The presidential campaign song is one of the great American traditions, going all the way back to John Adams in 1800. And yet, compared to other aspects of the presidential election campaign, they often get overlooked.
As any ad-man would agree, a good jingle is vital to secure the attention of a potential consumer — or voter.
Sometimes these attempts at rallying the vote lead to works of art, pieces that last in their own right for decades after the presidential campaign has ended. Other times, you’re left with musical abominations that can break a politician’s chances for success.
And so, here are some of the best and worst presidential campaign songs in U.S. history.
BEST — “Nixon Now” by the Mike Curb