,

I think your theme song should be Marvin Gaye's Inner City Blues, which encompasses everything that is happening in the world today.

Thanks,
Cheryl
Posted By Cheryl, Chapel Hill, N.C. : 1:16 PM ET
There's an excellent song entitled "PROUD" by Heather Small which should be the mantra for the American people throughout this election.

It includes the lyrics...
"Leave your fears behind...."
"Step out of the ordinary, you can do the same...."
What have you done today to make you feel Proud..."
"It's never to late to try"

If any candidate were smart, they'd be latching on to this for their campaign song as it would motivate and inspire people to want dynamic and exciting new directon and leadership for this country, something our present politicians haven't been able to provide.

...and it's got a good beat and you can dance to it...!

David Hoss
Newcastle, Wyoming
Posted By David Hoss, Newcastle, Wyoming : 1:27 PM ET
Mr. Cooper,

I would like to submit The Whos'
"Won't Get Fooled Again" for your
political theme song.Although written over 30 yrs. ago,I believe
its lyrics are apropo for todays
political atmosphere and the average Americans' gut feelings about it.
Posted By Carmine Tenuta, Vista California : 2:20 PM ET
Hey, Anderson, how about Power to the People by John Lennon?

Or Up against the walls, M**F** by the MC5?

Love your show, look forward to the debates with you and monitor. This is one I will watch; you should monitor them all.

Linda, Boulder, Colorado
Posted By Linda, Boulder, Colorado : 3:45 PM ET
I agree with all the people who have nominated "Waiting on the World to Change" by John Mayer. It's catchy, timely, and topical, much like A.C. himself.
Posted By Mindi McGrath, Crofton, Maryland : 3:48 PM ET
PERFECT SONG.


AMERICAN TERRORIST By LUPE FIASCO!!

EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE IN IRAQ!!!
Posted By A Cooper Tampa Florida : 3:50 PM ET
Mr. Cooper,
In the event my earlier recommendation falls outside the dance criteria, then may I submit "JUMP" by Van Halen for your consideration.

David Annanders II
Los Angeles, CA
Posted By Anonymous : 4:31 PM ET
another song just came to mind...Stripped. not the version by Depeche Mode, but the cover by Rammstein.

I'd love to see the candidates & political coverage stripped down to what is important to the average American struggling day to day to make ends meet.

So, yeah, I think this song says it.
Posted By Deb, Richmond VA : 5:20 PM ET
Hey Anderson,

Air Supply? Love songs? Why didn't you say so earlier? That and Titanic is the biggest part of my collection. I'll skip that though since you probably aren't a Titanic fan. Wouldn't mind hearing a little of anything Titanic though. My Heart will Go On,maybe, for a little bit?

Since Hillary stole your first choice, I say it's fair to steal back and use Don't Stop Thinking about tomorrow by Fleetwood Mac (I think).

If you're not into revenge,how about Let the River Run by Carly Simon? Especially the last verse where the lyrics are a bit more appropriate and it fades out so you won't be drowned out when you're trying to talk.

By the way, your bosses are no fun; some of the best songs have naughty lyrics. If you really want love songs, well, you're out of luck. I'll blush if I post them online!

Thanks for letting us have a little fun and help with this because I realize with the great music on 360, you have someone there who has a great talent for selecting cool music. So thanks for including us,I for one get a kick out of it.
Posted By Christina, Windber, PA : 5:38 PM ET
If we were voting on the songs listed above..I would vote for "We are not going to take it - Twisted Sisters" Let me add my two cents..
Heres one for the Republicans "The Fool On The Hill(Lennon/McCartney)

Day after day alone on the hill,
The man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still,
But nobody wants to know him,
They can see that he's just a fool,
And he never gives an answer,
But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down,
And the eyes in his head,
See the world spinning around.

Well on his way his head in a cloud,
The man of a thousand voices talking percetly loud
But nobody ever hears him,
Or the sound he appears to make,
And he never seems to notice,
But the fool on the hill . . .
Nobody seems to like him
They can tell what he wants to do.
And he never shows his feelings,
But the fool on the hill . . .

Here is one for the election theme..
Revolution 1 (lennon/mccartney)

You say you want a revolution
Well you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it's evolution
Well you know
We all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction
Don't you know you can count me out
Don't you know it's gonna be alright
Alright alright

You say you got a real solution
Well you know
We'd all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well you know
We're doing what we can
But when you want money for people with minds that hate
All i can tell you is brother you have to wait
Don't you know it's gonna be alright
Alright alright

You Say You'll Change the constitution
Well you know
We all want to change your head
You tell me it's the institution
Well you know
You better free your mind instead
But if you go carrying pictures of chairman mao
You ain't going to make it with anyone anyhow
Don't you know know it's gonna be alright
Alright alright
Posted By Sharon Sacramento, CA : 6:56 PM ET
Hello Anderson, love your show
I could not help but notice your selections could use a little country flair. how about " a little less talk and alot more action" or "the angry american" by Toby Keith. Or "simple man" by Charlie daniels. or better yet, "that's how we do it in dixie" by Hank Williams Jr
Posted By Richard Robertson, charlottesville, va : 7:13 PM ET
I have to go with Leonard Cohen's "Democracy"
Posted By Janet White, Tacoma, WA : 7:49 PM ET
Hi Anderson,
I'm now officialy obsessed with finding the right song for your coverage! (it's 2.30 in the morning here in Antwerp now, I should be sleeping!) Anyway, I wanted to suggest "Hammer to fall" by Queen. (great intro and somewhat relevant lyrics). Well, I'm going back to bed, have a great weekend everyone!
Posted By Kristien, Antwerp, Belgium : 8:44 PM ET
My Choice would have to be Teddy Pendergrass' "Wake Up Everybody"
Posted By L.M.Lee Harvey, Louisiana : 10:58 PM ET
Dear Mr. Cooper:

Before taking up "the Air Supply challenge" I mention two songs, one of which playful (guess which one):

"Is This The World We've Created" by Queen
Theme from Looney Tunes ("This is it, the night of nights")

AIR SUPPLY:

"Don't Turn Me Away (from The One That You Love, 1981)

Don't turn me away
I can't forget it all in just one day
Take some time to speak your mind
But say it's not over
Don't turn me away
Don't close the door on us this way
I'm so sure that there's much more
You just have to tell me
http://www.airsupplynowandforever.com/lyrics.html#Don'tTurnMeAway

"Great Pioneer" (from the self-titled album, 1985)

To be a part of the state
To be a part of the state
To be know as a great pioneer
http://www.airsupplynowandforever.com/lyrics.html#GreatPioneer

"One More Chance" (from Hearts In Motion, 1986)

Baby give us one more chance
So we can love again
There's a time for love, a time to heal
Now it's time for us to mend

Baby give us one more chance
Let me come back home
I don't want run the endless road
Or fight this world alone
http://www.airsupplynowandforever.com/lyrics.html#OneMoreChance

"One Step Closer"(from Now and Forever, 1982)

One step closer forward motion
One step nearer our destination
One step closer forward motion
One step nearer our destination
http://www.airsupplynowandforever.com/lyrics.html#OneStepCloser

"The Scene" (from Yours Truly, 2001)

Just make me part of the scene
Say we're together always, forever
And everywhere else in between
Just say we're part of the scene
I don't want to hear it
I just couldn't bear it
If things aren't as good as they seem
http://www.airsupplynowandforever.com/lyrics.html#TheScene

"We The People" (from Book Of Love, 1997)

"You Are The Reason" (from Yours Truly, 2001)

You are the reason, my faith in tomorrow
A distant horizon, the one I must follow
You are the first, you are the last
http://www.airsupplynowandforever.com/lyrics.html#YouAreTheReason

"Yours Truly" (from Yours Truly, 2001)

You never ask for my applause
I want you to know

I am yours, truly yours
Because, because, because
I'm your truly, yours, truly yours
http://www.airsupplynowandforever.com/lyrics.html#YoursTruly

GRAHAM RUSSELL, two songs from his 2007 album The Future:

"The Future"

As far as I am able to see
Will you come to find the future with me
I don't know how far we can go
If we stay close together we will know
http://www.airsupplynowandforever.com/lyrics.html#TheFuture

"Save The World"

Save the world, save the ocean and the seas
Save the sky and all the people I know I will never see
Save the air that falls across the mountain, rain and snow
That kiss the flowers on the cheek
The perfume of a waking rose
Save the children, save the innocence that's lost
Save the laughter and the moments
All the treasures never count the cost
Save the world, save the world
http://www.airsupplynowandforever.com/lyrics.html#SaveTheWorld

Ian
Posted By Ian, Hamilton, Ontario : 11:00 PM ET
Hey Anderson,

My political theme song choice would be Sting's Every Breath You Take...(every move you make, I'll be watchin' you.

