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Bush's iPod reveals music tastes
President Bush, left, talking with Mike Hammanwright during a break in a mountain bike ride in Quantico, Virginia
Ain't no Fortunate Son, but Bush doesn't listen only to supporters
George W Bush is a fan of country music and classic rock, but he also likes "a little bit of hard core and honky tonk", his iPod playlist suggests.

His 250 songs include country greats George Jones and Alan Jackson, but also My Sharona by the Knack.

Mr Bush has an aide download music for him and listens to it while mountain biking, the New York Times reported.

Rolling Stone journalist Joe Levy called the playlist "feel-good music. The Sex Pistols it's not."

"It's safe, it's reliable, it's loving," Mr Levy said.

"One thing that's interesting is that the president likes artists who don't like him," he added.

WHAT'S ON THE FIRST IPOD
John Fogerty: Centerfield
Van Morrison: Brown-Eyed Girl
Stevie Ray Vaughan: The House is Rockin'
The Knack: My Sharona
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings: Swinging from the Chains of Love
Country stars Alan Jackson, George Jones, Kenny Chesney
Classic rockers Eric Clapton, Robert Palmer, Bryan Adams

That group includes former Credence Clearwater Revival singer John Fogerty, whose baseball anthem Centerfield is on the iPod.

CCR's anti-Vietnam war song Fortunate Son is not, Mr Bush's cycling partner Mark McKinnon said.

"If any president limited his music selection to pro-establishment musicians, it would be a pretty slim collection," Mr McKinnon told the New York Times.

He advised against "psychoanalysing" the playlist.

"It's music to get over the next hill," Mr McKinnon said.

Mr Bush's daughters gave him the iPod for his birthday last July.


This debate is now closed. Thank you for your comments.

What should George Bush listen to on his iPod?

Bruce Cockburn: If I Had Rocket Launcher; Warren Zevon: Lawyers, Guns, and Money (Dad, get me out of this!)
Heath Kelsey, Columbia, SC, USA

"American Jesus" by Bad Religion.
Noha, New York, U.S.

'Christian Militia' by New Model Army. "There's a witch-hunt coming/Born out of all the American fears"...
Tom, London

The Beatles...Fool on the Hill
Pieter de Best, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Nothing. He shouldn't be listening to music on an I-Pod while biking. He should be listening to the traffic or the sounds of nature depending on where he is. Biking is sound experience as it is. The music of the chain and the hum of the wheels is what he should be listening to.
Daniel Gwyn, Montreal, Canada

"Saddam a-go-go" by Gwar would seem appropriate, as would "Big Man With A Gun" by Nine Inch Nails.
David Nutter, Lincoln, UK

Steve Earle..."The Revolution Starts Now".
Douglas Austin, Bruington, VA ; USA

"Ghetto" by Akon - a reminder about the rest of America who have no lobbyists in DC, no healthcare, no hope....
A Gimei, Columbus, OH

'I just called to say I love you'
Tony Blair, London, England

"We Will All Go Together When We Go" by Tom Lehrer
Robert Fry, Waterloo, IA USA (ex-pat)

Obvious: RAMMSTEIN: We all live in America!
Denis, Paris, France

I think he should listen to a bit of Celine Dion, some cheesy love songs might soften him up!
Rosie, Cheltenham/Aberystwyth

2Pac - Letter to the President
Ali Haji, London, ON

'Masters of War' by Bob Dylan. It's old, but by golly, it's all about George.
Tom Hunsberger, Canada / Mexico

"Bang, Bang" Nancy Sinatra
Tomas Wyns, Brussels, Belgium

Time to ditch the iPod then! Just lost its 'cool' status forever!
Geoff, Preston UK

How about War Pigs (Black Sabbath), Killing An Arab (The Cure)or even Mutually Assured Destruction (Gillan)
Robert West, Cambridge, England

Whatever he's listening to, lets just hope he closes his eyes when he gets to the good bit!
Chris, Budapest

"American Soldier", "Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue", or "The Taliban Song" by Toby Keith, or "The Bumper of my SUV" by Chely Wright
Paul, Stourbridge, England

The fact that this is even a BBC article startles me. Is this another symptom of the Bush administration's focus on fluff to keep journalists and the public away from the real stories? Still, the fact that he's listening to an iPod whilst biking is a great illustration of his presidency: focusing on his personal pleasures while ignoring the world around. Maybe he needs a little "stop, listen, what's that sound, everybody look what's going 'round" by Buffalo Springfield.
Kate, Boston, MA

