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Mitt Romney’s Playlist: Oldies, Country, Americana

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rarely seen on the campaign trail without his trusty iPad, Mitt Romney unveiled for the first time Friday a glimpse into how he uses the popular device, releasing a hand-picked playlist of his go-to music on the road.

The list of 19 songs — a collection of movie soundtrack songs, American Idol pop star tunes and a whole lot of oldies — were chosen by the candidate, according to the campaign, and will be made available on his Facebook page through Spotify, a free online music sharing program.

Unlike the Obama campaign’s release of a campaign playlist on Spotify last month, this list is strictly a glimpse into what Romney pumps through his ear buds every day.

An advance peak at the list by ABC News shows plenty of oldies — much of the music the campaign plays prior to one of his campaign events — including Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” “December 1963″ by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, and “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys.  There are a couple of Roy Orbison songs and Willie Nelson’s famous “Over the Rainbow” also gets a spot.

But the rest of the one-hour playlist also provides interesting insight into Romney’s taste in music. There’s plenty of country on the list — songs by Tim McGraw, Clint Black and Toby Keith. A self-confessed American Idol fan, Romney also has Carrie Underwood’s “All-American Girl” on the list.

A song from Romney’s favorite movie, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” tops the list, The Soggy Bottom Boys' “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow” in the No. 1 slot.

More recently recorded tunes on the list include two songs by The Killers, “Somebody Told Me” and “Read my Mind.”

And what would a Mitt Romney playlist be without some Kid Rock?

That’s right, the rock star’s “Born Free,” the campaign’s official song, earns a spot on the candidate playlist, suggesting that he is still not tired of hearing the song that is pumped through speakers at his events on repeat several times a day.

Those who want to listen to the playlist can go to Romney’s Facebook page HERE.

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Obama Campaign Playlist Released

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- Every four years, the U.S. holds a presidential election, and every four years, musicians ask Republican candidates to stop playing their songs at rallies. This year, so far, Newt Gingrich has been asked by Survivor to stop playing Eye of the Tiger and Somali-born musician K’naan has asked Mitt Romney to stop playing Wavin’ Flag. In 2011, Tom Petty had Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., stop playing American Girl.

In campaigns past, David Byrne had Gov. Charlie Crist stop using Road to Nowhere in his attacks on Marco Rubio, Jackson Browne had Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and the Ohio Republican Party stop using Running on Empty to attack then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.  The singers from Heart stopped then-Gov. Sarah Palin from using Barracuda. In 2000, Sting asked George W. Bush to stop playing Brand New Day.

The good news for Democrats is that they usually don’t have such problems, since so many entertainment industry figures are Democrats. (Don’t Stop Thinkin’ About Tomorrow, anyone?) President Obama’s re-election campaign even has an official soundtrack, it was announced Thursday, to be featured at campaign events across the country in the months ahead. An Obama aide said the tunes would energize the crowd before a presidential appearance and keep everyone excited while Obama works ropelines and mingles with fans after delivering remarks.

The playlist is also being streamed on Spotify, the online streaming music service, for supporters to listen and share from home.

“After taking staff and volunteer recommendations, this music is a beginning list for supporters to share with their social networks,” a campaign official said.

Here's the full track list for the “Obama Album”:

  1.     Different People – No Doubt
  2.     Got to Get You in My Life – Earth, Wind & Fire
  3.     Green Onions - Booker T & The MG’s
  4.     I Got You – Wilco
  5.     Keep on Pushing – The Impressions
  6.     Keep Reachin’ Up – Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators
  7.     Love You I Do  – Jennifer Hudson
  8.     No Nostalgia – AgesAndAges
  9.     Raise Up – Ledisi
  10.     Stand Up – Sugarland
  11.     This – Darius Rucker
  12.     We Used To Wait – Arcade Fire
  13.     You’ve Got the Love – Florence and the Machine
  14.     Your Smiling Face – James Taylor
  15.     Roll with the Changes – REO Speedwagon
  16.     Everyday America – Sugarland
  17.     Learn to Live – Darius Rucker
  18.     Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
  19.     Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra
  20.     My Town – Montgomery Gentry
  21.     The Best Thing About Me Is You – Ricky Martin ft. Joss Stone
  22.     You Are the Best Thing – Ray Lamontagne
  23.     Keep Marchin’ – Raphael Saadiq
  24.     Tonight’s The Kind of Night – Noah and the Whale
  25.     We Take Care of our Own – Bruce Springsteen
  26.     Keep Me In Mind – Zac Brown Band
  27.     The Weight – Aretha Franklin
  28.     Even Better Than The Real Thing – U2
  29.     Home – Dierks Bentley

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