5 Songs That Have Paved the Campaign Trail -- From Frank Sinatra's 'High Hopes' to Will.i.am's 'Yes We Did'

Frank Sinatra
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Frank Sinatra performs on a TV show in 1960. 

The road to the White House is paved with cheesy campaign songs, like these originals.

1. "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too":  Emphasis on Tyler: Written for William Henry Harrison and John Tyler, this 1840 jingle "sang Harrison into the White House." Sadly, he got pneumonia at his inauguration and died 32 days later.

2. "I Like Ike": No, it's not an early Tina Turner hit: Irving Berlin composed the famous jingle in 1950. Two years later, Dwight D. Eisenhower made it his theme song.

3. "High Hopes": Frank Sinatra came through for his pal JFK with a Jack-centric version of this Oscar-winning song that stormed jukeboxes nationwide in 1960.

4. "I'm a Dole Man": In 1996, Bob Dole got punny, with help from Sam & Dave's "Soul Man." If only The Bar-Kays' "Soul Finger" had been available, maybe Dole would have won.

5. "Yes We Can": Yes, they did! Will.i.am gathered A-listers from Scarlett Johansson to Nick Cannon to recite a 2008 speech by Obama, which he had set to music.

This story originally appeared in the July 23 issue of Billboard.


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