Let's Have a War, A Perfect Circle
Rohail Khan, Lahore, Pakistan

Forget what President Bush should add to his playlist. Most everyone here who've provided a suggestion should add "Judge Not" by Bob Marley to their list.
Mark Simkiss, Philadelphia, USA

I think we should DEFINITELY let him listen to his iPod while cycling. I'm thinking something 'middle' of the road.
Lottie, London, UK

"One Tin Soldier" by Coven.
Anne, Greenbelt, MD, USA

I'm a Loser, by Beck
Stephen, NY, USA

Ozzy Osbourne's "Thank God for the Bomb" would be appropriate.
Mark, Ausitn, TX

The imperial march from Star Wars
Thomas Bloxham, Birmingham

"Rock The Casbah" by The Clash.
Richard Clayton, Northampton

Eminem's "Criminal."
Dave, Kansas City, USA

Green Day's American Idiot.
Marianne, Harare, Zimbabwe

"Lawyers, Guns and Money", Warren Zevon.
Phillip S, New York, USA

"Check Your Head" by Beastie Boys
Paul Serwinski, New Britain, CT, USA

I reckon he should be listening to Marvin Gaye's What's Goin' On, a great song, and an apt title for him.
Buffy, Parma, Italy

'Damn, it feels good to be a Gangsta' by the Geto boys. Written by Scarface from the perspective of the US President. Listen to the lyrics - very insightful.
John, Dublin

How about "Let Down" by Radiohead, and a bit of "Karma Police"
Damien, London, UK

A.K.A. I.D.I.O.T. by the Hives
Andy, Richmond, Surrey

Surely it has to be Bombs over Baghdad by Outkast?
Stephen Hynds, Glasgow, Scotland

"Hey, Stoopid" by Alice Cooper. "Even Better Than the Real Thing" by U2. "Ain't Gonna Study War No More" by The Million Dollar Quartet. "Burning Bridges" (Theme from "Kelly's Heroes.") "Madman Across the Water" by Elton John. "American Idiot" by Green Day. "Star-Spangled Banner" by Jimi Hendrix. "Nowhere Man" by The Beatles.
TJ Cassidy, Arlington, VA, USA

Why does my heart feel so bad? - Moby
Douglas Buchanan, Brisbane Australia

I believe that president Bush should always be tuned to the current affairs of his country and also to the happenings around the world. If he wants to listen to music he should listen to r&b or rap music so as to know the contents of what is being released to the general public at large to digest.
Ope Akinola, Lagos, Nigeria

Love Is Our Nationality from the album "Peace with Every Step" by the Build an Ark collective.
Ollie, Hamburg, Germany

Bob Dylan's 'John Brown' and 'Hit the Road Jack'.
David Anderson, Belfast, Northern Ireland

You can beat a metal reference from the 80s. How about 'Demolition Man' by Def Leppard. Rock on, George!
Dan Oliver, Bath, UK

How about Toby Keith - Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue. U2 - Pride would also apply. It seems a few of these posters could use a little bit of both songs.
Geoff, Dayton, Ohio

By the Rivers of Babylon, by Boney M.
Nathan, Dubai, UAE

"Rah, Rah, Pom Pom Playgirl" - The Beach Boys
Bobby Dierker, Hicksville, NY, USA

Eminem like toy soldiers
Adam Furness, Manchester, UK

I suggest Bush should listen to Bruce Springsteen's War and Human Touch as well as Bob Marley's Zimbabwe and War.
Ibrahim Hamza, Toronto, Canada

How about 'Glorious Fool' by John Martyn all about another old former White House resident called Ronald.
Gary R-H, Henley on Thames, UK

It's obvious - anything by the Presidents of the United States of America, of course!
Jake Perks, Telford, Shropshire

How about "Waiting for an alibi" by Thin Lizzy?
LA,

Lazy Sunday, Small Faces. Most notably for the lyrics: 'Wouldn't it be nice to get on with me neighbours?
Scott Hemphill, Epsom,

