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Obama Is the Most Name-Dropped President in Music

Obama Is the Most Name-Dropped President in Music

Music reflects culture, so of course politics makes its way into songs.

So, in honor of President’s Day (Feb. 19), LyricFind calculated every song that mentions a U.S. president — favorably or unfavorably — and counted down the results. From ’92 Kenny G deep cuts to YG’s “FDT,” here’s our list of the most name-dropped presidents in music history.

With way more than double what second-place Bush tallied, and nearly 10 times as many as successor Trump, Obama clocks in at No.1 with a staggering 309 mentions. The former president, and his first lady, have consistently shown their own love and appreciation for music, and it seems as though musicians have given it right back. From Frank Ocean’s playful flex on “Raf” (“Plate of ravioli at Obama’s”) to the more serious joy that comes with defying the classic Tupac line on Nas’ “Black President” (“This country is too divided, too disillusioned to ever come together around a common purpose/ They said ‘Although it seems heaven-sent, we ain’t ready, to have a black president”)m Obama is music’s favorite president. More so than anyone else on the list, Obama’s mentions are decidedly positive — a nod to the first black president and a nod to the empowering implications of the first black president.

Natalya S

February 19th, 2018

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