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Got the government shutdown blues? There’s a song for that!

What songs would you add to the shutdown playlist?
What songs would you add to the shutdown playlist?
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It’s day three of the federal government shutdown over spending and Obamacare (or the Affordable Care Act). The only thing lawmakers seem to agree about is that the stalemate is the other party’s fault. Republicans shouldn’t have used a budget bill to try to defund health reform and Democrats refuse to negotiate.

Well, if all this polarization has gotten you down, you’re not alone. In an effort to bring a little levity to the situation, Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza asked Twitter followers to suggest songs for a shutdown playlist. “And, boy oh boy, did they respond,” writes Cillizza, who got literally hundreds of suggestions.

Some were cheeky, like R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It.” Others warned of things perhaps to come, like Wyclef Jean’s “Gone Till November.” Coming in at #1 is “Shut ‘Em Down” by Public Enemy.

It’s a great, therapeutic playlist to help pass the time, until D.C. (dare we dream?) gets its act together. If only lawmakers could learn from #16 on the playlist, the classic song from the Rolling Stones, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”


What song would you add to the government shutdown playlist? Tell us in the comments!

Chris Cillizza, Washington Post political reporter and author of "The Fix" political blog on