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Obama campaign rally new playlist: Jennifer Hudson, Wilco, REO, The Impressions

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WASHINGTON--The Obama campaign released its new official #Obama2012 campaign playlist on Thursday, featuring 29 tunes from a diverse list of artists, including Chicago's Wilco, Jennifer Hudson and The Impressons and the pride of Champaign-Urbana and the University of Illinois, REO Speedwagon.

Obama's list spans musical tastes and generations, with oldie standards including Earth, Wind and Fire's "Got to Get You in My Life" to Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," which Obama crooned a few bars of to much acclaim recently, to hits by James Taylor and Bruce Springsteen.

Candidate rally songs are in the news as analysts are stepping up to decode them--as sort of musical/political Rorschach tests--to figure out what they say about the contender.

The Washington Post on Thursday has a story about Mitt Romney and other GOP hopefuls campaign songs--his main one is "Born Free" by Kid Rock. Read the Post story by David A. Fahrenthold HERE.

The Sun-Times Allison Horton reported last month about a federal lawsuit filed in Chicago by a firm owned by Frank M. Sullivan, the co-writer of Survivor's 1982 hit, "Eye of the Tiger." The suit by Rude Music in Palatine, owned by Sullivan, was filed against Newt Gingrich's 2012 campaign, Gingrich and the American Conservative Union after the defendants used "Eye of the Tiger" without permission. Chicago attorney Annette McGarry is representing Rude Music. Read Horton's Sun-Times story HERE.


1. Different People - No Doubt
2. Got to Get You in My Life - Earth, Wind & Fire
3. Green Onions- Booker T & The MG's
4. I Got You - Wilco
5. Keep on Pushing - The Impressions
6. Keep Reachin' Up - Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators
7. Love You I Do - Jennifer Hudson
8. No Nostalgia - AgesAndAges
9. Raise Up - Ledisi
10. Stand Up - Sugarland
11. This - Darius Rucker
12. We Used To Wait - Arcade Fire
13. You've Got the Love - Florence and the Machine
14. Your Smiling Face - James Taylor
15. REO Speedwagon - Roll with the Changes
16. "Everyday America" - Sugarland
17. "Learn to Live" - Darius Rucker
18. "Let's Stay Together" - Al Green
19. "Mr. Blue Sky" - Electric Light Orchestra
20. "My Town" - Montgomery Gentry
21. "The best thing about me is you" - Ricky Martin ft. Joss Stone
22. "You are the Best Thing" - Ray Lamontagne
1. Keep Marchin' - Raphael Saadiq
2. Tonight's The Kind of Night - Noah and the Whale
3. "We Take Care of our Own" - Bruce Springsteen
4. Keep Me In Mind - Zac Brown Band
5. The Weight - Aretha Franklin
6. Even Better Than The Real Thing - U2
7. Home - Dierks Bentley

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