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10 Songs Republican Candidates Should Use in Their Campaigns

These tracks are much better suited to the GOP presidential hopefuls

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Britney Spears' "Oops!...I Did It Again" would make an appropriate campaign song for Rick Perry.

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Republicans are notorious for using artists' music without their permission, sometimes hijacking songs critical of Republican values. During his 1984 presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan tried to use Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." – somehow missing its critique of American exceptionalism and militarism. Springsteen said no, but that didn't stop Reagan from quoting it in a stump speech.

Cut to 2015, and Donald Trump has set his presidential announcement to Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" – a pretty clear indictment of George Bush the first – prompting the Canadian rocker to chastise the Donald and endorse Bernie Sanders.

To help other Republicans who may be struggling to choose an appropriate campaign song, we've put together a list of tracks that would work well for some of the 2016 presidential hopefuls.

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George Pataki: “Say My Name,” Destiny’s Child

Pataki is almost as memorable and charismatic as Anne Veal of Arrested Development. ("Who?") This song may be the former New York governor's only shot at fixing his name recognition problem.

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Rick Perry: “Oops!. . .I Did It Again,” Britney Spears

If there's anyone this Britney classic would be appropriate for, it's Perry, who during a 2011 Republican debate couldn't remember the third government agency he would absolutely, positively, most definitely cut as president. "I will tell you, it's three agencies of government when I get there that are gone. Commerce, education and the, um, what's the third one there?" he said. "Oops."

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Donald Trump: “Hot Stepper,” Ini Kamoze

It's grandiose, inappropriate and awkward – yet undeniably amusing. It's like it was handcrafted for the Donald's campaign.

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