Cathy Voltaggio
Austin, TX
Posted By Cathy Voltaggio, Austin, TX : 11:16 PM ET
Hi Anderson,

What about:

1) What Difference Does It Make - by The Smith
All men have secrets and here is mine
So let it be known
For we have been through hell and high tide
I think I can rely on you ...
And yet you start to recoil
Heavy words are so lightly thrown
But still I'd leap in front of a flying bullet for you

So, what difference does it make ?
So, what difference does it make ?
It makes none
But now you have gone
And you must be looking very old tonight


The devil will find work for idle hands to do
I stole and I lied, and why ?
Because you asked me to !
But now you make me feel so ashamed
Because I've only got two hands
Well, I'm still fond of you, oh-ho-oh


So, what difference does it make ?
Oh, what difference does it make ?
Oh, it makes none
But now you have gone
And your prejudice won't keep you warm tonight


Oh, the devil will find work for idle hands to do
I stole, and then I lied
Just because you asked me to
But now you know the truth about me
You won't see me anymore
Well, I'm still fond of you, oh-ho-oh


But no more apologies
No more, no more apologies
Oh, I'm too tired
I'm so sick and tired
And I'm feeling very sick and ill today
But I'm still fond of you, oh-ho-oh

OR

2) Should I Stay Or Should I Go? - by The Clash
Darling you gotta let me know
Should I stay or should I go?
If you say that you are mine
I'll be here 'til the end of time
So you got to let know
Should I stay or should I go?

Always tease tease tease
Siempre - coqueteando y engañando
You're happy when I'm on my knees
Me arrodilla y estás feliz
One day is fine, next is black
Un día bien el otro negro
So if you want me off your back
Al rededar en tu espalda
Well come on and let me know
Me tienes que decir
Should I Stay or should I go?
¿Me debo ir o quedarme?

Should I stay or should I go now?
Should I stay or should I go now?
If I go there will be trouble
An' if I stay it will be double
So come on and let me know

This indecision's bugging me
La indecisión me molesta
If you don't want me, set me free
Si no me quieres, líbrame
Exactly who'm I'm supposed to be
Dígame que debo ser
Don't you know which clothes even fit me?
¿Sabes qué ropa me queda?
Come on and let me know
Me tienes que decir
Should I cool it or should I blow?
¿Me debo ir o quedarme?

Should I stay or should I go now?
¿Yo me frío o lo soplo?
If I go there will be trouble
Si me voy - va a ver peligro
And if I stay it will be double
Si me quedo es doble
So you gotta let me know
Me tienes que decir
Should I stay or should I go?
¿Yo me frío o lo soplo?

In my opinion these are great choices, Because I'm tired of both Dems and Rebuplicans. Hey, maybe
"America Is Not The World" by Morrissey would be good, too. However, I think it may contain explicit lyrics...

Thanks, Anderson :)
Posted By Leslie Hudgins, New Bern, NC : 11:20 PM ET
This may have been written and recorded in the late 1980s, but it seems not much has changed :-)

May I suggest, "Revolution Calling" by Queensryche?

Revolution Calling

For a price I’d do about anything
Except pull the trigger
For that I’d need a pretty good cause
Then I heard of dr. x
The man with the cure
Just watch the television
Yeah, you’ll see there’s something going on

Got no love for politicians
Or that crazy scene in d.c.
It’s just a power mad town
But the time is ripe for changes
There’s a growing feeling
That taking a chance on a new kind of vision is due

I used to trust the media
To tell me the truth, tell us the truth
But now I’ve seen the payoffs
Everywhere I look
Who do you trust when everyone’s a crook?

Revolution calling
Revolution calling
Revolution calling you
[there’s a] revolution calling
Revolution calling
Gotta make a change
Gotta push, gotta push it on through

I’m tired of all this bull****
They keep selling me on t.v.
About the communist plan
And all the shady preachers
Begging for my cash
Swiss bank accounts while giving their
Secretaries the slam

They’re all in penthouse now
Or playboy magazine, million dollar stories to tell
I guess warhol wasn’t wrong
Fame fifteen minutes long
Everyone’s using everybody, making the sale

I used to think
That only america’s way, way was right
But now the holy dollar rules everybody’s lives
Gotta make a million doesn’t matter who dies

Revolution calling
Revolution calling
Revolution calling you
[there’s a] revolution calling
Revolution calling
Gotta make a change
Gotta push, gotta push it on through

I used to trust the media
To tell me the truth, tell us the truth
But now I’ve seen the payoffs
Everywhere I look
Who do you trust when everyone’s a crook?

Revolution calling
Revolution calling
Revolution calling you
[there’s a] revolution calling
Revolution calling
Gotta make a change
Gotta push, gotta push it on through
Posted By Jessica Huffman, Williamsport, PA : 11:29 PM ET
1) Arthur and Friends - Believe in Yourself

2) Foo Fighters - My Hero

3) Rise Against - Dancing for Rain

4) Sum 41 - No Reason

5) Sum 41 - We're All to Blame


Keep up the good work Anderson Cooper and CNN.
Posted By Andrew Plaisance - Patterson, Louisiana : 12:10 AM ET
Anderson,

I recommend "We Can't Make It Here" by James McMurtry as an election song for CNN.

No, you can't dance to it. But considering the state of things today in America, there isn't much to dance about.
Posted By Mark from Winston Salem, NC : 12:12 AM ET
"Fortunate Son" by Creedence Clearwater
Posted By Diane Hyden, Huntington Beach, CA : 1:01 AM ET
Anderson,
"Dirty Work" By Steely Dan should be the Theme Song!
To the politicians:

Dirty Work

Times are hard
You’re afraid to pay the fee
So you find yourself somebody
Who can do the job for free
When you need a bit of lovin’
Cause your man is out of town
That’s the time you get me runnin’
And you know I’ll be around

Chorus:
I’m a fool to do your dirty work
Oh yeah
I don’t wanna do your dirty work
No more
I’m a fool to do your dirty work
Oh yeah

Light the candle
Put the lock upon the door
You have sent the maid home early
Like a thousand times before
Like the castle in it’s corner
In a medieval game
I foresee terrible trouble
And I stay here just the same

Chorus
Posted By Marc, Spring TX : 1:41 AM ET
Anderson,
"Dirty Work" By Steely Dan should be the Theme Song!
To the politicians:

Dirty Work

Times are hard
You’re afraid to pay the fee
So you find yourself somebody
Who can do the job for free
When you need a bit of lovin’
Cause your man is out of town
That’s the time you get me runnin’
And you know I’ll be around

Chorus:
I’m a fool to do your dirty work
Oh yeah
I don’t wanna do your dirty work
No more
I’m a fool to do your dirty work
Oh yeah

Light the candle
Put the lock upon the door
You have sent the maid home early
Like a thousand times before
Like the castle in it’s corner
In a medieval game
I foresee terrible trouble
And I stay here just the same

Chorus
Posted By Marc, Spring TX : 1:42 AM ET
"Freedom of Choice" -- Devo

The ONLY election anthem one can dance to. Irresistible beat!

"I'll say it again in the land of the free
Use your freedom of choice
Your freedom of choice"
Posted By D.C. Borg, Newton, MA : 1:47 AM ET
Anderson,

I'm not sure if this has been posted yet, so forgive me if this is a duplicate, but I think the most appropriate song for your 360 election coverage would have to be "Free Will" by Rush. Seriously. The beat, the words, the music....you know I'm right. :)
Posted By Sarah Strydom, Kansas : 2:12 AM ET
Anderson
My suggestion would be "Another Day On Earth by" Brian Eno from his album Another Day On Earth
Posted By Gary Hartnett, Portland, Oregon : 9:35 AM ET
Hey Anderson! Here are somer suggestions:

Pride (In the name of love)- U2
Beautiful Day- U2
Here Comes the Sun- The Beatles
I Can See Clearly Now- Johnny Nash

Love you and your show!
Posted By Stephanie Wood, Charles Town, WV : 12:45 PM ET
I very much enjoy your choice of a song each night. So why don't you decide not to choose only one theme? It's fun for us to listen to various songs and exciting for me if you choose the song that I suggest! You've already got enough music suggestions and will get a lot more until the election day.

Here's my suggestion;
des'ree - you gotta be

Do I sound like I'm requesting a song rather than suggesting one?
Posted By Mio, Oita, Japan : 2:34 PM ET
"We Don't Get Fooled Again" by the Who.

"I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again"


Or less confrontational (and more patriotic) Woodie Guthries's "This Land Is My Land"
The next President can tour the world singing "I"m Sorry"
Posted By Barbara Knupp Vine Grove, KY : 3:03 PM ET
Although it was released during the first gulf war, I think it it still pretty relevant. Throwing Stones by The Grateful Dead. There are numerous songs by the Grateful Dead that would fit. United States Blues for instance or perhaps Standing on The Moon. But Throwing stones is probably the best to dance to and is the most political.
Posted By John Mills Colorado Springs Co. : 5:10 PM ET
Unfortunately no Scissor Sisters from me, although I do think "Tits on the Radio" or "She's My Man" would be hilarious.

Two more votes from me for "Power to the People" by John Lennon and "Waiting on the World to Change" by John Mayer.

My choices would have to be:
"American Baby" - Dave Matthews Band
"Mass Destruction" - Faithless
"Eve of Destruction" - Barry McGuire
"Paranoid Android" - Radiohead
Posted By Lauren Toronto, Ontario : 5:13 PM ET
Several songs by the great American icons, The Grateful Dead come to mind:
1)Throwing Stones

2)United States Blues

3)We can run but we can't hide

4)Standing on the Moon
Posted By John Mills Colorado Springs Co. : 5:52 PM ET
Holiday by Green Day (Nonexplicit)

I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies
This is the dawning of the rest of our lives
Posted By Michelle Cruz from San Diego California : 6:35 PM ET
Hi Anderson, thanks for the opportunity! Hope these two songs will make the cut, or at least get some air time on your show:
1. Exo-Politics by Muse
2. Long Forgotten Song by The Thrills

Thanks!
Posted By Patty, San Francisco, CA : 10:24 PM ET
Hi Anderson!
Here's a song that may be what you're looking for. how about Electioneering by Radio Head?
Posted By Catherine Beckley,WV. : 10:43 PM ET
Okay, I thought of a better one than what I had already sent in. It's "Ball of Confusion(That's What the World Is Today)" by the Temptations. If you don't know the words, you can look them up on your giant, clunky iPhone!
Posted By Katie Morrissey, Charlotte, North Carolina : 2:49 PM ET
Hello Anderson,

The song War by Edwin Starr should be used because this election is going to be decided by Iraq. Also this election is going to get more and more fierce as it goes on.

