After a summer and fall of endless stories about the campaign songs which won the presidency for candidates since 1896, and with the opportunity to listen and discern to all twenty of them, they were grouped into four categories within which readers had the chance to chose the best one. You can hear them all at this link: http://carlanthonyonline.com/2012/10/24/vote-here-now-for-president-with-the-best-campaign-music/
And here are the results…
Fourth place is actually a tie between two men who ran against each other for the 1960 Democratic nomination, then served together as President and Vice President, the latter going on to serve in his own right.
From the third category of “Adapters,” each polling at 26.67 percent each were John F. Kennedy, whose campaign song, High Hopes was adapted and performed by Frank Sinatra, and Lyndon B. Johnson, whose campaign song Hello Lyndon! was adapted and performed by Carol Channing. They beat out FDR, Truman and Eisenhower.
Taking third place, topping his opponentss McKinley, Rosevelt, Taft, Wilson, Coolidge and Hoover of the “Originals” category with 27.27 percent. is Warren G. Harding, whose campaign song, Mr. Harding, We’re All For You was written as an original song and performed by Al Jolson.
The second highest rate of all the presidential campaign songs came from the “Revivalists” category with 54.55 percent among his competition of Ford and Carter was Richard Nixon. His song, Nixon’s the One was performed by Connie Francis.
The winner of all the twenty Presidents came from the last category of the “Appropriators.” That President whose song earned the greatest number of votes was Bill Clinton. His campaign song, Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow took 56.25 in his category, beating out Reagan, Bush, Bush and Obama.
What conclusion might political analysts reach? Winners from two entries were Republicans and winners from the other two were Democrats – so the nation is evenly split on which party turns out Presidents with the best campaign songs. Four of the five were U.S. Semators whereas only one, Clinton, was Governor. Two died in office – and one resigned. Two were impeached. Two led us through war. Three (Harding, Nixon, Clinton) proposed national health care programs of varying degrees.
Perhaps no conclusion can be definitively made except that by intent or luck they had fun songs.
So, as the more important election is going on today, if you are waiting on line to vote and your smartphone is juiced up, listen one more time to the four winning Presidential campaign songs.
Here they are: