A Dion Soundtrack for the Clinton Campaign

Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign announces the winner of its campaign-song contest. The song that visitors to her Web site chose is "You and I," by Canadian singer Celine Dion. The song has been used in an Air Canada marketing campaign.

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The votes are cast. The results are in. And the winner of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign song contest is - not the Police.

(Soundbite of song, Every Little Thing She Does is Magic")

STING (Vocalist, The Police): (Singing) Every little thing she does is magic. Everything she do just turns me on.

SEABROOK: It's not Shania Twain.

(Soundbite of song, "Rock This Country")

Ms. SHANIA TWAIN (Singer): (Singing) We're gonna rock this country.

SEABROOK: Nope. The song that America picked, the song chosen from the 10 possibilities floated online by the Clinton campaign is "You and I" by Canadian Celine Dion.

(Soundbite of song, "You and I")

Ms. CELINE DION (Singer): (Singing) High above the mountains, far across the sea, I can hear your voice calling out to me.

SEABROOK: Now, if the tune sounds familiar, it's because a few years back, Air Canada made "You and I" the soundtrack of its marketing campaign. The song was used in television commercials to sell airplane seats and Air Canada passengers could watch a full-length music video featuring Celine Dion singing on an airport runway.

(Soundbite of song, "You and I")

Ms. DION: (Singing) You and I, we're meant to fly. Higher than the clouds we'll sail across the sky. So come...

SEABROOK: Celine Dion even recorded a version of the song in French.

(Soundbite of song, "Mes Ailes a Moi")

Ms. DION: (Singing in French)

SEABROOK: Mandy Grunwald, the media director for the Clinton campaign says it's an inspiring choice. She adds, the song's ties to Canada and Air Canada don't bother her.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. MANDY GRUNWALD (Media Director, Senator Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign): You and I, we're meant to fly. I think our voters, when they talk about flying, has something more metaphorical in mind.

SEABROOK: We should note that in 2004, Democrat John Kerry's official campaign song was "Beautiful Day" by Irish rockers, U2. That song also made Hillary Clinton's shortlist but fell short of votes in the end.

You might recall that Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow" was used by Bill Clinton in 1992, and "The Boss" Bruce Springsteen didn't appreciate it in 1984, when Ronald Reagan wanted to use "Born in the U.S.A." As for other 2008 candidate's official theme songs, we'll keep our ears perked up, so stay tuned.

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