From Tom Petty to REM: Musicians Who Banned Politicians from Using Their Songs at Rallies

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Musicians and politicians are so inherently different that it’s not surprising they find themselves with conflicting opinions — very often, in fact. When politicians use music in ads or at rallies created by artists who don’t agree with their politics, it usually has contentious results, resulting in inflammatory headlines around the world.

To make matters worse, it’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. Here’s a look at a few of music’s biggest stars who have banned politicians from using their songs.