45 Songs about Presidents (Pop, Rap/Hip Hop, Rock & More)
The old song “Hail To The Chief” isn’t the only song about US presidents out there. For years, decades, American Presidents have been the subject of ridicule and praise in songs.
From rock stars to pop stars, they have all written songs about the presidents in their lifetime. Some, if not most of these songs, have not been flattering to those holding the presidential reins.
- I. Pop songs about presidents
- II. Rock songs about presidents
- III. Songs to celebrate the new president
- IV. Rap/hip hop songs about presidents
- V. Funny songs about presidents
- VI. Songs with president in the title
- VII. Songs with president in the lyrics
- VIII. Songs with presidents’ names in them
- IX. Songs about bad presidents
I. Pop songs about presidents
Not all pop songs are exclusively about the president, and not all songs ridicule the president. Some artists use their songs to express their hope or concern about the president and the political issues.
1) Ronnie Talk to Russia
“Ronnie Talk to Russia” was a controversial song when first released. Prince urges then-President Ronald Reagan to be more diplomatic in dealing with Russia in this song.
2) Dear Mr. President
P!nk and the Indigo Girls use this song as an open letter to then-President, George W. Bush. In this song, the musicians criticize Bush’s alleged lack of empathy for the poor, opposition to the rights of LGBTQ+ and the Iraq War.
3) Fuck You
Lily Allen’s song, “Fuck You,” isn’t explicitly about a president but more about the political issues of the time. Some magazines, such as Rolling Stones, believed that the song was a protest against George W. Bush.
4) High Hopes
Sinatra’s “High Hopes” is an inspirational song about working towards your dreams and not giving up. President JFK used this song during his 1960 Presidential Campaign.
5) Brain of J
Pearl Jam’s song, “Brain of J,” was written about JFK’s brain disappearing from a flight back to Washington DC after being assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
II. Rock songs about presidents
Rock songs don’t always criticize American presidents. In some cases, songs are used to tell a story about the president’s life or death.
1) Abraham Lincoln
In this song, the narrator bitterly mourns the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth in 1865.
2) I Shot The Devil
This song was initially titled “I shot Reagan.” The band didn’t mince words about their political stance. There’s a rumor that the FBI had asked the band to change the song’s title.
3) Reagan Sucks
Reagan’s presidency was marked by scandal, and NOFX was another band that didn’t mince words about their opinion on Ronald Reagan.
4) The Love of Richard Nixon
This song takes an unexpected view of the disgraced former president, Richard Nixon. The band described the song as taking a more sympathetic view of Nixon and sharing a message of not giving up.
5) Dispatch From Mar-A-Lago
This song marked the big comeback of L7. This band was notorious for its provocative and political outlook, and this song is no different.
III. Songs to celebrate the new president
These have been used in election campaigns, and listeners have chosen songs to take on a new meaning when a new president has been elected.
1) Hail to the Chief
“Hail to the Chief” is the personal anthem of POTUS. The song is played at many public events that the American President attends.
2) We Won’t Get Fooled Again
This song was originally about the failed revolution of the 1960s. Nowadays, some listeners have used this song to mean they won’t be tricked by a president such as Trump.
3) Beautiful Day
This song was written as a warning of environmental devastation on the earth. This song became a symbol of hope when Biden was elected President. There was hope that he would undo the damage former President Trump had caused.
4) We Can Work it Out
John Lennon wrote this song. It was initially about Paul getting into a fight with his then-girlfriend, Jane Asher. The song can be seen as a hopeful message for the new President Biden.
5) The Land of Hope and Dreams
IV. Rap/hip hop songs about presidents
Some rap/hip-hop songs won’t be explicitly about presidents. The word “presidents” is sometimes used as a slang term in “dead presidents” to mean money.
1) Dead Presidents
In this song, Jay Z talks about how he wants to make money, and he encourages people to “hustle” to get more money.
2) I Want to Talk to You
In this song, Nas speaks about the issues his community faces, and he wants to talk to the president about these issues.
4) Black President
This song was written as a tribute to Barack Obama’s election campaign. The song delves into the issues of racial tension in the US.
5) Arrest the President
Ice Cube speaks about Trump’s biggest scandals in this song, such as his conspiring with Russia to interfere with the 2016 US Presidential Elections.
V. Funny songs about presidents
Presidents have always been the subject of mockery. Musicians and comedians have written songs about presidents and the issues surrounding them.
1) We’re All Doomed
This song has been described as “saying what we’re all thinking” during the Trump vs. Biden Presidential debate.
2) Seasons of Trump
Randy Rainbow wrote a Rent-inspired song that ridicules Trump’s term as an American President.
3) Mr. Biden (Bring Me My Vaccine)
This song is a parody of the familiar, “Mr. Sandman.” In this song, the singer asks President Biden to bring him a vaccine for COVID-19.
4) If Donald Trump Got Fired
5) Trump’s Favorite Things
In this song, the artist Randy Rainbow makes a list of all Trump’s scandals and failures while he was president.
VI. Songs with president in the title
Songs with the word “president” in the title can have different meanings. Musicians will often sing about hypothetically if someone was elected president or criticizes the president.
1) If I was President
In this song, Wyclef Jean imagines if a black man was elected president. He creates a rather dim and bleak picture for the reader.
2) I Don’t Want To Be President
In this song, the musician sings about his not wanting to be president, even if the whole world voted for him.
3) Presidents and Magistrates
4) When the President Talks to God
This protest song against the 2000 – 2008 presidency of George W. Bush. Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst made it clear he disapproved of Bush’s policies and the Iraq War.
5) Funky President (People It’s Bad)
James Brown met with then-President Richard Nixon, which shocked his fans. In this song, he explains that he’s still a man of the people and still sings about the issues his community faces.
VII. Songs with president in the lyrics
1) Kill the president
2) Quit Your Low Down Ways
4) Mr. President
5) Letter to the President
In this song, Tupac directly addresses then-President Bill President. He asks the president, “What’s happening?” because there are still plenty of problems in his community.
VIII. Songs with presidents’ names in them
1) The Ballad of Ronald Reagan
This ballad takes a funny but scathing look at Ronald Reagan’s policies during the 80s. The singers compared Reagan to disgraced US President Richard Nixon.
2) Donald Trump
The musician uses Trump’s own words to mock then-President Donald Trump in this song.
3) President Carter
In the first verse of the song, Lil Wayne directly addresses President and asks him if he’s prepared for the responsibility of being President.
In this song, former President Barack Obama isn’t the song’s main subject. The musician has used this song as “presidential flex.”
In this song, Killer Mike shows the connection between Presidential decisions and the black community. He points out that there are facts that have been forgotten or ignored.
IX. Songs about bad presidents
Often songs written about bad and disgraced presidents will take a scathing look at their time as president and the effect of their choices.
In this song, the musician talks about what he’d do as a president. He also criticizes then-President Donald Trump for his treatment of Mexico.
2) Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation
This song harshly criticized then-president Lyndon Johnson and his involvement in the Vietnam War.
3) Here’s to the State of Richard Nixon
Phil Ochs was an influential figure in the protest movement. In this song, he expresses his anti-Nixon sentiments and accuses Nixon of ripping the heart out of the country.
4) You Haven’t Done Nothing
In this song, Stevie Wonder directly attacks the presidency of disgraced President Richard Nixon. Stevie Wonder also includes vocals from the Jackson Five.
5) My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes To Bitburg)
This is an emotional song about the Bitburg controversy. This controversy was caused when then-President Ronald Reagan visited a German cemetery where Waffen-SS soldiers were buried.