Musicians VS Donald Trump


From denying his use of their music to flat-out calling him a “complete fuckin’ nightmare”, lots of musicians have had beef with Donald Trump.

We’ve compiled a few of our favourite anti-Trump quotes, songs and angry tweets.


50 Musicians

We kick off the list by cheating and directing your attention to the 30 Days, 50 Songs project which saw 50 musicians creating original songs for “a Trump free America”. Featuring tracks by bands like R.E.M., Franz Ferdinand and Cold War Kids, you can check it out here.



Bruce Springsteen

“Well, you know, the republic is under siege by a moron, basically. The whole thing is tragic. Without overstating it, it’s a tragedy for our democracy”. – Springsteen talking to Rolling Stone.


David Crosby

“[Trump] can’t control his mouth or his mind. He’s an idiot, and a scary one.” – Crosby talking to Rolling Stone


Def Leppard

After CNN published an article that Trump would be introducing the band at Iowa State Fair, guitarist Vivian Campbell took to Facebook to post the following:

Vivian Campbell


Ellie Goulding



Alright, technically this song from EL VY (a side project featuring lead singer Matt Berninger from The National) counts as part of 30 Days, 50 Songs but since they went to the effort of creating an arcade-style anti-Trump game to go with the track, it gets a special mention. Have a go and check out the song here.



Father John Misty

FJM recorded an impromptu cover of comedian Tim Heidecker’s anti-Trump song ‘Trump’s Pilot’. The song tells the rousing tale of Trump’s pilot planning to take down his boss.


Green Day

The band have had lots to say about Trump but, frontman Bille joe Armstrong most recently told NME:

“[Trump] has no compassion. He has no empathy for anything except power. That’s all he wants, and he’ll step on anybody to get it. And the thought of a guy like that having his finger on the nuclear button is pretty fucking scary…[He’s like] fucking Hitler man. The comparison is that he’s using scare tactics against minorities – Muslims and Mexicans and African-Americans. There could be race wars.”


Henry Rollins

“Donald Trump’s gonna suck if you’re brown, black, lower middle-class or poor…[if Clinton wins] Trump fans are going to be very dangerous losers.” – Rollins speaking to the Guardian.


John Legend

Someone please get Donald Trump’s son some ice.



The pop artist kept it nice and simple, getting her son a Donald Trump piñata for his 11th birthday.


She then took the beef to Twitter, stepping in to defend her friend Rosie O’Donnell after Trump had a go at her during the first presidential debate.


Melissa Etheridge

Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge also got involved on Twitter after the Rosie O’Donnell comments:


Miley Cyrus



The EDM musician has had plenty to say about Trump, and just this week came out calling him an “actual sociopath” to Rolling Stone.

He also posted this on Facebook earlier this year:



Neil Young

After ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ was used at Trump’s candidacy announcement, the singer-songwriter made a lengthy Facebook post about the issue, before uploading this gem of a song. Short, simple, catchy and effective.



After Trump started using ‘We Are The Champions’ as his ‘theme’, Queen guitarist Brian May wrote on his website:

“I’ve had an avalanche of complaints – some of which you can see in our ‘LETTERS’ page – about Donald Trump using our ‘We Are The Champions’ track as his ‘theme’ song on USA TV. This is not an official Queen statement, but I can confirm that permission to use the track was neither sought nor given. We are taking advice on what steps we can take to ensure this use does not continue.”

“I will make sure we take what steps we can to dissociate ourselves from Donald Trump’s unsavoury campaign.”


Riff Raff

The rapper should probably do some research before considering a move to North Korea. Apparently the golfing is quite good there though…


Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)

In a recent interview on WTF With Marc Maron the Pink Floyd musician compared Trump to Adolf Hitler, saying “National Trumpism feels a bit less insidious, but it’s just as dangerous”.

In an interview with Rolling Stone last year, Waters also called Trump “pig-ignorant”.


The Rolling Stones

After having their song ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ used at a Republican National Convention, the band took to Twitter to write “The Rolling Stones have continuously asked Trump to refrain from using their music. In May, Trump walked out for his Indiana primary victory speech to ‘Start Me Up’, with a rep for the band telling Billboard at the time, “The Rolling Stones have never given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs. [The band] have requested that they cease all use immediately.”



After ‘It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’ was used at a Tea Party rally, frontman Michael Stipe tweeted the following (via bassist Mike Mills’ Twitter account):

Mills then tweeted a follow-up:



Speaking to Rolling Stone Australia, frontman Corey Taylor explained:

“There’s a reason I’m looking at places in your country [to live]…anyone but Trump is better in my fuckin’ opinion, and I think the majority of people know it.”


Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine)

The Rage Against The Machine guitarist uploaded this video after featuring on an anti-Trump song ‘Old Man Trump’.




As well as calling Trump “potentially the worst idea that ever happened to America”, the band incorporated Trump soundbites into a recent performance of ‘Desire’.



The most stylish diss on the list.


A photo posted by Usher (@usher) on



The punk band took to Twitter earlier this year to ban homophobes, racists and Trump voters from attending their shows. The post has now been deleted but concluded: “id rather have a room half filled with good energy than one filled with hate. people are suffering every day and the way i see it you are either part of the solution or part of the problem”.


Win Butler (Arcade Fire)

“Trump is a complete fuckin’ nightmare and a clown and a joke” – Butler speaking at Red Bull Music Academy

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