Bryce
Chicago,Illinois
Posted By Bryce, Chicago, Illinois : 4:45 PM ET
Anderson,
In choosing your song, do what you do best --- investigate some of the suggestions that you may not be familiar with. Start with Year Of Decision by The Three Degrees.You won't need to look any further.It is upbeat and perfect for the occasion!
Posted By Teressa Adair,Taylors,S.C. : 6:49 PM ET
Oh, Andy. You're a riot. But seriously, I don't believe no one mentioned this song...

"Hit Me With Your Best Shot." There were no rules about Pat Benatar, and it's dang catchy for a debate.

Or you can just play the Seaman Ship song over and over again. I'm down with that, and it just might make things a little more interesting, no?
Posted By Alicia, Ishpeming, MI : 9:50 PM ET
What a great idea - the people's choice!

I know you said a song to "dance to," but you did add, "or not," so I chose the option of "not." In these times where so much is at stake, instead of dancing, I think we all have to take some time to think and reflect. However, dancing is good, too, during difficult times!

Also, I realize one of my suggestions - "Earth Anthem," might offend some, since it uses our National Anthem's musical score, but maybe it is time we got away from "bombs bursting in air."

1. "Because All Men are Brothers" - Peter, Paul and Mary
2. "Imagine" - John Lennon
3. "Earth Anthem" - Stephen Longfellow Fiske
4. "The Times They Are A'Changin" - Bob Dylan
Posted By Trish Shaw, Port St. Lucie, Florida : 1:18 AM ET
Mr Cooper,

Is "Election Day" by Norah Jones too obvious?
Posted By Sandra San Diego, Ca : 1:56 AM ET
This song is done by Radiohead and can be foun on the OK Computer album, It's called Electioneering and yes you can bop around to it :) These are the lyrics:


I will stop, I will stop at nothing.
Say the right things when electioneering
I trust I can rely on your vote.

When I go forwards you go backwards
and somewhere we will meet.
When I go forwards you go backwards
and somewhere we will meet.
Ha ha ha

Riot shields, voodoo economics,
it's just business, cattle prods and the I.M.F.
I trust I can rely on your vote.

When I go forwards you go backwards
and somewhere we will meet.
When I go forwards you go backwards
and somewhere we will meet.
Posted By Naomi Mac Millan, Hicksville NY : 8:21 AM ET
How about John Mellencamp's "Our Country" or Bon Jovi's "Bells of Freedom"?
Posted By Amy - Chicago, IL : 11:28 AM ET
I think Toby Keith has two great ones I Wanna Talk About Me and A Little Less Talk and a Little More Action
Posted By Marjorie Ochs Baltimore, MD : 12:32 PM ET
Hi Anderson & co.,

Awesome that you guys are letting us suggest songs for the political coverage portion of 360. Here are some suggestions I came up with after scouring through my iTunes list:

- New Order's "True Faith"
- Oasis's "Morning Glory"
- Garbage's Parade
- Jem's "They"
Posted By Lianne, Toronto, Canada : 3:17 PM ET
As much as I've enjoyed reading through all these suggestions, I think you need to commission a new song for this occassion from your Scissor Sisters...

Susan Lemarie, Farifax, VA
Posted By Anonymous : 3:56 PM ET
I think the perfect song is "Elected" by Alice Cooper!

But, Anderson, since we know you love A Flock of Seagulls, I also suggest "I Ran"

Good luck!
Posted By Carrie M., Ames, IA : 4:09 PM ET
Capital G - Nine Inch Nails

I pushed a button and elected him to office and a
He pushed a button and it dropped a bomb
You pushed a button and could watch in on the television
Those motherf*ckers didn't last too long ha ha
I'm sick of hearing about the haves and the have not's
Have some personal accountability
The biggest problem with the way that we've been doing things is
The more we let you have the less that I'll be keeping for me

Well I used to stand for something
Now I'm on my hands and knees
Traded in my god for this one
And he signs his name with a CAPITAL G

Don't give a sh*t about the temperature in Guatemala
Don't really see what all the fuss is about
Ain't gonna worry about no future generations and a
I'm sure somebody's gonna figure it out
Don't try to tell me how some power can corrupt a person
You haven't had enough to know what it's like
You're only angry cause you wish you were in my position
Now nod your head because you know that I'm right - all right!

Well I used to stand for something
But forgot what that could be
There's a lot of me inside you
Maybe you're afraid to see

Well I used to stand for something
Now I'm on my hands and knees
Traded in my god for this one
And he signs his name with a CAPITAL G
----------
Sorry for the language. Not really.
I think this is the only song hitting the nail right on the head. And if you wanna dance into next election, then go for this one!
Posted By Damian, Severn, MD : 5:03 PM ET
"Hammer to fall" by Queen (rock on Anderson!!)
Posted By Kristien, Antwerp, Belgium : 6:12 PM ET
Why one song when we can give you a song for every issue on the American peoples mind:


Fernando by Abba: Immigration reform

I Ran by Flock of Seagull: because Iran will be an issue here soon.

Unskinny Bop by Poison: for Health care reform (most Americans are Un-skinny)

Dirty Landry by Don Henley: For all you news networks……..Um, yeah….

Papa Don’t Preach by Madonna: Abortion debate

Rock You Like a Hurricane by Scorpions: For FEMA reform. (This is for my peeps in NOLA)

Every Breath You Take by The Police: Warrant Free Wire Tapping

Rock The Cashbah by The Clash: The War in Iraq

….more to come so stay turned!!!!!!!

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Rachel-Albuquerque, NM
Rhonda-Houston, Tx
Posted By Rachel ABQ, NM and Rhonda, Houston, TX : 6:44 PM ET
Elvis Costello, "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" + cover versions

You will not find a more thoughtful, non-partisan, non-objectionable (yet uncompromising), sing-along/danceable/all-ages party hit with which to lead off every evening. It would provide us all with a little hit of pure, searching, optimistic fury each evening , and can you better define the vibe of the citizenry come poll time?
Posted By velvet_rut : 6:46 PM ET
Hey Anderson! I have a few suggestions for the theme song:

"Police and Thieves" by The Clash

"Hey Young World" by Slick Rick

"Revolution Rock" by The Clash

"I Fought the Law" by The Clash

"I'm Not Down" by The Clash
Posted By Paula- Boston, MA : 6:51 PM ET
our list continues...

Jungle Boogie, Kool and The Gang: Rainforest Conservation

Mary Jane, Rick James: Medical Marijuana Debate

People are People, Depche Mode: Gay Marriage

Hot For Teacher, Van Halen: Education

It's Gettin Hot In Herre, Nelly: Global Warming (hey Al Gore nudge nudge wink wink)

more to come...

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Rachel-Albuquerque, NM
Rhonda-Houston, TX
Posted By Rachel, Albuquerque, NM and Rhonda, Houston, TX : 10:11 PM ET
I was offended to hear the song "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits on 360 or that you might use it as your theme song - the Song is Homophobic the Second Verse Starts with the Line "See the little faggot with the earring and the makeup" You could have Used Better Judgement.
Posted By Brendan Thompson, New Orleans : 10:58 PM ET
Hi Anderson,

Theme songs you may want to consider (in no particular order):

1. "Tightrope" - Stevie Ray Vaughan
2. "Crossfire" - Stevie Ray Vaughan
3. "If Everyone Cared" - Nickelback

Glad to contribute!
Posted By Randolph Pugh, Charleston, SC : 11:11 PM ET
What do you have against Journey man?
How about one of these:
"Revolution" by the Beatles
"Born In The USA" by Bruce Springsteen
"Ramble On" by Led Zeppelin
"Get Up Stand Up" by Bob Marley
"We Could Be Heroes" by David Bowie
"The End" by The Doors
"Land of Confusion" Genesis
"Who Do You Love" George Thorogood
"Crazy" Gnarls Barkley
"Welcome to the Jungle" Guns N Roses
"With A Little Help From My Friends" Joe Cocker
"Brighter Side" OPM
"Welcome to the Machine" Pink Floyd
"SOS" The Police
"Blitzkreig Bop" the Ramones
"Video Killed The Radio Star" the Buggles
"Satisfaction" Rolling Stones
"Fly Like An Eagle" Steve Miller Band
"It's Good To Be King" Tom Petty
"Follow Me" Uncle Cracker
I got some more but they aren't appropriate for television. One of those has got to be the one.
Posted By Anthony-Fort Wayne IN : 11:29 PM ET
Hi Anderson,

What about some country music: Gone by Montgomery Gentry; or I want to feel something by Trace Adkins. "Gone" for all those promises that are gone after the elections are over, and "I want to feel something" because one as a voter want to feel something after so many lies. Keep up the good work and take care!

