I do my best to stay apolitical 'round here. That doesn't mean that there aren't some societal assumptions underlying this entire venture, but you're not going to find anything remotely resembling an endorsement.
Which isn't to say I'm not interested in government and elections -- that's very far from the truth. And so, with an election coming up next week, I thought it was high time that I put together a list of political and civic songs for kids.
I will note that I've tried not to make this a list of history songs. If I did that, after all, half the songs on the list could be from the Deedle Deedle Dees. I was as interested in the political process, citizens participating, and the category of Presidents as I was in specific "historic" individuals.
As with all of these types of lists, it's a work in progress, so if I've left your favorite (or, if you're a musician, your own) song off the list, let me know in the comments. (And if They Might Be Giants ever release Here Comes Political Science, you'll hear about it here first.)
Schoolhouse Rock - America Rocks [lyrics]
Various Artists - We Stood Up [stream/download]
Jim Gill - "Vote for Jim Gill" [video]
The Galactic Heroes - "George Washington" [stream/download]
Dan Zanes - "Washington at Valley Forge" [stream]
The Not-Its - "Washington, D.C." [video]
Brian Vogan and his Good Buddies - "Presidents' Day" [stream]
Schoolhouse Rock - "I'm Just a Bill" [video]
The Deedle Deedle Dees - "Si Se Puede!" [stream]
The Deedle Deedle Dees - "Teddy Days" [notes]
They Might Be Giants - "James K. Polk" [stream]
They Might Be Giants - "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too" [stream]
They Might Be Giants - "Vote or Don't" [stream]
Danny Weinkauf - "Cast My Vote" [video]