From Tom Petty to REM: Musicians Who Banned Politicians from Using Their Songs at Rallies
Musicians and politicians are so inherently different that itâ€™s not surprising they find themselves with conflicting opinions â€” very often, in fact. When politicians use music in ads or at rallies created by artists who donâ€™t agree with their politics, it usually has contentious results, resulting in inflammatory headlines around the world.
To make matters worse, itâ€™s not unusual for a politician to badly misinterpret the meaning of a song and use it in the wrong way to advance their political agenda. When this happens as part of a political campaign, the musicians are less than pleased, and many have taken legal action to put a stop to it. Hereâ€™s a look at a few of musicâ€™s biggest stars who have banned politicians from using their songs.