Liliana
Posted By Liliana-Los Angeles, CA : 11:30 PM ET
Hey Anderson!

Try some RISE AGAINST ;-)

"State of the Union"

If we're the flagship of peace and prosperity
We're taking on water and about to sink
No one seems to notice, No one even blinks
The crew left the passengers to die under the sea

COUNTDOWN, to the very end,
Equality: an invitation that we won't extend.
READY AIM, pull the trigger now,
In time you'll firmly secure your place in h-ll

State of the Union address,
Reads war-torn country still a mess
The words: power, death, and distorted truth
Are read between the lines of the red, white, and blue

GUILTY is what our graves will read
No year, no family, we did nothing
To stop the murder of people just like us

"Give It All"

"Dancing For Rain"

These worlds collide but the distance remains
We point the finger, never accept the blame

"To Them These Streets Belong"

"Behind Closed Doors"

"Tip The Scales"

"Black Masks and Gasoline"

"Blood-Red White & Blue"

Give me your logic, your definition
The words you twist to justify your position on mass starvation
and blind airstrikes
Every problem is solved with a fight

Peace won't be found 'til we're underground
As long as we live without a sound

So pride yourself on what you are,
And hold them all to words they can't take back
I've seen a place (it comes) to me in dreams where fires die
But light still shines for us to see

Would God bless a murder of the innocent?
Would God bless a war based on pride?
Would God bless a money-hungry government?
NO.

Would God bless our in-effective court system?
God bless the sweatshops we run?
Would God bless America?
God bless America?

Posted By Abby, Yellow Springs, Ohio : 11:50 PM ET
I've got the perfect theme song. It's an old 50's classic, dedicated to all the candidates who so elequently answered the "yes or no" questions during the last CNN debate....

Joe Jones - You Talk Too Much

"You just taaa-aaa-a-a-a-alk.... Talk too much!"


It's got a great retro rhythm to it, particularly for a song that's basically telling you to shut the hell up. =)
Posted By Kris Craig, Olympia, WA : 12:02 AM ET
Here's 3 for you.

1. Megadeth - Peace Sells But Who's Buying (Just the famous Intro)

2. Bod Dylan: Masters of War

3. Metallica: And Justice For All

4. Pink Floyd: Another Brick in The Wall
Posted By Sanjit, London, UK : 12:09 AM ET
Hi Anderson,

Hope your still accepting suggestions. This would be more appropriate as the Primaries come to their end...

The Final Countdown by Europe

Love the broadcast, especially now that we get both hours in the UK.

Tracey Allan
Manchester UK
Posted By TraceyUK : 12:22 AM ET
Hey Anderson,

I enjoy your program and watch it every night. I would like to suggest "The Whore's Hustle and the Hustler's Whore" by PJ Harvey ;)
Posted By Andrew in TN : 1:57 AM ET
Hey Aderson: Love this idea! Actually think it would be most appropriate to use "Send in the Clowns"; but..like you said it should have a beat and be something you could dabce to, so...what about an edited, (and I stress edited), version of "La Vie Boheme" from RENT, or beter yet, "What You Own" from the same.
Posted By Craig Smith, Big Island, HI. : 2:17 AM ET
Howdy Sir,
I know that you might not be into country music, but here is my theme song.
It is Toby Keith's "The Critic"

Tell it like it is...
He gets up real early on his mornin drive.
Down to the office for his 9 to 5.
He drives a 94, 2 ton, economy car.
Loves to tell the local bands down at the bar that he's The Critic.

Yea, I can hook you up, I know everybody, in the business.

He flunked junior high band he couldn't march in time.
He tried to write a song once, he couldn't make it rhyme.
He went two or three chords on a pawn shop guitar,
He just never quite had what it took to be a star, so he's a critic.

I work for the Gazette man...I got a real job.

He did a 5-star column on a band he never heard.
He did a bluegrass review about an unkind word.
He thought it was time to ask his boss for a raise,
His boss said I can't even tell if anybody's even readin your page.

Yea...

So he thought...and he thought a little more.

He caught a young hot star headin into town,
And then he hid behind his typewriter and gunned the boy down.
Here come the letters, the e-mails, the faxes,
They raised him to 20,000 dollars after taxes.

He's a happy critic...

He's rollin in the dough...

Man I could do this forever...this is easy. Everybody's readin my column!

Please don't tell my mom, that I write the music column for the Gazette.
She still thinks I play piano down at the Cathouse.

Let's get funky with this now boys...Play it on out.

Come on Shannon.

There's ole Biff jumpin in.

?? is layin it down.

Come on Shannon.

Aww yea, my man Steve.

Man my fingers are gettin tired... y'all gonna have to hurry.
This snappin thing...wearin me out.

Hello Shannon.

Guess he's on coffee break man.

They're gonna love you...cause they already love me.

(Yea!)

It's the Critic.

Marwan,
Gastonia, NC
Posted By Marwan : 8:54 AM ET
This is a great candidate for the theme song.

The song 'TOO MUCH' by The Dave Matthews Band.

"...Ooh traffic jam got more cars
Than a beach got sand
Suck it up, suck it up, suck it up,
Fill it up until no more
I'm no crazy creep,
I've got it coming to me
Because I'm not satisfied
The hunger keeps on growing
I eat too much
I drink too much
I want too much
Too much ..."

It's happy music with a pessimistic taint that politics seem to come with.
Posted By Lucia Ramos, Sunny Southern Cali. : 9:30 AM ET
Jeb From NE
Message In A Bottle Lyrics
Artist (Band): Sting & Police

Just a castaway, an island lost at sea, oh
Another lonely day, with no one here but me, oh
More loneliness than any man could bear
Rescue me before I fall into despair, oh

I'll send an S.O.S. to the world
I'll send an S.O.S. to the world
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my
Message in a bottle, yeah
Message in a bottle, yeah

A year has passed since I wrote my note
But I should have known this right from the start
Only hope can keep me together
Love can mend your life but
Love can break your heart
I'll send an S.O.S. to the world
I'll send an S.O.S. to the world
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my
Message in a bottle, yeah
Message in a bottle, yeah
Message in a bottle, yeah
Message in a bottle, yeah

Walked out this morning, don't believe what I saw
Hundred billion bottles washed up on the shore
Seems I'm not alone in being alone
Hundred billion castaways, looking for a home
I'll send an S.O.S. to the world
I'll send an S.O.S. to the world
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my
Message in a bottle, yeah
Message in a bottle, yeah
Message in a bottle, yeah
Message in a bottle, yeah
Sending out at an S.O.S.
Sending out at an S.O.S.
Sending out at an S.O.S.
Sending out at an S.O.S.
Sending out at an S.O.S.
Sending out at an S.O.S...
Posted By Jeb : 10:24 AM ET
HI

The song for the film "Bobby" heard during the credits sung by Aretha Franklin.
Posted By Laura, an American in Montreal, Canada : 10:41 AM ET
Mr Cooper what about Jive Talking by the Bee Gees for your theme song?
Posted By Craig Quinney ,Stenhousemuir ,Scotland : 10:41 AM ET
Hey 360, stop the presses! "people of the world, join hands and start a love train!" How about "Love Train" by the O'Jays? Totally danceable and words so idealistic, it's also laughable. Perfect motto for our next president.
Posted By Julie in Elmhurst, Il : 3:05 PM ET
Here is another installment of our songs for all the pressing issues on the American Peoples minds:

Money by Pink Floyd: The Economy

Walking in LA by Missing Persons: Gas Prices (Now, if everyone did start walking we could get rid of Poisons Unskinny Bop)

Lets Talk About Sex by Salt and Peppa: AIDS/HIV

I Want a New Drug by Huey Lewis and The News: Rx Drug Reform (Heres your Huey Anderson)

I think we have run out of issues unless anyone else can think of more. I think our work here is done.


List by:
Rachel-Albuquerque, NM
Rhonda-Houston, TX
Posted By Rachel-ABQ, NM and Rhonda-Houston, TX : 3:43 PM ET
How about For What It's Worth by Buffalo Springfield. That certainly ages me, but it also fits for me.
Posted By Jan in Boulder Colorado : 3:53 PM ET
Anderson:
Since I am on vacation with my mom and thirteen year old daughter, I thought it would be fascinating to get a multi-generational perspective for your song search. I am a child of the 80's so my ipod has plenty of Clash, REM, Depeche Mode, etc. Great political songs there, but they don't meet your "dancability" criteria. So, on to mom who starts going on about Bob Dylan (good Lord) and Santana (yikes). Next is the teenager who suggest songs from bands with names like Fall Out Boy and Panic at the Disco. Great bands I am sure, but not what you are looking for here. So, what I have come up with is We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel. Good luck with the song search!
Leigh Anne Kansas City, MO
Posted By Anonymous : 4:35 PM ET
Hi again, Anderson Cooper & Staff!

Just noticed that you like to have a name and city address so resending my song choice with the updated info.

THE perfect song for your political coverage is Alice Coopers'(any relation? ;o) ) I Wanna Be Elected!
Posted By JJ Rolle, Valdosta, Ga : 8:42 PM ET
497 song suggestions?? It's a good start.
But I need some clarification. As an English major, it was drummed into my head that all art has a deeper meaning, something that lurks underneath the groundcover:symbolism, symbolism, symbolism. I'd like to think that I've honed my deconstructing skills to near Ginsu perfection, but even now, I STILL can't find the hidden meaning in the following lyrics:

The roof
The roof
The roof is on fire
We don't need no water
Let the motherf*&*er burn

Does anyone have any suggstions?
Discuss.

