Music makes everything better, and that includes volunteering on a campaign. CJPAC is proud to present our own curated Spotify playlist perfect for whatever job you are doing on the campaign trail. Hit play and then read below why each song made the cut. Happy listening!
M83 – Midnight City: One of the best ‘get lost and explore the city’ songs ever made, the mysterious-but-good vibes this song gives off are perfect for when you’re canvassing new neighbourhoods you haven’t been to before. And if that sax solo doesn’t put a jig in your step, there’s no helping you.
Drake – Started From the Bottom: When you first campaign, you’re starting from the bottom. You’re the new kid. But, like great Canadian and nice Jewish boy Aubrey Drake Graham, you will eventually arrive “here”, whatever your “here” happens to be. Further, if you win the campaign, you will take the whole world with you, as Drake does.
Clem Snide – Moment in the Sun: This simple, charming slice of ‘90s indie pop speaks to the idealist in all of us. It also asks the question: when it’s your ‘moment in the sun’, will you try to make the world a better place? Answering ‘yes’ to that question is what brings so many campaign volunteers out in the first place.
ABBA – Take A Chance On Me: While ABBA doesn’t speak either of Canada’s official languages, you do, and will be using them to convince people to take a chance on your candidate.
The Hold Steady – Stay Positive: This is a friendly reminder to everyone working and volunteering on campaigns. Staying positive on the campaign trail is a lot easier with this thumping anthem, that could also double as an MP’s message of thanks to his or her volunteers when Craig Finn declares, “we couldn’t have even done this if it wasn’t for you.”
Eminem – Not Afraid: You are bold. You are not afraid to take a stand. Neither is Eminem, and he will be there to take your hand. Becoming more confident is an important part of becoming engaged on a campaign, and by the end of the election, you won’t be afraid to do anything, just like Eminem.
Modest Mouse – Float On: Perhaps the optimist’s ultimate tune, these indie-rock stalwarts remind us to look on the bright side of life. This one is for those days on the campaign trail when you can use a little reminder that when “bad news comes, don’t you worry even when it lands/good news will work it’s way to all them plans.”
Katy Perry – Roar: If you were once scared to rock the boat, fear no more. No one can hold you down anymore. You are a champion, and we are gonna hear you roar. This song should inspire you to get involved on a campaign. CJPAC can help you with that.
The Walkmen – In The New Year: Working on a campaign gives you a unique opportunity to help shape the future of the country. With your help, the candidate whose issues you support could very well end up at Parliament Hill, working for causes you believe in. If that happens, you’ll agree that “it’s gonna be a good year.”
Drake – Energy: You’re going to need a lot of energy on a campaign, and who better to pump you up than the boy Drizzy himself. Drake has a lot of energy, so why don’t you? Get that extra coffee, do some extra jumping jacks, and get excited to hit the campaign trail!
Yeasayer – Ambling Alp: Another song to help perk you up and motivate you to keep working hard. It’s important to stand up for what you believe in and ignore any naysayers (pun possibly intended) you may meet along the way (or along the campaign trail). Couple that positive message with a catchy beat, and this is a perfect song for you to play to your fellow volunteers (plus you’ll score extra points for knowing one of those ‘obscure hipster bands’)
Lupe Fiasco – The Show Goes On: Sometimes, despite all your hard work, things just won’t go your way. That’s ok. Lupe Fiasco reminds you that although the campaign might not have given you the result you wanted, there is always next time.
Gonzales – Working Together: This one is pretty self-explanatory. One of the best parts about volunteering on a campaign is getting to work with other people who share your interests and beliefs. No campaign can succeed without the entire team around it working together.
Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe: “Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but here’s my number, so call me maybe”. As a campaign volunteer, this will be your anthem. You will be calling people that you just met (or maybe never met at all) as part of phone banking, an integral part of campaigning. You might even call me, maybe.
Smashing Pumpkins – Today: After all your hard work leading up to Election Day, the big day finally arrives. Perhaps it is slightly hyperbolic to declare, “Today is the greatest I’ve ever known”, but only slightly (especially if your candidate wins!)
Eminem – Lose Yourself: We’re not gonna lie, sometimes working on a campaign can be tough. There are late nights, early mornings, and a lot of doors that need to be knocked. Sometimes your arms will be heavy. Occasionally your palms will be sweaty. But in your heart, you know you will calm and ready. Composure is an essential on this campaign: you only get one shot, one opportunity. So make it count.
The Tragically Hip – My Music at Work: What playlist about Canada would be complete without The Hip? This one is for those long nights at the campaign office, where having good music blasting (or a certain Spotify playlist perhaps?) can help keep you going.
Peter Bjorn and John – Young Folks: The unreasonably catchiness of ‘that whistling song’ aside, we’d actually disagree slightly with this Swedish trio when they sing, “we don’t care about the young folks.” Young people who volunteer on campaigns are integral to the democratic process and will have a critical impact on this year’s election result.