Every party needs music. When Joe Biden was declared president-elect, people solemnly flooded the streets in major cities across the country. Left-wing Americans turned to tracks that felt like a joyful, unifying sound: both a sigh of relief and a scream of victory. NSYNC’s 20 year old hit “Bye, Bye, Bye” re-entered the top 200 songs on the US iTunes charts. According to Billboard, Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration” and Tina Turner’s “The Best” also saw an increase in streams. Miley Cyrus’ 2009 banger “Party in the USA” hit iTunes Top 200 again and landed 93rd on Spotify – # 1 11 years after the first hit (It’s also worth noting that “Party in the USA” became Announced in 2011 as the “official funeral song of Osama bin Laden”.)
None of these celebratory tracks are as notorious as YG and Nipsey Hussle’s 2016 single “FDT” (suffice it to say the DT stands for Donald Trump). According to Billboard, the song’s streams tripled on election day, then quadrupled, and entered the iTunes Top 10 when the race was called up four days later.
“FDT” was a fan favorite before, during and after the 2016 elections. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, YG said he felt good speaking on the track. “We spoke because no one else spoke. That’s what rap is made for. Too many rappers keep saying [stuff] without substance. I told Nip that if we do this together we have to talk about Trump and go straight to the streets, ”he said.
The songs anti-Trump Americans wanted to celebrate are classics on the nose – simple, to-the-point titles that describe the feeling of sudden joy and togetherness after Biden’s victory. The lyrics of “Party in the USA” ask for audience participation, an excited nod of the head that says yes, this is a celebration. “FDT” calls on the audience to sing and curse the name of the (now outgoing) President of the United States together.
In Pennsylvania, the state that got Biden over the 270 votes he had to win, Philadelphians partied late into the night. Songs like “Dreams and Nightmares” by Meek Mill in 2012, a track that served the city well in the 2018 Super Bowl victory, have resurfaced. Many, including John Legend, paid tribute to Georgia on My Mind for the state that appears to be turning blue and helped Biden on his way to victory.
“Georgia on my mind,” sung by John Legend after he found out Joe Biden was in charge of Georgia, which hasn’t turned blue since 1992. Pic.twitter.com/glec4EIQkp
– David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) November 6, 2020
Other classics like “Here Comes the Sun”, “Na Na Hey Hey, kiss him goodbye” and “Hit the Road, Jack” were also popular options. Though President Trump doesn’t seem interested in going without a fight, any song with lyrics that may apply to Trump’s departure has been a fair game, and those who are happy to see him dance will join them in the streets.
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