But if you need something you can dance to, what about "How Soon is Now" by Morrissey?
Posted By Debbie, Denham Springs, LA : 11:57 PM ET
Hello (again)...

Last week I finally managed to post my song choice ("Computard" that I am, I was too inept to fill out the right spaces and hit "Enter." Duh.).

So, last week, I was successful and suggested Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth." But all day yesterday, this silly old tune kept running through my head.

So, if you happen to be considering a silly, irreverent, little motown song, I'd like to add Lee Dorsey's "Ya-Ya" to the list. Besides, the song is about just sitting around doing nothing all day-- does that remind anyone of, oh... say, anyone, politician-wise?

"Sittin' here, La-La, waitin' for my Ya-Ya uhn-ah... uhn-ah."

If complete SILLYNESS could make the elected ACCOMPLISH something, hoo-dang-ray!

Sorry for the made up words-- I'm right now a very tired zombie full of idiocy. Thank you CNN, for having AC360, and thank you Anderson, for making AC360 all that it is. It's never as good without you-- however; I know then that you're out chasing a story and "Keeping Them Honest," and I'll wait for you gladly.
Posted By Laura Williams, McCall, Idaho : 7:17 AM ET
War's "Why Can't We Be Friends", especially because of this part of the lyrics:

Why can't we be friends?
Why can't we be friends?
Why can't we be friends?
Why can't we be friends?

I'd kinda like to be the President/
So I can show you how your money's spent/

Why can't we be friends?
Why can't we be friends?
Why can't we be friends?
Why can't we be friends?

Sometimes I don't speak too bright/
But yet I know what I'm talking about/
Why can't we be friends...

Posted By Suzie Rose, New York : 10:35 PM ET
I see your Leo Sayer and raise you one Milli Vanilli, 'Too Much Monkey Business' (of course you’d have to edit out the Ronald Regan overdub)
Some other, less tongue-in-cheek, choices.....
Good Times...Chic
Better Days…The Goo Goo Dolls
Freedom Fighter…Creed
Comfortably Numb….SS
Floods…Flin Flon
Posted By Phebe, Phoenix, AZ : 10:41 PM ET
I have a few suggestions... all the songs are politically based and urge change, something we most cetainly need.
Ben Harper: Better Way
The Gossip: Standing in the way of control
Melanie Safka: Candles in the Rain
Posted By Brad Silk, Boston MA : 10:47 PM ET
Song: "It's only the Beginning" - Chicago!
Posted By Fran Martini, Shickshinny PA 18655 : 10:53 PM ET
Hello, Anderson, again.

I pressed "Enter" before I could type in my city, so here are my choices again:

"Get Up, Stand Up" by Bob Marley

"Looking for a Leader" by Neil Young

"People Have the Power" by Patti Smith
Posted By Evelyn White, Barrington, IL : 10:54 PM ET
Obviously John Lennon's Power to the People is a great choice, or for something more current, Ben Harper's Better Way would also work. The lyrics are as follows:

I'm a living sunset
Lightning in my bones
Push me to the edge
But my will is stone

'Cause I believe in a better way!

Fools will be fools
And wise will be wise
But i will look this world
Straight in the eyes

I believe in a better way!
I believe in a better way!

What good is a man
Who won't take a stand
What good is a cynic
With no better plan

I believe in a better way!
I believe in a better way!

Reality is sharp
It cuts at me like a knife
Everyone i know
Is in the fight of their life

I believe in a better way!

Take your face out of your hands
And clear your eyes
You have a right to your dreams
And don't be denied

I believe in a better way!
I believe in a better way!
I believe in a better way!

Another good Ben Harper song that could work is How Many Miles Must We March? The chorus is:

We can't let the future become our past,if we are to change the world. Won't you tell me,
tell me please, how many miles must we march? How many miles must we march?
Posted By Channing, Atlanta,GA : 10:56 PM ET
Oi!

First song to pop into my head would be Renegades of Funk ~ by Rage Against the Machine
Posted By Jon, North Royalton, Ohio : 11:03 PM ET
Anderson,
This is an old song, but with the number of politicians running for the nominations, I'd suggest Smokey and the Miracles' "(My momma told me) You Better Shop Around!" Probably good advice, in any event! Keep on "Keeping Them Honest!...
Posted By Tom Casey, Goldsboro, NC : 11:05 PM ET
Here are a few ideas:

1. "Something In The Air" Thunderclap Newman ( covered by Tom Petty)
2. "I'm A Ram" Al Green
sample lyric:
The ram caught in a "bush"
Needs to be free
Won't somebody
Come on and see about me
3. " Here Comes President Kill Again" XTC
4. "Put the Message In The Box" World Party
5. "One World" Dire Straits
sample lyric:
Cant find the reasons for your actions
Or I dont much like the reasoning you use
Somehow your motives are impure
Or somehow I cant find the cure
Cant find no antidote for blues
5. "No More Kings" from Schoolhouse Rock
6. "Don't Lie To Me" Big Star
7. "It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To" Lesley Gore ( GOP only!!!)
8. "You May Be Right" Billy Joel
sample lyric:
Now think of all the years you tried to
Find someone to satisfy you...
9. "Don't Look Back" Boston
10. "Going The Distance" Cake
11. "Long Walk To D.C." The Staple Singers
12. "Alta Mira" The Edgar Winter Group

Hope this helps!
Posted By John from Birmingham, Al : 11:41 PM ET
Hi Anderson,

Here's a suggestion, check out Pedal To The Medal by Kazzer.
Posted By Debora from Vancouver, B.C. Canada : 11:46 PM ET
I like "POWER TO THE PEOPLE" -- How about Patti Smith's version? It's raw, inspiring and hopefully a theme that will return with the 2008 elections.

Second idea -- John Mayer "WAITING ON THE WORLD TO CHANGE" -- especially love the line, "when they own the information, they can bend it all they want..."
Posted By Sue, New York, NY : 11:46 PM ET
How about "Big Brother" by Stevie Wonder:

Your name is big brother
You say that you're watching me on the tele,
Seeing me go nowhere,
Your name is big brother,
You say that you're tired of me protesting,
Children dying everyday,
My name is nobody
But I can't wait to see your face inside my door.

Your name is big brother
You say that you got me all in your notebook,
Writing it down everyday,
Your name is I'll see ya,
I'll change if you vote me in as the pres,
The President of your soul
I live in the ghetto,
You just come to visit me 'round election time.

I live in the ghetto,
Someday I will move on my feet to the other side,
My name is secluded, we live in a house the size of a matchbox,
Roaches live with us wall to wall,

You've killed all our leaders,
I don't even have to do nothin' to you,
You'll cause your own country to fall.

~Peace
Posted By Cristy T Birmingham, AL : 11:47 PM ET
Leon Russell's "Stranger in a Strange Land" from Leon Russell and the Shelter People :

How many days has it been
Since I was born
How many days until I die
Do I know any ways
That I can make you laugh
Or do I only know how to make you cry

When the baby looks around him
It's such a sight to see
He shares a simple secret
With the wise man

He's a stranger in a strange land
Just a stranger in a strange land
Tell me why
He's a stranger in a strange land
Just a stranger in a strange land

How many miles will it take
To see the sun
And how many years until it's done
Kiss my confusion away in the night
Lay by side when the morning comes

And the baby looks around him
And shares his bed of hay
With the burrow in the palace of the king

He's a stranger in a strange land
Tell me why
He's a stranger in a strange land
Just a stranger in a strange land

Well, I don't exactly know
What's going on in the world today
Don't know what there is to say
About the way the people are treating
Each other, not like brothers

Leaders take us far away from ecology
With mythology and astrology
Has got some words to say
About the way we live today
Why can't we learn to love each other
It's time to turn a new face
To the whole world wide human race

Stop the money chase
Lay back, relax
Get back on the human track
Stop racing toward oblivion
Oh, such a sad, sad state we're in
And that's a thing

Do you recognize the bells of truth
When you hear them ring
Won't you stop and listen
To the children sing
Won't you come on and sing it children

He's a stranger in a strange land
Just a stranger in a strange land
Posted By Cristy Taylor Birmingham, AL : 11:58 PM ET
I'd like to nominate a choice of two songs for the political theme song.
1. "Dialogue, Pts. 1&2" from the Chicago V album -or-
2. "What's This World Coming To" from the Chicago VI album

Actually, after listening to both again "Dialogue" is a much better song
Posted By Gary, Moab, UT : 12:05 AM ET
I wasn't sure if I had filled out the form correctly, but here are my two choices for a theme song:

"Equal Rights" by Peter Tosh. The chorus states, "I want equal rights and justice," and that's what we all want since we have seemed to forget, especially when it comes to opposing our "leaders."

The other song is "Gimme Some Truth" by John Lennon. This song speaks the truth, saying, "All I want is the truth, just gimme some truth." All we want is the truth in this election, even from the 'neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians' that John Lennon wrote about.