"Funky Gibbon" by the Goodies
Mark Corton, Amsterdam, Netherlands

"War" "Exodus" Bob Marley
Lionel St. Pierre, United States

I think George Bush would really enjoy something that's nice and fast but with a melody. That's the perfect music for riding a bike. He should listen to Drum 'n' Bass like LTJ Bukem and Squarepusher. The UK has more to offer the President than an alliance.
Sam Clifford, Brisbane, Australia

ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayitsworldwouldfallapart, repeat (stars and stripes) by the Manic Street Preachers, Another Man's Cause by the Levellers
Tom Stagles, Eindhoven

I think he would listen to some NWA, Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre, Jay-Z and some Irish music like The Wolfe Tones.
Mickey Corr, Belfast

It's The End of the World as We Know It, REM; Up, Shania Twain ('can only get up from here') - You've Got A Friend, James Taylor.
Paul, Brisbane, Australia

Nine Inch Nails, 'the hand that feeds'.
Jo, UK

How about "Day Dreamer" that sounds about right for this Chap.
Mark Ames, London

Who cares? It's his iPod, let him enjoy whatever he wants to listen too. Last time I checked no person had a collection based on what they believe.
Gabriel Asseily, London, UK

Army Dreamers by his name-sake Kate Bush. "Shoulda been a politician but he never had a proper education. What a waste..."
Chris, London

50 cent and gangster rap classics
Boni Dube, Brussels, Belgium

'Beautiful People' - Marilyn Manson (Antichrist Superstar). 'The Unforgiven II' - Metallica (Reload). 'The Kids Aren't Alright' - The Offspring (Americana). And, of course 'American Idiot' - Green Day
Mark, Brighton, UK

[No you won't fool] The Children of the Revolution by T.Rex
rz, NH, US

"The World is Mine" by Nas.
Bolaji Lawal, Washington DC, USA

"Bedtime for Democracy" by Dead Kennedys.
Thorfinn, Hertford, England

I Want It All by Queen.
Fiona, Kent

How about Blondie-Atomic? Or the final countdown, maybe? Or even 'It ain't over till it's over'?
Joss, Bristol, UK

Pearl Jam - Bushleaguer.
Rob, Bristol, England

Give Peace a Chance by John Lennon
Maude, USA

Bush listens to Pavarotti and Kelly Osborne.
Ruth Meenagh, UK

W should listen to "The Terror State" by Anti-Flag and "eMotive" by a Perfect Circle. And a LOT of Clash might do him some good. It's a bit too late for music to save him now, though.
Holly Henschen, Charleston, Illinois

Maggie's Farm - Bob Dylan, the list could be far too long. Maybe Last Night I had the Strangest Dream.
Ryan Johnson, Belfast, Ireland

Bush should be listening to Eminem's "mosh"
Johann Stone, Manchester

Undoubtedly, the "Team America" original motion picture soundtrack must be hidden on it somewhere.
Aizaz Akram, Lower East Side, New York

The Killers, "Smile Like You Mean It."
Susan Juan, San Francisco, USA

'Deliverance' - The Best of Banjo
S Mason, London

Star Spangled Banner, Hendrix. Thirty six years on and we're questioning that all American righteousness, again.
Fabio, Rome

I'd be more impressed if he downloaded the music himself and even more impressed if it were not from iTunes.
Mark Hartley, West London

George Frederick Handel's Concerti Grossi Opus 6 and Water Music.
Chris, Manchester, England

Don't Worry, Be Happy!
Bobby, Dallas

"Where is the Love?" by Black Eyed Peas
Shawna Brown, Rochester, NY

Happiness is a warm gun - The Beatles
Paul Buchan, Johannesburg, South Africa

Surely it has to include 'Charmless Man' by Blur.
John Paine, Hampshire, UK

Scissor Sisters "Comfortably Numb".
Gary, Runcorn, UK

Anything by Cat Stevens aka persona non grata
Charles Nullens, London, UK

Poor Misguided Fool by Starsailor.
Jackson Taylor, Glasgow

Oil by Asian Dub Foundation.
Brian Hamburger, New Orleans, USA

Where is the Love? by the Black Eyed Peas.br />Scott Cheadle, Zurich

He should listen to Black Eyed Peas- 'Where is the the love' to remind him of universal brotherhood, love and care.
Adeyanju Apejoye, Kano, Nigeria

