Musicians Who Told Politicians ‘Don’t Use My Song’

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31. Survivor
> Song: Eye of the Tiger
> Politician: Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich
> Outcome:

The Huckabee campaign was forced to pay a $25,000 settlement for unlicensed use of Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger,” best known as the theme song from “Rocky III.” Newt Gingrich also paid a settlement over use of the song in 2012, though the amount was not disclosed.

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32. The Heavy
> Song: How You Like Me Now
> Politician: Newt Gingrich
> Outcome:

Gingrich ceased using the song at rallies after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the British indie-rock band’s music publisher.

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33. Tom Petty
> Song: I Won’t Back Down, American Girl
> Politician: George W. Bush, John McCain, Michele Bachmann
> Outcome:

While Tom Petty was able to prevent both Bush and McCain from using his songs, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann was less willing to back down, playing Petty’s hit “American Girl” even after receiving a cease-and-desist letter.

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34. Twisted Sister
> Song: We’re Not Gonna Take It
> Politician: Paul Ryan, Donald Trump
> Outcome:

In response to a harsh statement from Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider over Paul Ryan’s one-time use of their 1984 hit, the campaign told Politico, “We’re Not Gonna Play It anymore.”

Snider achieved similar results by quietly asking his reported friend Donald Trump to abstain from playing the song at rallies.

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35. Van Halen
> Song: Right Now
> Politician: John McCain
> Outcome:

While singer Sammy Hagar said he was honored a presidential candidate used his words, bandmates Eddie and Alex Van Halen issued a statement clarifying that they had not given permission for McCain to use the song. McCain continued using the song regardless.