I hope you enjoy the songs as much as I do, and keep on keeping them honest, Anderson.
Posted By Sasha Holston, Akron, OH : 12:32 AM ET
Hi there!
I love this call-to-action, Anderson. Makes us all feel like our vote might actually matter. So for what it’s worth, here are my suggestions:

1. “Crash & Burn” by Savage Garden – upbeat pop; lyrics are very humanistic and seem to fit your news show (except for the tame your wild heart line, though)
2. “Burnout” by Sipho Hotstix Mabuse – disco hip; worldly; I bought the album Winds of Change last summer while in South Africa and while I have no idea what some of the lyrics are saying, I really like it
3. “Love & Understanding” by Chris Spheeris & Paul Voudouris – new age; eclectic; calming, yet reflective; lyrics are limited which might be best unless the title itself is too sappy
4. “Takin’ Care of Business” by Buchman-Turner Overdrive – it’s what you all do – keeping ‘em honest; title says it all; enough said
5. “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac – classic rock song and probably would work if Clinton hadn’t used it as his campaign song or at his ’93 inauguration party or with Monica Lewinsky . . . oh well!
6. “Simply the Best” by Tina Turner – I know, I know, too Oprahesque (is that even a word?!?) for your show, but it’s a personal favorite so I had to list it. Besides, everyone agrees you are “simply the best”!!

Also, depending on how long this song plans to be playing, the intro to “The Boys of Summer” by Don Henley is something like 30 seconds long and has a good beat that draws you in and just sounds like something you’d hear at the beginning of a news show. Also, the 22 second intro to “Urgent” by Foreigner really gets you in the mood (for the news?) and even makes you want to dance. Or not.

Good luck! Keep up the good work! And by the way, what’s wrong with Journey?? “Any Way You Want It” might be a good ratings booster (not that you need it, but suggest it to Lou Dobbs or Nancy Grace).
Posted By stephanie, alpharetta, ga : 1:34 AM ET
Hey Anderson (and respective CNN staff who are probably screening this),

I heard that you're looking for a political coverage song and after scouring my music collection, I would like to recommend the following:

"Smile Like You Mean It" - Tally Hall
"Real Bad News" - Aimee Mann
"Lazy Gun" - Jet

...and even though it's been a smidge bit overplayed:

"Connected" - Stereo MC's

Also, (even though this is a bit off topic) if you're ever looking for general music for the show, I would like to personal recommend any work by the following artists:

Ozark Henry - http://www.ozarkhenry.com
Salem - http://www.houseofsalem.dk/
Sebastien Schuller - http://www.sebastienschuller.com/

Out of all of the random stuff that I listen to, those are by far my personal favorites (well minus the production work of Yoko Kanno, but I sincerely doubt that you want to be using anime music, no matter how good and metaphorically speaking, shiny it is.)

Anyway, I love the show and I hope that you guys end up choosing a truly amazing song.

Best wishes,

Aimee
AC360 staff:

Why not "Race for the Prize" by the Flaming Lips?

Catchy melody, big booming drums, great lyrics... it's got it all.
Posted By Jason Kiernan, Columbus, Ohio : 2:52 AM ET
Hello Anderson, Love your journalism. I feel we are in a sad state with the politics in this country, therefore the only song that comes to mind is "There's A Hole In The World" by the Eagles. Sorry you can't dance to it so I'll try and think of another.
Posted By Marilyn Martin Nokomis, Fl : 7:30 AM ET
I think a perfect song is LETS WORK TOGETHER by Canned Heat, it is exactly what this country needs to do if we are going to safe ourselves.
Posted By C wells Creston NC : 8:09 AM ET
I have one band for you: OTEP. The album: THE ASCENSION. The song: CONFRONTATION.

Need I say more?
Anderson,

Two great songs that speak to war, are catchy, and you can dance to 'em!

1. World Wide Suicide - Pearl Jam
2. Baba O'Riley - The Who

Peace.
Posted By KJ - Phoenix, AZ : 9:12 AM ET
OTEP'S "CONFRONTATION"!
Posted By J.B.Hale , Abbott ,TX. : 10:21 AM ET
Anderson, I am 15 and watch your show all the time. I think that you should try a heavier title. two wonderful songs are "eyes of the insane" by slayer and "confrontation" by OTEP.
Posted By Chris Neuharth South Milwaukee, Wisconsin : 11:16 AM ET
America the Beautiful by Ray Charles.
Posted By Selena, Birmingham Al : 11:20 AM ET
Rule by Nas is the perfect song. People will recognize it because it samples Tears for Fears "Everybody wants to rule the world" but it has a hipper beat that is danceable, and speaks to all classes of people.
Posted By Kelley from Chi : 2:33 AM ET
"Talk To The Animals". I think that pretty much says it all.
Posted By Carol, Palatine, IL : 3:02 AM ET
I vote for Oteps "Confrontation"
It Is a meaningful song. It is straight to the point with no beating around the bush.
It represents how alot of people feel.
Posted By Brett A. Heth of Marion, Ohio : 7:33 AM ET
What's going on? -Marvin Gaye (1971)

Okay... it doesn't have a good beat and isn't easy to dance too. However, it reflects issues such as poverty, war, drug abuse, civil unrest - issues that should not be timeless, yet remain in the forefront 36 years later.

Or, we could just "BLAME CANADA." (South Park Movie) Hey, it DID win a major award!
Posted By Diane Wilson, Ann Arbor, MI : 9:26 AM ET
Hey AC: Here are my suggestions:
I want to break free (Queen)
All by myself (ECarmen for GBush)
Riders on the storm (The Doors)
Money (Pink Floyd)
Take a chance on me (ABBA for Hillary)

Glad to see Michael Ware back...He should blog once in a while...

(by the way, I do hate Celine (her song choices besides 2 in French)
even if I'm canadian, can't stand her but I do respect what she achieved in her career)

Thanks! Josee
Posted By Josee (Montreal, Quebec) : 1:28 PM ET
how about fatboy slim's weapon of choice? or empire by kasabian?
Posted By annie, portsmouth, uk : 4:13 PM ET
Okay, so someone took my first post and got their name on 360! This time I'm going with the perfect song - "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Robin Williams
West Gardiner, Maine
Posted By Robin Williams : 5:09 PM ET
I think...
1-"We're not gonna take it" By Twisted Sister
2-'Under the Influence" By James Morrison...lyrics are...


I was sure, I was born and raised to be my own man
I was so sure; I was never going to need a helping hand
And she said, trust in your heart and there's no need to understand
Well just when I thought I had it planned out

Whatever I do I'm under the influence of you
Whatever I do I'm under the influence of you

I was driving too close to the edge and living dangerously
I felt strange a warm sensation rising up inside of me
Oh like a tidal wave came from nowhere swept me off my feet

Oh but somehow making me complete now

Whatever I do I'm under the influence of you
Whatever I do I'm under the influence of you
Whatever I do I'm under the influence of you
Whatever I do I'm under the influence of you

Once you've had a taste of it there's no going back
Once you've had a taste of it there's no going back
Once you've had a taste of it there's no going back
Once you've had a taste of it there's no going back

Whatever I do I'm under the influence of you
Whatever I do I'm under the influence of you
Whatever I do I'm under the influence of you
Whatever I do I'm under the influence of you

Andrea Loveland, CO
Posted By Andrea Marine Loveland Colorado : 5:38 PM ET
I think the best song for ANY political situation would be Raise A Little Hell by Trooper
Lets just tell the truth......politics is just like raising a piece of hell......right!
Posted By Gary Kent, Ohio : 6:29 PM ET
This song "what a Day" form Tanya Stevens out of Jamaica says it all.


Verse 1

I'm tired of the hunger I see on people's faces
Tired of the animosity between the races
Tired of corruption in high and low places
And pricks with money but no social graces
Tired of being judged for the style in my hair
And the music that I listen and the clothes that I wear
Tired of life and death being sold as a pair
and politicians who keep saying they care but
Maybe hoping for a change is a dream
Maybe life aint as bad as it seems
But if dreaming is the best I can do i'll be dreaming my whole life through

CHO

What a day when war becomes a thing of the past
and peace, we will have it at last
and life is finally worth its cost and oh oh oh
What a day when men finally live what they teach
and love aint just a concept we preach
and blood no longer runs in the streets
oh oh oh, what a day

Verse 2

Tired of leaving church feeling like I've just been robbed
2 hours of rambling not much mention of God
The richest man's the only one who does not have a job
A bunch of righteous freaks extorting worse than the mob
Tired of baby momma tired of babydaddy
Chilling in the spot where the parents should be
Teenage mother saying "Lea' ma bi'niz alone"
In 20 years the kid could be robbing my home but
I got a vision of a whole other plain
Where the spiritual can flourish again
I'm just waiting for the fire to rain
Burn dung everything and start clean
(Repeat cho)
Posted By Mara Deane, St. John's Antigua : 9:31 PM ET
"It's the End of the World," by REM. Cynical? Yes. Accurate? Yet to be determined.
Posted By Sarah, Yuma, AZ : 10:30 PM ET
May I suggest:

"Force Ten" by Rush or
"Second Nature" also by Rush from their CD - Hold Your Fire.
Posted By David Brandt, Overland Park, KS : 11:05 PM ET
Hi Anderson!

I've put a lot of thought into this and have got a few suggestions ...

Help!- The Beatles
Revolution- The Beatles
Everybody Wake Up - Dave Matthews Band

These are my "shot in the dark" suggestions ... you wouldn't happen to be a fan of Final Countdown-Europe would you? You can't go wrong with that one! Also, if you just want to have some fun, how about 2Legit2Quit- MC Hammer?