Though not a Bush fan, I wouldn't recommend that he listen to an iPod while cycling, as it will reduce his awareness of the road and is a dangerous example to the kids. Nice to see him cycling though.
EW, Birmingham, UK

Pink Floyd's "I've got a bike".
Tony Romain, Midlothian

"War?" from System of a Down
Dru, Newcastle

The Band Played Waltzing Matilda by Eric Bogle and Day After Tomorrow by Tom Waits. Two songs that make me cry about the futility of war; one of them from the 70s, the later from the present.
Don Alexander, St. Catharines, Canada

Surely "The Teletubbies' Greatest Hits"?
Stefan, Strasbourg, France

The Clash's "I'm So Bored With The USA", War's "Why Can't We Be Friends" and Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues"
Tricky, Aberystwyth

Good for him. How about some Celtic rock to get the blood pumping? And to all the sarcastic lefties, get off the computer and get some exercise, maybe you'll lose some weight and improve your mood.
Tim Seeley, Manitoba, Canada

Bang & Blame by R.E.M.
Joel Guerin, Ancaster, Canada

Bill Hicks.
Eddie Gahan, Dublin, Ireland

"United States Of Whatever" by Liam Lynch!
Warren, Cyprus

Us and Them by Pink Floyd.
Tony Peters, London

Hail to the thief by Radiohead
Pradeep, UK

Travis - why does it always rain on me?
Jamie Ferguson, Amsterdam/Edinburgh

Bob The Builder - Can we fix it?
Oli Else, Godalming, Surrey, UK

"Let's stay together" by the Rev. Al Green You cannot be angry with the world when you are listening to the R 'n' B master. And definitely "I am in love with the world" by Chicken Shed... (this was on the Princess Diana memorial album) - both these should calm him down.
Dodie, Toronto, Canada

Greenday, American Idiot!
Max Thompson, Hastings

Xzibit - State Of The Union.
Jacques, Bournemouth UK

"War" - Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
Jamie, London

Attila the Stockboker's "This is Free Europe" to remind him of the dangers of letting religious beliefs influence how you a country.
Dave Q, Shrewsbury UK

The Ring Cycle, Wagner.
Borf Chuddle, Tennessee

More to the point... should he be listening to his iPod whilst on his bike?
Martin, Shrewsbury

If Bush wants to be with the "in crowd" he should be listening to Podcasts. That's if he's interested in geek speak, and Star Wars.
Darren Wall, Bracknell, UK

American Idiot (Greenday) - How fitting.
Adam, Birmingham

Should bush be using his iPod at all whilst cycling? If you ask any cycling organisation they will tell you it is unsafe as it can distract you. Is Bush setting a good example to all the people who need exercise out there, or is he helping cause road accidents?
Richard, London

Green Day - American Idiot. (He probably loves it...)
Martin, Manchester, England

'Why can't we be friends' by Smash Mouth
John, Dublin

Doors "Riders on the storm" or "The End" would be good for him and his bicycle ride.
Marko, Zagreb, Croatia

Green Day's latest album, along with U2's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb!
John Nolan, New York, NY - USA

I'm surprised no-one's posted "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" by Tears For Fears yet. Or "Hold On To Your Friends" by Morrissey. Or for that matter, "America Is Not the World".
Phil Beharrell, London, UK

Does he pay for his downloads or is he a closet Napster user?
Sven Weichbrodt, Willetton, Australia

War. What is it good for? Seems appropriate somehow.
T Campbell-Smith, Fareham, UK

War of course! What's it good for?
Robert, Edinburgh, Scotland

Give Peace A Chance - John & Yoko
Adrian, Plymouth, UK

Perhaps he might listen to Elgar's Nimrod from Enigma Variations.
Gregory, Aberystwyth

"Public Speaking for Idiots" audio book.
Peter Morgan, Cardiff, Wales

English for beginners!
Gerard, Dublin

Tony Blair's current favourite is Iggy Pop's "I Wanna Be Your Dog".
Tim, Bangkok, Thailand

Wagner's 'Ride of the Valkyries'.
GK, London

Idiot Wind, by Bob Dylan. Need I say more?
Andrea Castellano, Brooklyn, USA

Megalomaniac by Incubus.
Nick Mitchell, Milwaukee, WI

The theme tune of The Muppet Show.
Simon S, Oxon

R.E.M. - The End of The World As We Know It.
Barry Murphy, Galway, Ireland

"It's the End of the World as we know it" by R.E.M.
H Kim, Seoul, Korea

He should listen to "If God is Listening" by "Cry Baby, Cry". What a great good song!
Andy Devine, London

