Bruce Springsteen

In this Nov. 5, 2018 file photo, Bruce Springsteen performs at the 12th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Michael Bennet digs the Boss; John Hickenlooper keeps it home style.

Nineteen Democratic candidates for president -- including the pair of Coloradans in the race -- spoke Sunday at the Iowa party's Hall of Fame Celebration in Cedar Rapids. And, just like when Colorado Rockies players come up to bat, a "walk on" song picked by the candidates was played as each White House hopeful took the stage.

As revealed in a tweet by Time political reporter Lissandra Villa, Bennet, the U.S. senator from Colorado, chose Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising."

Hickenlooper, the former Colorado governor and Denver mayor, played home-state faves OneRepublic's 2009 tune “Good Life.”

Slate's Jonathan L. Fischer called the candidates' choice of tunes "another important data point by which [Iowans] might judge these presidential bids."

The news outlet rated the candidates' selections — "points for relevance and quality, demerits for obviousness and/or lameness" — and ranked Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren on top for playing Dolly Parton's "9 to 5," which Fischer said "works perfectly with her detail-steeped platform for leveling the economic playing field."

Dead last? Hickenlooper. Clearly Fischer is not a citizen of OneRepublic. And Bennet didn't fare much better, landing at No. 17 out of the 19 candidates, perhaps for recycling a tune that Springsteen performed at former President Barack Obama's inaugural, and that then-candidate Hillary Clinton played at rallies in the 2008 race.

A few choices were on the obscure side ("Never Giving Up" by rapper Batchelor for South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg). Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders played a holdover from his 2016 campaign, John Lennon's "Power to the People."

Ryan Tedder

Ryan Tedder, of the musical group OneRepublic, performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Two candidates revisited punk icons the Clash ("Rudie Can't Fail" for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio; "Clampdown" for former Texas U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke).

And some choices were just plain weird. Jay Inslee -- governor of Washington state, a hotbed of American popular music for decades --  walked on to Electric Light Orchestra's "Mr. Blue Sky." (Wait, what, no Pearl Jam? Brandi Carlisle? Jimi Hendrix? Heart?)






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