Track of the Day: 'I Am Woman'

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

All this week, via our Politics & Policy Daily newsletter, Elaine asked readers (as she did last week for Trump): “What song should Hillary Clinton come out to when he walks on stage Thursday night at the Republican National Convention?” Last night the actual song was a familiar one from the Clinton campaign: Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song.” (Personally I prefer my niece’s rendition.) Thank god we didn’t see this song reprised:

So which song did the P&PD team pick among the scores of reader submissions? Helen Reddy’s anthem to Boomer feminism:

The first reader to recommend “I Am Woman” was Howard Cohen, who adds, “I am old enough to have seen Helen Reddy in concert long ago at the now-defunct Universal Amphitheatre (when it was open-air and no roof).”

The runner-up pick from PP&D was “All the Way Up” by Fat Joe and Remy Ma. Other popular entries from readers were “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor (or if you prefer Cake’s version) and “Stand by Your Man” by Tammy Wynette (though that song had zero chance of actually playing at the convention). Another honorable mention for the 30-year national pol is from reader Chris McPeak—Aerosmith’s “Same Old Song and Dance.” Personally I think this song from Elton John would’ve worked well for Clinton (and the music video has the added touch of being shot in Nice, France):

You could never know what it’s like
Your blood like winter freezes just like ice
And there’s a cold lonely light that shines from you
You’ll wind up like the wreck you hide behind that mask you use
And did you think this fool could never win
Well look at me, I’m coming back again

(Track of the Day archive here. Pre-Notes archive here.)