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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Journey vs. Newt Gingrich
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Journey vs. Newt Gingrich

When: 2011
Song: "Don't Stop Believin'"
Controversy: Maybe Newt was obsessed with that Sopranos finale too, because four years after the landmark HBO series cut to black to Journey's motivational anthem, the conservative politician blasted the song at a campaign event. Legal reps of the band's classic-era singer Steve Perry sent a cease-and-desist letter. "They just think music is free like a lot of other people on the planet," his lawyer, Lee Phillips, told Variety
Result: Gingrich was no longer able to "hold on to that feelin'" when he dropped out of the presidential race the following year.

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