The Bravery's album - not only a great album but an ironic reminder of Bush's past 'bravery'. And also Green Day's American Idiot: An album with both a political message and a perfect description of Bush!
Paul, Newcastle

John Walkers Blues by Steve Earle, War by Edwin Starr to name but two!
Robert Bishop, Droitwich, Worcs

Get Back - the Beatles.
Graham Carmichael, Dubai, UAE

He really ought to be listening to American Idiot by Green Day!
Charlotte, Hitchin

I bet he also has an 'aide' push the buttons on his 'High Pod'. If Al Gore invented the internet, why do all the addresses begin with a 'W'?
Phil Dagnan, London, UK

"Know Your Rights", by The Clash, "Fight The Power" by Public Enemy, "Masters Of War" by Bob Dylan, and the entire "Nebraska" album by Bruce Springsteen. Oh, and The Dixie Chicks.
Noel Phelan, Dublin, Ireland

He should definitely listen to the people of America and the rest of the world on his iPod, because he sure is not doing that the rest of the time.
Daryl Northrop, Des Moines, Iowa, USA

He should definitely throw some Alice Cooper into the mix. Then he'll really get the "hard core" he's looking for, some really great music, and a Republican-supporting musician.
K, Montreal, Canada

Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven.
Lester, High Wycombe, UK

System of a down for their political rhetoric and The Wombles for the environment - perhaps some The The for their vision.
Al, Twells, UK

How about Monkey Man by the Specials?
Islay Reid, Montrose, Scotland

Whatever he wants to listen to.
Eilena Luzzi, Gibbstown, NJ, USA

It must be Harry Potter....
D Boardman, Peterborough

Outkast - 'B.O.B.' (Bombs Over Baghdad).
R Williams, Brighton

"Breathe in...breathe out...breath in..."
Gary Varga, Eccleshall

R.E.M. "It's the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)."
Paul Williams, Glasgow, Scotland

Something suitably unfashionable...the mere fact that he owns one will dissuade many people from buying Apple's product, instead opting for low key alternatives.
Luke, Meopham

The Emperor In His War Room - Van der Graaf Generator.
Jeremy, Hampshire, UK

I think he should have "Where's Your Head At?" by Basement Jaxx.
Larelle Read, Luton, Beds

G.W. Bush should definitely listen to a Polish song by Golce 'Tu na razie jest sciernisko ale bedzie San Francisco'. (Here for now there is just stubble, but it will be San Francisco - Ed) Maybe he will like it.
Marcin Dudek, Limanowa, Poland

How about John Lennon's "Imagine"? A pretty nice choice for a president with a lot of imagination...He's tearing down borders alright.
Ognyan, Sofia, Bulgaria

That's an easy one: Edwin Starr's "War".
Adam, Rickmansworth, Herts

World Leader Pretend by REM
Martin, Warks, England

"Turn, turn, turn" by the Byrds. Almost all the lyrics are from the book of Ecclesiastes, including "A time for war, a time for peace".
John Airey, Peterborough, UK

I really think he should listen to Bob Dylan's "god on our side"
Gareth, NL

Rage Against the Machine's "Killin' in the name of" is all about him. I suggest he also listen to a little Willie Nelson, preferably "What ever happened to Peace on Earth", in order to remind himself of what his Christian beliefs are really supposed to support.
Saidhbhin, Dublin

Simon and Garfunkel's Scarborough Fair; Donovan's Universal Soldier, and John Lennon's Give Peace a Chance. That should make him fall off his bike, contributing in a modest way to making the world genuinely safe for (as opposed to from) democracy.
Deborah Hubbard, Pretoria, South Africa

Just so long as it's not the Chemical Brothers, 'Push The Button'....
Dom, London, UK

Anything from the Top Gun movie soundtrack. Duelling Banjo's. Mongoloid by Devo. War by Edwyn Star Suicide is Painless (Theme from Mash) That song by Randy Newman, 'Let's drop the big one there'll be no-one left to blame us' Hard hand to hold by Willy Mason Although possibly Mr Blair should be listening to that one.
David Coyle, Perth, Scotland




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