Have a good time finding a song, I look forward to watching your coverage of the election!
Posted By Christina, Fargo, ND : 11:14 PM ET
How about Light & Day from the polyphonic spree or The Distance by Cake
Posted By Tiana, Kirkland WA : 12:21 AM ET
"Peaceful Revolution" by 311 off of their album "Dammit!". Here are the lyrics:

Its good to be alive in the peaceful revolution
An honor to observe the beautiful solution
I tip my hat to we the people in order to form a more perfect world
This shall come to pass

The beginning of the end
Of the ignorance that once could send
The tyrant to power
His day is done
In the worldwide revolution
Yeah, the peaceful revolution

All around this small world
Now the people demand to listen
These truths self-evident
Philosophical evolution
As the old die out
The young see a better way
Human rights guaranteed to all
Without regard to race, I say

The beginning of the end
Now the people vote, we will not send
The tyrant to power
His day is done
In the worldwide revolution

In the peaceful revolution

I see the last frontier in the peaceful revolution
World peace is merely a product of social evolution
The conquest lies in accepting different peoples
And thinking right here at home
In the suns kingdom

The beginning of the end
And of the tolerance that once could send
The tyrant to power
His day is done
In the worldwide revolution
In the peaceful revolution

Its the peaceful revolution
Its the peaceful revolution
Posted By Justin, San Diego, California : 2:51 AM ET
Anderson, I put a bit of thought into this project, and I believe this song is quite fitting...Still politically relevant after all these years...Perhaps instead of trying to "Keep them Honest"...we should just offer them a little "Sympathy"...
The Rolling Stones....
"Sympathy for the Devil"...

"Please allow me to introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste
I've been around for a long long year stolen many man's soul and faith
I was around when Jesus Christ had His moment of doubt and pain
Made damn sure that Pilate washed his hands and sealed His fate
Pleased to meet you hope you guess my name
But what's puzzling you is the nature of my game

Stuck around St. Petersburg when I saw it was a time for a change
Killed the czar and his ministers, Anastasia screamed in vain
I rode a tank held a generals rank when the blitzkrieg
raged and the bodies stank
Pleased to meet you hope you guess my name. Oh yeah
Ah what's puzzling you is the nature of my game. Oh yeah

I watched the glee while your kings and queens fought for
ten decades for the Gods they made
I shouted out "Who killed the Kennedy's?" when after all
it was you and me
Let me please introduce myself I'm a man of wealth and taste
And I lay traps for troubadours who get killed before they reach Bombay
Pleased to meet you hope you guess my name. Oh yeah
But what's puzzling you is the nature of my game. Oh yeah
Pleased to meet you hope you guess my name
But what's puzzling you is the nature of my game

Just as every cop is a criminal and all the sinners, Saints
as heads is tails, just call me Lucifer 'cause I'm in need
of some restraint
So if you meet me, have some courtesy have some sympathy
and some taste
Use all your well learned politesse or I'll lay your soul to waste
Pleased to meet you hope you guess my name
But what's puzzling you is the nature of my game"
Love your show, Thanks for all that you do...Best Regards....Jim
Posted By James Daly, Ocala, Florida : 3:02 AM ET
Two suggestions for you..."Politician" by Cream, or "Mule" by Gov't Mule.
Posted By Robert, Jackson MS : 9:41 AM ET
I vote for "Change Your Mind" by Sister Hazel.

It's got an upbeat and positive message. Perfect!
Posted By Diane S. Kingman AZ : 11:24 AM ET
Political and rocking, how about "Gotta keep Movin" (vietnam era throwback, but the movin' reference works) by Mc5? Or "Ball of Confusion" (saw some suggest this) as performed by Love and Rockets, an updated "slicker" version. Looking forward to your coverage of this critical election.
Posted By Stephanie Spinosa Henderson, Nevada : 12:46 PM ET
"You Never Even Call Me By My Name" by David Alan Coe, is said the be 'the perfect country western song' b/c it has an added verse that mentions trucks, trains, prison, drinking, and of course rain.

I like Barbara's pick from Los Angeles who chose, "With a Little Help From My Friends" by Joe Cocker

"Bad Moon Rising" by Credence Clearwater Revival

Dax from Montgomery/Atlanta
Posted By Dax McKeever : 6:19 PM ET
Hi AC,

I love the work that you do in Keeping Them Honest.

The future does not feel hopeful to me. I have studied all of the candidates and do not see the Genius, Diplomat and Humanitarian we desperately need to clean up the problems that have plagued us for the past 6-7 years. It all sounds like the same old rhetoric we have listened to election after election. Many people do want a drastic change in our leaders but it sounds like the candidates are still not listening to the voters: the same old agenda.

Thom Yorke of Radiohead has his finger on the pulse of this feeling and has many songs that would be fitting. I hope that you will consider:

The National Anthem
by Radiohead

for the Political Coverage Theme Song.

Everyone
Everyone around here
Everyone is so near
It's holding on
It's holding on

Everyone
Everyone is so near
Everyone has got the fear
It's holding on
It's holding on

Turn it off! (x3)

Thanks,
Deb Fox
Austin, Texas
Posted By Deb Fox : 1:09 AM ET
How about "Someone Who's Cool" by the Odds?
Posted By Kim, Memphis : 11:51 AM ET
Hi Anderson! Watch you every night and love 360!! My vote for the song: John Lennon's POWER TO THE PEOPLE as recorded by THE BLACK EYED PEAS. The song most recently appears on the Amnesty International Save Darfur CD.
Take a listen. It is empowering!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eU_COhv8GU

Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on

Say you want a revolution
We better get on right away
Well you get on your feet
And out on the street

Singing power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on

A million workers working for nothing
You better give em what they really own
We got to put you down
When we come into town

Singing power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on

I gotta ask you comrades and brothers
How do you treat you own woman back home
She got to be herself
So she can free herself

Singing power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on
Now, now, now, now

Oh well, power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on

Yeah, power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on

Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on
Posted By Clarissa Strosnider : 12:26 PM ET
GRAHAM PARKER
"Stick to the Plan" [MP3]
Posted By JP / Chicago, IL : 12:31 PM ET
I agree with Diane, "Change your mind" from Sister Hazel would be the perfect song.
Posted By Shelby E., Reading, PA : 12:58 PM ET
GIVE ME SOME SPRINGSTEEN.
BORN IN THE USA.
you know you want it coop.
Posted By Chris Yamashiro Los Angeles, CA : 1:41 PM ET
How about John Lennon's Give Me Some Truth from the Imagine album. Seems appropriate enough.

"I sick and tired of hearing things from uptight short sighted narrow minded hypocrites. All I want is the truth, just give me some truth.
I've had enough of reading things by neurotic psychotic pigheaded politicians. All I want is the truth, just give me some truth."

Well, you get the idea.
Posted By Richard Meyer : 2:11 PM ET
Hey Anderson!

I'm thinking Policy of Truth by Depeche Mode. Or maybe Land of Confusion. I'm not a huge Genesis fan, but that's a goodie.

Keep up the good work!
Posted By Marlana M, Kansas City, MO : 12:56 PM ET
You asked for an appropiate song and I know just the one!! It is a Streetdogs song called "Final Transmission". The lyrics are so fitting. About this young guy, who has big dreams that he wants to fulfill, has to go to war and never gets to fullfil those dreams. It is a song for all the mothers with children in warzones. I realy hope you will check this song out.
Posted By Ellen de Boer, Richmond TX : 9:28 PM ET
Hey Anderson.....
How about a lil AC/DC.......It seems like all our canidates running lately have been cursing the "Hi, ghway to hell.. Sorry, But if the song fits..Play it again sam, LOSERS :P

Ina Martin Conway sc
Posted By Anonymous : 12:46 PM ET
Here's a good one:
"Fanfare For The Common Man" by Emerson, Lake and Palmer. I think it was used at an Olympic Game. Also, I hope Harry lives!
Posted By Sue Z, River Grove, Illinois : 2:12 PM ET
I heard U2's "I Will Follow" on the radio the other day and knew THIS IS THE SONG! It's got a riveting intro, thoughtful lyrics, and of course you can't find a better balance for politics than U2's music.
Posted By Mary L. Patterson, Walnut Creek, CA : 5:30 PM ET
Of course, U2 is such an obvious choice (see my other suggestion "I Will Follow") that I'd also like to suggest one of my all-time favorites, Sly and the Family Stone's "Thank You (falettin me be mice elf again)".
Posted By Mary L. Patterson, Walnut Creek, CA : 5:58 PM ET
The only song that would perfectly describe the current state of American politics is Barry McGuire's "Eve of Distruction". It is sad, but true!!! Or another favorite is Neil Young's "Let's Impeach the President". Either one would be the perfect signal for yet another depressing story about the faltering system we once called democracy.
Posted By Kami Cossey, Bowling Green, KY : 10:58 PM ET
One of the great advantages to living in a free
and open society is having the power to choose.
This extends to our right to vote.

With that in mind, I suggest the Devo classic,
"Freedom of Choice".

Freedom of choice
Is what you got
Freedom from choice
Is what you want
Posted By Randy, South Florida : 4:05 AM ET
Dear Anderson,

I am sure this has already been suggested, but I think “Our Country” by John Mellencamp would be an excellent choice for your political son; because it is so non-political.


