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

From Springsteen vs. Reagan to Neil Young vs. the Donald

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Heart vs. Sarah Palin
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Heart vs. Sarah Palin

When: 2008
Song: "Barracuda"
Controversy: Vice presidential candidate Palin – whose nickname from high school basketball was "Sarah Barracuda" – used the Heart track at the Republican National Convention as her theme song. The Wilson sisters were not amused and sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Republicans. "I feel completely fucked over," Nancy Wilson said. "Sarah Palin's views and values in no way represent us as American women."
Result: Sarah Barracuda still felt like the song represented her, however, and the McCain campaign continued using it at rallies, claiming that they had the right to do so through a blanket ASCAP license.

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