By Rachel Josue
One of the perks of becoming president is gaining access to a rather impressive record collection. According to Rolling Stone, the collection hasn't been touched since 1979, when producer John Hammond commissioned an update to the compilation of musical works for the Carter administration. By the time the additions were presented to the president on January 13, 1981, the library had grown by about 200 rock albums, including the likes of David Bowie and the Kinks.
MTV was born on August 1, 1981, which means during the entire lifetime of our network, the White House music collection hasn't been revised. What kind of priorities do these politicians have?!
Now, President Obama is a hip guy, and we already know he's got a pretty respectable music collection. Will.I.Am wrote tributes to the man, and he proved last week that he's tried to learn Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" dance. I think it's time to readdress the official music collection for the leader of the free world. Your girls will thank us, Mr. President.
Choosing only one album per year of MTV's life, here is just some of the music that defined a generation:
The Go-Go's, Beauty and the Beat (1981)
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, The Message(1982)
Prince, 1999 (1983)
Madonna, Like a Virgin (1984)
Whitney Houston, Whitney Houston (1985)
Janet Jackson, Control (1986)
Guns N' Roses, Appetite for Destruction (1987)
Paula Abdul, Forever Your Girl (1988)
Billy Joel, Storm Front (1989)
MC Hammer, Please Hammer, Don't Hurt' Em (1990)
R.E.M., Out of Time (1991)
Eric Clapton, Unplugged (1992)
Aerosmith, Get a Grip (1993)
Green Day, Dookie (1994)
No Doubt, Tragic Kingdom(1995)
Backstreet Boys, Backstreet Boys (1996)
Radiohead, OK Computer (1997)
'NSYNC, 'NSYNC (1998)
Britney Spears, ... Baby One More Time (1999)
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
Destiny's Child, Survivor (2001)
Avril Lavigne, Let Go (2002)
Outkast, Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below (2003)
Kanye West, The College Dropout (2004)
Mariah Carey, The Emancipation of Mimi (2005)
Justin Timberlake, FutureSex/ LoveSounds (2006)
Rihanna ,Good Girl Gone Bad (2007)
Lil Wayne, The Carter III (2008)
This one's pre-1981, but since it contains the first song we ever aired, "Video Killed the Radio Star," we can't overlook it: the Buggles, The Age of Plastic (1979).
Plus, the entire catalogs of:
And definitely look into these guys:
And I probably forgot a zillion bands, including your favorites. Who else do you think should be added to the White House's collection?