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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Orleans vs. John McCain, George W. Bush
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Orleans vs. John McCain, George W. Bush

When: 2008, 2004
Song: "Still the One"
Controversy: McCain's use of "Still the One" following his New Hampshire primary win was unsurprisingly met with condemnation from one of the song's co-writers, former Orleans member John Hall – who happened to be a Democratic congressman at the time. Four years earlier, Hall had discovered that the Bush-Cheney campaign was using the same song when he was watching Ohio coverage on TV. "My wife and I were looking at each other with our mouths hanging open," he told Rolling Stone.
Result: Hall sent cease-and-desist letters, both in 2008 and 2004. The McCain campaign had no comment; Bush-Cheney stopped using the tune.

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