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Rivals open playlists in bid to rock the presidential vote

There would be little joy for either John McCain or Barack Obama if they were to mistakenly trade iPods. Only one musical artist has appeal for both of them: Ol' Blue Eyes. Barack would surely wince at John's Abba. And who knows what John would do on hearing Barack's "Yes We Can" by the hip hop musician will.i.am.

This we learn courtesy of Blender magazine, which asked the hoary old question: "Who are your top 10 music faves?" That Mr Obama and Mr McCain do not exactly hear ear to ear on matters musical is hardly a surprise. Yes, both like Frank Sinatra, but pick different songs. Beyond that, their tastes diverge quickly. Mr Obama has a few oldies – Marvin Gaye, Roy Orbison and Bruce Springsteen – but gets more up to date with Kanye West, the Fugees and will.i.am.

As for Mr McCain, there is no shame in loving Abba, but twice in your list might seem excessive. He also lists Neil Diamond, the Beach Boys and the Platters.

Few artists have been more flattered, however, than Britain's soul singer Joss Stone. Apparently she has been asked by Mr Obama to write a new theme song for the final weeks of his campaign.

Barack Obama's top 10

Ready or Not, Fugees

What's Going On, Marvin Gaye

I'm On Fire, Bruce Springsteen

Gimme Shelter, Rolling Stones

Sinnerman, Nina Simone

Touch the Sky, Kanye West

You'd Be So Easy to Love, Frank Sinatra

Think, Aretha Franklin

City of Blinding Lights, U2

Yes We Can, will.i.am

John McCain's top 10

Dancing Queen, Abba

Blue Bayou, Roy Orbison

Take a Chance On Me, Abba

If We Make It Through December, Merle Haggard

As Time Goes By, Dooley Wilson

Good Vibrations, The Beach Boys

What A Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong

I've Got You Under My Skin, Frank Sinatra

Sweet Caroline, Neil Diamond

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, The Platters