Stop Using My Song: 35 Artists Who Fought Politicians Over Their Music

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Bobby McFerrin vs. George H.W. Bush
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Bobby McFerrin vs. George H.W. Bush

When: 1988
Song: "Don't Worry, Be Happy"
Controversy: The VP used the a cappella chart-topper as his presidential campaign theme, but McFerrin was a Dukakis supporter, and asked team Bush to stop. The Republican candidate went on a charm offensive, telling McFerrin he loved the song and inviting him to dinner, but the singer was unmoved. To drive home the point, he even stopped performing the song for a while.
Result: The Bush campaign dropped the tune, and "This Land Is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie became its official song instead.

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