The Killers, “Read My Mind” from 2006’s “Sam’s Town” released by The Island Def Jam Music Group
Probably didn’t peg Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as a fan of The Killers, did you? Or how about President Barack Obama as a No Doubt fan?
Romney’s campaign playlist - the music that plays before his appearances and other campaign events- has a variety of genres and artists including a handful of songs from The Killers, whose vocalist, Brandon Flowers, is Mormon like Romney.
The Atlantic Wire’s Elspeth Reeve says campaign playlists have two main purposes:
The first is that it’s just a bunch of songs that have a lively enough beat to keep the crowd energetic and happy. The second is that every single artist and tune is selected to subtly communicate messages about the candidate and his policies.
Romney’s playlist features some artists who have endorsed him, most notably, Kid Rock. ’80s rocker Meatloaf recently endorsed Romney, but none of his songs have been added to the Romney/Ryan campaign playlist yet.
Obama’s playlist makes an obvious play toward younger voters, with No Doubt’s “Different People” from 1995’s “Tragic Kingdom” album as well as Florence and the Machine and the Arcade Fire.
Bruce Springsteen, who recently endorsed Obama and performed a free concert in Charlottesville in support of the president, is also included.
You can listen and see a complete list of Obama’s playlist here on Spotify.
You can also check out Romney’s Spotify playlist here.