Today is a surreal day in American history. It is election day here in the United States, and after months of vitriolic campaigning, email scandals, up-to-the-minute poll number reports, and endless debating between friends and family, America will elect our next president, and the two nominees couldn’t be more different. Most of my friends are fearful of what could potentially happen, myself included, as I learned several family members are voting for a candidate that will work to end America’s history of inclusivity and diversity.
Join me as I seek comfort in the most dependable therapy I have — music — as our country makes history today, in one way or another.
5) Green Day – “American Idiot”
This is pretty on the nose, but I’ve discussed politics with several people on the internet, which is a terrible decision unless you want to completely lose faith in America’s education system. Green Day is known for their politically charged songs, and the band noted this song’s relevance at their MTV EMA performance this week (changing the lyrics to “subliminal mind-Trump America”).
4) Bruce Springsteen – “Born In The USA”
Immigration and deportation have been discussed nonstop in this election, as fear mongering of immigrants has been used to stoke misplaced anger about jobs, the economy, and more. Whether you’re born the USA or came here to pursue a better life with more opportunities, our country was founded so that everyone can have a shot at fulfilling the American dream, which leads to our next song…
3) Kid Cudi – “Pursuit of Happiness” ft. MGMT
This election has been a hit to the gut for our Constitution. Many have misconstrued the line guaranteeing Americans the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” and ignored the “unalienable rights” each of us has by living in a free country. Here’s Kid Cudi to remind us to pursue that right, even in the face of a wanna-be demagogue actively threatening it.
2) Beyonce – “Run The World (Girls)”
There’s a high chance we will elect our first female president today, so this song will be blasting at every election party my friends are having and for years to come. Our future president will be the leader of the most powerful nation in the world, so here’s hoping a girl will run the world come January 2017.
1) Bob Marley – “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”
No matter what the results of today’s election, our country has been around for two hundred and forty years and we’ve dealt with world wars, economic depression, terrorist attacks…and we’re still around. And we will be long after this election.
But seriously, vote Hillary. Donald Trump threatened to censor press, and freedom of press is a constitutional right.