"Our Country"

Written by John Mellencamp

Well I can stand beside
Ideals I think are right
And I can stand beside
The idea to stand and fight
I do believe
There’s a dream for everyone
This is our country

There’s room enough here
For science to live
And there’s room enough here
For religion to forgive
And try to understand
All the people of this land
This is our country

From the east coast
To the west coast
Down the Dixie Highway
Back home
This is our country

That poverty could be
Just another ugly thing
And bigotry would be
Seen only as obscene
And the ones that run this land
Help the poor and common man
This is our country

From the east coast
To the west coast
Down the Dixie Highway
Back home
This is our country

The dream is still alive
Some day it will come true
And this country it belongs
To folks like me and you
So let the voice of freedom
Sing out through this land
This is our country

From the east coast
To the west coast
Down the Dixie Highway
Back home
This is our country

From the east coast
To the west coast
Down the Dixie Highway
Back home
This is our country


Good luck in making your selection!


Jo Ann
Posted By Jo Ann Matese, North Royalton, Ohio : 5:11 PM ET
I have two words for this blog...

Modest Mouse

The song is called "the view" and it is nice and peppy. It is also a song with a cause. Quite fitting I would say.

Jillian Taylor
Winnipeg, MB
Posted By Jillian Taylor : 5:49 PM ET
I saw up there someone put "Sympathy for the Devil" by the Rolling Stones, but I think that maybe Guns N Roses version of "Sympathy for the Devil" is more livelier. Just my .02.
Posted By Josh, New Orleans, LA : 6:53 PM ET
Yep it's another song suggestion:

in the interests of truth and not spin I offer:depeche mode: "the policy of truth"


never again is what you swore the time before..........



a line from the tune you can dance too.
Posted By michael wright vancouver bc : 7:57 PM ET
Otep's "Confrontaiton".
Posted By Laura Schiller Park, illinois : 11:12 PM ET
AC 360 TEAM,

Tell Me Lies – Fleetwood Mac (Upbeat, however a choice for the cynical)

500 Miles – The Proclaimers (Takes a lot of "hoofing it" to campaign across America!)

We Belong Together – Mariah Carey (R & B play on Hillary’s choice?)

On The Way Down – Ryan Cabrerra (HAHA! Lyrics fit well with the lack of Presidential and Congressional confidence, but still sounds peppy and somewhat optimistic!)


Best of luck to you folks with the selection process!

Thanks for the reporting and hard work,

Jeff– Sandpoint, Idaho
Posted By Jeff- Sandpoint, Idaho : 12:03 AM ET
Adding to a previous post,

AC 360 Team:

Could you please continue your work "keeping them honest" so they don't tell me sweet

"Little Lies" by Fleetwood Mac

Your new campaign coverage song! Maybe. Okay, I'm done.

Jeff - Sandpoint, Idaho
Posted By Jeff - Sandpoint, Idaho : 2:25 AM ET
Salutations 360 team, My song choice is Free Ride by The Edgar Winter! It might not have the obvious peace and revoltion theme, but the lyrics are great and the music is even better!360 is way too smart to choose a contrived political song.ROCK ON!!!
Posted By Chelsea Ofoia- Claremont, CA : 3:46 AM ET
How about The Imperial March? Everybody knows it, it has a killer beat, and it seems to match not just Bush's policies, but U.S. government policies from the 1980's to the foreseeable future. I think it's an excellent choice.
Posted By Bobby, Rockville, MD : 10:50 AM ET
Electric Light Orchestra's "Send it", specifically for the lyrics, "If you've seen my Dream, send it back home to me" and because it's easy to listen to. That or Frank Sinatra singing "Send in the Clowns".
Posted By Stacie Poyner Corrales, NM : 8:10 PM ET
This is really simple Anderson,the songs are:
1...real situation.
2...so much trouble in the world.
3...get up,stand up for your rights.

All songs by the great Bob Marley and the Wailers.

posted by Kanja Hanuteh, los Angeles CA
Posted By kanja Hanuteh,Los Angeles Ca : 3:05 PM ET
Here's another suggestion - Rise Up by The Parachute Club.
Posted By Sharon, Oakville, Ontario : 1:25 AM ET
Hi Anderson,

Here are some suggestions:

"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" - Gil Scot Heron
"Everyday People" - Sly and the Family Stone
"That's The Way of The World" - Earth Wind & Fire"

Here's a hearty endorsement for songs that have already been mentioned:

"There's Hope" - India Arie
"Smiling Faces" - The Undisputed Truth
"Try Again" - Aaliyah
"Respect" - Aretha Franklin
"One Nation Under A Groove" - Parliament/Funkadelic
Posted By Debbie - Abington, PA : 1:27 AM ET
well idk what exactly you guys have in mind but when you said you got to be able to dance to it...it clicked in my mind..maybe something from the Hotel Costes would appeal.
Posted By Sumayah Unia, Newbury Park, CA : 1:55 PM ET
Hi Anderson,

I make it a point to always watch or TiVo your show.

My somewhat prosaic song recommendations are:

Rockin' In The Free World - Neil
Young

Just Another Day - Oingo Boingo

Hell - The Tiger Lilies

Things Have Changed - Bob Dylan

Or ... how about ..... (LOL)

Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin

Thanks, and good luck.
Posted By Jodi Downey California : 3:59 PM ET
Hey Anderson,

pretty cool idea. What about 'Is It Any Wonder' by Keane. I also think 'Ruby' by Kaiser Chiefs and Billy Idol's 'White Wedding' might be good songs.

Really looking forward to the debates. I'm pretty sure it's gonna be awesome.
Posted By Verena , Cologne, Germany : 5:30 PM ET
How about Tom T. Hall's "America The Ugly"?
There was a man came to see the USA from a foreign land
To photograph the progress of dear old Uncle Sam
He got off the boat in New York went down to the Bowery
I know what the man went to photograph and to see
There were hopeless hungry living dead
Winos who sell their souls for a bottle of a cheapest red
That's the picture that he wanted
And that's what he got they say America the ugly today
[ guitar ]
He went to the Appalachians and he saw what we all have seen
Where people live on bread and soup fat back and pinto beans
He saw the hungry children and he photographed the ragged clothes
I guess we're gonna try to tell him that it ain't so
There were good men standin' around with nothing to do
Pregnant young women who didn't even have a pair of shoes
The man got his pictures and what are we going to say America the ugly today
[ guitar ]
Then he went to the medicare centers and he saw the old people there
It seems that the young generation just didn't want 'em in their hair
He saw the poor man workin' it out while the mighty rich lives high
And my friend that brings a gleam to the enemy's eyes
There were some folks had plenty and some had none at all
The enemy knows when a heart gets hard the country is bound to fall
If we get heads and hearts together we won't have to hear them say
America the ugly today America the ugly today
Posted By Lauren in Nashville : 6:52 PM ET
After watching the YouTube debates I'm thinking "American Idiot" by Green Day - maybe that's because of the way global warming was trivialized by using a snowman joke to address it - then only letting Dennis Kucinich answer - even when Hillary tried and you wouldn't let her talk.
Posted By David from Walla Walla : 9:38 PM ET
An election theme that I won't be sick of hearing by the 10,000th time...
Only 2 songs I can think of that meet both criteria:
The Staple Singers-I'll take you There
or
Mr Elvis Costello-What's so Funny (bout peace love and understanding)?
Posted By Jacqueline Whitfield in Pullman Michigan : 1:20 PM ET
The M. Ward album, Post-War.

Track 2, To Go Home
or
Track 9, Neptune's Net
Posted By Rob Popp, Somers, NY : 3:33 PM ET
Woo-Hoo !! I see another vote for "Raise a Little Hell" by Troopers...thats what you and people like you , with integrity and class (and a little power haha )should be doing...
Posted By Nancy B Liberty Texas : 5:16 PM ET
Oh sure. Add the "no explicit lyrics" requirement now. That just wiped out a good half of my list. Harumph. ;)

I'm still going with my original brain child:
Emerson, Lake and Palmer's "Karn Evil 9-1st impression, part 2"

No explicit lyrics (it was the 70's after all), but maybe a little naughty if you listen close (it was the 70's after all). Remarkably catchy and politics has always reminded me of a slightly warped carnival...
Posted By Elizabeth, San Francisco, CA : 9:10 PM ET
Here are my top choices in no paticular order:

-What's Up by 4 Non Blondes
-Bad Religion (clean version) by Godsmack
-Freedom Slaves by Tesla
-Change In The Weather by Tesla
Posted By Melissa E. Kansas City, MO : 10:52 PM ET
Hi Anderson, how about "Proud" by Heather Small? Its insperational, has a great beat and you can dance to it. :)
Posted By Juventino B., Burlington, WA : 4:47 AM ET
Kylie Minogue, "Spinning Around." Surely it's dance-able...

When are you guys going to pick a song?!?
Posted By Jason, Columbus, OH : 2:46 AM ET
"Change Your Mind" - Sister Hazel
Posted By Kelly Adairsville, GA : 3:41 PM ET
Hi Everyone,
I'm in Ireland so I don't get a say in your presidential race but I think Bon Jovi's 'Keep the faith' is a winner for this theme song.... Your all singing it in your heads now aren't you??? foot tapping??? And the lyrics are appropriate! That's just my humble opinion for what it's worth. Good luck! This should be interesting... lol.
Denise. Cork. Ireland.
Posted By Denise : 5:47 PM ET
OK, so I'm a little out of touch. What ever happened with this? I can't seem to find any results.
Posted By Cristy T, Birmingham, AL : 7:59 AM ET
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