Inaugural Tunes: A Playlist

21 01 2009

I’m sure many of you were watching with happy eyes yesterday as Barack Obama took the Oath of Office and George Bush left Washington… finally. Well, there’s no better way to celebrate Obama’s inauguration than with a music. So, with that in mind, I’ve assembled a list of great tunes to help you welcome Obama as our 44th President.

1. “Imagine” – John Lennon
2. “Yes We Can” –
3. “What A Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong
4. “Respect” – Aretha Franklin
5. “A Brand New America” – Keb’ Mo’
6. “This Land Is Your Land” – Woody Guthrie
7. “Our Country” – John Mellencamp
8. “America The Beautiful” – Ray Charles
9. “Back In The USA” – Chuck Berry
10. “The Star-Spangled Banner” – Jimi Hendrix



A Playlistism Footnote: Covers

14 01 2009

Above, we recommended that you try not to include two songs by the same artist in a playlist. However, adding covers of songs is encouraged. With that in mind, let’s look at some interesting YouTube cover versions of “Build Me Up Buttercup” (the song mentioned above).

First, the original

Now, an acoustic guitar-only version

And, finally, karaoke (kind of)

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