7 Songs That Benefited From the Presidential Election's Outcome
From YG's anti-Trump anthem to Lee Greenwood's patriotic classic, these songs saw meaningful gains in streams and sales after the Nov. 8 election.
The 2016 U.S. presidential election was clearly divisive. If you need any more metrics to prove it, look to the music industry, where songs by acts from both sides of the fence – the triumphant and the disenchanted – made notable gains in sales and streaming after Donald Trump's win over Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8.
From protest anthems (YG's "FDT") to the passively numb (R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World As We Know It"), here are seven songs that jumped in sales and streaming, some even making Billboard charts (dated Nov. 26), by the end of the Nielsen Music tracking week that ended Nov. 10, thus encompassing two days of post-election consumer reaction.
"FDT," YG feat. Nipsey Hussle
After initially releasing the protest song (which stands for "F—k Donald Trump") on his June studio album Still Brazy (and getting contacted by the Secret Service for it), YG's track vaults 435 percent to 3.1 million U.S. streams. It also sold 4,000 downloads, a 1,077 percent increase, and enters Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 50.
"God Bless the USA," Lee Greenwood
Normally a big gainer around the Fourth of July, Lee Greenwood's 1984 ode spikes 166 percent to 784,000 streams, while upping its weekly paid download total to 4,000, a 115 percent jump. The track re-enters Country Digital Song Sales at No. 42.
"Up Like Trump," Rae Sremmurd
"Black Beatles," the new No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, isn't the only Rae Sremmurd track making strides. "Up Like Trump," from the duo's 2015 debut full-length SremmLife, and more of a homage to the president-elect's wealth than any personal traits, balloons 91 percent to 1.1 million streams and 218 percent in sales (to a relatively low 1,000, however).
"Donald Trump," Mac Miller
Somewhat in the vein of Rae Sremmurd's "Up Like Trump," Mac Miller's "Donald Trump," released in 2011 on his mixtape Best Day Ever, was complimentary of the business magnate, so much so that Trump endorsed the track and touted Miller as the next Eminem in 2011. It's up 84 percent to 1.6 million streams and 278 percent to 7,000 sold, as the track re-enters Rap Digital Song Sales at No. 16.
"American Idiot," Green Day
The rockers' 2004 shredding of mainstream media political and war coverage rises 30 percent to 896,000 domestic streams. While performing the song the 2016 MTV EMAs (Nov. 6, two days before the election), frontman Billie Joe Armstrong tweaked the line "the subliminal mind f—k America," replacing the curse with "Trump."
"It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)," R.E.M.
R.E.M.'s 1987 alt-rock gem that that, even three decades ago, found frontman Michael Stipe almost resigned to society's decline, re-enters Rock Digital Song Sales for the first time in three years, at No. 46, up 435 percent to 3,000 sold. It also gains by 312 percent to 601,000 streams.
"You Can't Always Get What You Want," The Rolling Stones
By the end of the tracking week, The Rolling Stones' classic 1969 ode to...well, it's pretty much in the title…is up by 55 percent to 325,000 streams and 110 percent to 2,000 sold. The song played in Trump's acceptance speech in the early hours of Nov. 9, after he had been told by the band to stop playing Stones' songs at his rallies. Jagger's response on Twitter after the latest unauthorized usage? "Just was watching the news... maybe they'll ask me to sing 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' at the inauguration, ha!"