Poli 100 Music

Inspired by a college professor of mine, I have taken to playing musical selections related to class content in the few minutes before my class begins. It’s not always easy to think of an appropriate song, though, so I crowdsourced the task to my students and friends. It appears below. Perhaps others have suggestions. Feel free to post your additional ideas in the comments.

The Constitution

Kid Rock – Born Free

Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA

The Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go?


Guns N’ Roses – Welcome to the Jungle

Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Simon and Garfunkle – At the Zoo

Queen – Another one Bites the Dust

The Presidency

Aloe Blacc – The Man

CSNY – Ohio

CCR – Fortunate Son

The Judiciary

Cannonball Adderley – Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

Black Crowes – Remedy

The Bureaucracy

Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way (because of principle/agent problems)

Styx – Come Sail Away


Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds

Sammy Davis Jr. – Love Me or Leave Me

Sister Sledge – We Are Family

If You Love Somebody, Set Them Free

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

The Clash –  Know Your Rights

Beastie Boys – Fight for Your Right

Family Stone – Everyday People

Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start the Fire

Aretha Franklin – Freedom; Respect

Public Opinion

Stevie Wonder – You Haven’t Done Nothin’

Rolling Stones – (Can’t Get No) Satisfaction


Edgar Winter Group — Free Ride

Interest Groups and Social Movements

Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’

Fleetwood Mac – Don’t Stop (Thinkin’ About Tomorrow)

Bob Marley – Get Up Stand Up

Beatles – Revolution 1 (fast version, of course)

Public Enemy – Fight the Power

Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth

Elections and Campaigns

Lenny Kravitz – Are You Going to Go My Way

Beyonce – Flawless

Jefferson Airplane – Somebody to Love

Canned Heat – On the Road Again


Allman Brothers – Whipping Post (theme of party discipline)

Beatles – With a Little Help From my Friends

Tammy Wynette – Stand by Your Man


Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star

Elvis Costello – Radio

Rage Against the Machine – No Shelter


Monkees – Daydream Believer

Lenny Kravitz – Believe

The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again

CCR – Run Through the Jungle


Roberta Flack – The Closer I Get To You

Beatles – Hello, Goodbye

Beatles – We Can Work it Out

Men Without Hats – Safety Dance

Economic Policy

Pink Floyd – Money

AC/DC – Money Talks

Warren Zevon’s – Lawyers, Guns and Money

Elvis Costello – Shipbuilding

Black Keys – Gold on the Ceiling

One Response to Poli 100 Music

  1. desy says:

    wow the program sounds amazing, really want to watch the show if they are there, nice post

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