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Government Shutdown Playlist [LISTEN]

by Caitlin Carter   Oct 1, 2013 14:25 PM EDT

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If you haven’t heard by now, the government is shutting down starting today — for the first time in 17 years. Republicans wanted to undo Obamacare. Democrats wouldn't (and couldn't) let them. The House (with a Republican majority) added previsions to the national budget that wouldn’t allow money to be spent on Obamacare. The Senate (with a Democrat majority) wouldn’t pass the budget with those anti-Obamacare provisions. And back and forth the two parties went until, whoops, no budget was passed in time. At least that’s the gist of it.

To lighten the mood, Music Times has created a playlist of songs about the government shutdown. Some songs were chosen based on title, some on content, and others on their ability to be a metaphor for the current situation. So sit back, relax (especially if you’ve been furloughed), and listen to these tracks while our government goes on vacation.

1. "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by The Rolling Stones

2. "Money" by Pink Floyd

3. "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" by Tears for Fears

4. "Burning Down the House" by The Talking Heads

5. "Symphony of Distruction" by Megadeath

6. "Schism" by Tool

7. "Fight The Power" by Public Enemy

8. "The Fool on The Hill" by The Beatles

9. "Know Your Enemy" Rage Against The Machine

10. "Power" Kanye West

11. "No Can Do" by Hall and Oats

12. "Times They Are A-Changin'" by Bob Dylan

13. "The Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars

14. "Chain of Fools" Aretha Franklin

15. "Money (That's What I Want)" by Barrett Strong

16. "Why Can't We Be Friends?" by WAR

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