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News’s Presidential Playlists!

January 20, 2009. Our 44th Commander in Chief spends his first night in the White House. Flush from victory and aglow with anticipation, he needs a proper musical backdrop to set the mood. Holding a cup of jasmine green tea, President Barack Obama strides across the eagle on the Oval Office rug, gazes pensively out the window, and considers the nation now under his charge. Or… cracking open a Coors Light, President John McCain sits down at the mighty desk, puts his feet up, and feels his eyelids growing heavy. Then, McCain/Obama walks over to the presidential stereo system, scans through the Executive iPod, and calls up a playlist specially created for this moment.

Read their playlists below — and listen to some of the songs:

McCain’s playlist: “I Am the Champion”

1. “Top of the World,” The Carpenters
2. “Triumph,” Wu-Tang Clan
3. “Celebration,” Kool and the Gang
4. “Mack Is Back,” Kool Keith
5. “It’s Hip to Be Square,” Huey Lewis
6. “The Song Remains the Same,” Led Zeppelin
7. “Still Crazy After All These Years,” Paul Simon
8. “I’m Only Sleeping,” The Beatles
9. “I’m So Tired,” The Beatles
10. “Funky President (People It’s Bad),” James Brown
11. “Dangerous Type,” The Cars
12. “Run Like Hell,” Pink Floyd
13. “Highway to Hell,” AC/DC
14. “It’s the End of the World as We Know It,” R.E.M.

Obama’s playlist: “What Barack is Cookin'”

1. “Yes We Can,” Boy George
2. “Can We,” Brandy
3. “Problems,” Sex Pistols
4. “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” Billy Joel
5. “It Ain’t My Fault,” Silkk the Shocker
6. “Don’t Blame Me,” The Everly Brothers
7. “Over My Head,” A Flock of Seagulls
8. “In Too Deep,” Genesis
9. “Drowning Man,” The Cure
10. “I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself,” Burt Bacharach
11. “Cry Cry Cry,” Johnny Cash
12. “God Give Me Strength,” Burt Bacharach
13. “Free Fallin’,” Tom Petty
14. “Help!” The Beatles