It’s officially campaign music season. What will become the “Fight Song” of 2020?

The Democratic candidates walked on stage to Dolly Parton, Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Panic At The Disco, Mary J. Blige, and more on Sunday.

June 11, 2019
It’s officially campaign music season. What will become the “Fight Song” of 2020? Mario Tama/Ethan Miller/Dustin Chambers/Getty Images

With just over a year to go until the 2020 election, we've got plenty of music-adjacent content to look forward to. Who will choose which song? Who will endorse who, and who will condemn the use of their material? What musicians are going to play an active role in future of these campaigns? Personally, I can't think of a single harbinger of residue trauma from the 2016 election quite as potent as Rachel Platten's "Fight Song," a song that tormented voters and Clinton campaigners alike with its total blank canvas appeal and gargantuan hook.

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I'm convinced that the "Fight Song" of 2020 exists, lying dormant in some poor staffer's Discover Weekly playlist, just waiting to exploit eardrums from sea to shining sea. Or maybe it'll be a part of Taylor Swift's branded pivot out of being apolitical, like how she somehow tied "ME!" to the NFL. While it's still way too soon to draw conclusions as to what that song could be, we did inch a bit closer this past Sunday at the Iowa Democrats' Hall of Fame dinner. Nearly twenty potential candidates — with the notable exception of Joe Biden — each hit the stage to deliver some words at the event, and each of them walked out to a different song.

Contrary to Beto O'Rourke's storied "PUMP UP SONGS" playlist, which includes tracks from Juice WRLD and Gunna, Beto opted to throw back to The Clash's London Calling era with "Clampdown." De Blasio went for "Rudie Can't Fail" off the exact same album, because, of course. Tim Ryan took a stab at the zeitgeist by walking out to Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road," while Kirsten Gillibrand chose Lizzo's "Good As Hell." For the most part, the candidates chose for older tracks, with Elizabeth Warren vibing Dolly Parton and Cory Booker strutting out to Bill Withers.

This is all to say, there's not really any "Fight Song" here... at least, not yet. Peep each of the current candidates' songs of choice below.

Michael Bennett

Bill de Blasio

Cory Booker

Steve Bullock

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Pete Buttigieg

John Delaney

Tulsi Gabbard

Kirsten Gillibrand

Kamala Harris

John Hickenlooper

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Jay Inslee

Amy Klobuchar

Beto O'Rourke

Tim Ryan

Bernie Sanders

Eric Swalwell

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Elizabeth Warren

Marianne Williamson

Andrew Yang

It’s officially campaign music season. What will become the “Fight Song” of 2020?