We're all guilty of suffering from a mid-life, maybe quarter-life crisis when it comes to our careers. You think, "If only I had studied X I could've been Y," but here you are with your college degree in something other than your true passion because #jobs.
Well, we're not alone. Even the world's most important politicians have dabbled in other pursuits, including music. Jimmy Fallon revealed Bernie Sanders' long lost record, We Shall Overcome, by Sanders and 30 Vermont Artists, and on it Sanders mixed two of his passions: music and politics.
Sanders covered "This Land Is Your Land," and the rest is history. His deep gruff voice could only hilarious be described as "the voice of an angel that grew up in Brooklyn." (Fallon's words, not ours). But it got us thinking...how many other times have politicos decided to bless us with their voices? It turns out, a lot.
1) Former President Bill Clinton (somewhat reluctantly) teamed up with Israeli and Palestinian children to sing John Lennon's "Imagine." Take it away, Bill!
2) Mitt Romney said he "fell in love with the land" in 2012, which inspired him to cover "America the Beautiful." It's a little pitchy, but we'll give him credit for performing it and owning it.
3) Sen. John McCain released a greatest hits album on Saturday Night Live, McCain Sings Streisand, and even though it might have been a total joke, we're not writing it off.
4) President Barack Obama lent his vocals to a classic rendition of "Happy Birthday" when he wasn't yet president. This 13-year-old birthday boy named Timmy might have been the one to change the game.
5) Little did we know that Herman Cain would be the politician to sing the best, semi-original song. Instead of covering "Imagine" as is, he changed up his act a bit by singing a tribute to mouth-watering pizza called "There's No Pizza," set to the tune of Lennon's hit song. Thank goodness for the First Amendment.
6) Ted Kennedy proved his skills went above and beyond when he performed a Spanish song at an Obama rally. Singing "Ay Jalisco No Te Rajes," Kennedy wowed the crowd with his foreign language skills and voice.
7) Vladimir Putin, or should we say Vladimir "Piano Playing" Putin, impressed not only with his instrument skills but also with his rendition of "Blueberry Hill." Watch for the accent alone.
8) Former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who died in 2013, really showed Moscow how to party when he sang a Spanish song complete with maracas and other instrumentals. If that's not spirit we don't know what is.
Do you have any other favorites? Sound off in the comments!
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