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30 Days 30 Songs: 30 (Plus) Songs to Stick it to the Man

November 29, 2016

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In case you’re not feeling the new president-elect and simultaneously looking for a new playlist, I’ve got just the thing you’re looking for.

30 Days, 30 Songs is bringing back the political protest song, with a complete playlist “written and recorded by artists for a Trump-free America.” 30 Days, 30 Songs had the intention of releasing a song every day from October 10th until Election Day, but has since been renamed 30 Days, 50 Songs because so many artists wanted in on the project. The project was started in order to prevent Trump from entering office, and while it’s unfortunately too late to try and do much about electing (#notmy) President Trump, you can feed your disdain by rocking out to this eccentric playlist that’s united under a general contempt for the man soon to be in charge.

The playlist features a wide array of artists, from hip-hop group clipping. to Blake Hazard of the indie rock band The Submarines to folk singer John Purdy. Some songs are more subtle jabs like “Alexander” by I Said Yes, which relates Trump to the “imperial gluttony” of Alexander the Great, or Franz Ferdinand’s mentions of “tiny vulgar fingers on the nuclear bomb” in “Demagogue.” Others, like “Natural Born Loser” by Radioinactive or Ledinksy’s “DonaldTrumpMakesMeWannaSmokeCrack” are more blatant with lyrics like “You’re so vain (Trump)/ Everybody knows your name (Egomaniacal megalomaniac).”

The website (http://www.30days30songs.com) has all the songs listed with their accompanying music videos and blurbs on Donald Trump from the artists, as well as the lyrics for each of the songs, so you can truly appreciate the artistry that went into each and every track.

Although 30 Days 50 Songs may have ultimately failed in its mission to prevent Trump from storming the White House, it’s still a reminder and a rally of the fight that’s yet to come.

You have a voice. Don’t forget to use it.

Top picks: “Locker Room Talk” – Cold War Kids, “Million Dollar Loan” – Death Cab for Cutie, “DonaldTrumpMakesMeWannaSmokeCrack” – Ledinsky, “How to Be Super Petty to Your Ex” – Open Mike Eagle


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