Happy Presidents Day!

In honor of the occasion, I have decided to create a playlist of songs about U.S. presidents. Some of these mention specific presidents by name, while others are more veiled and vague in the lyrics.

Also, some of the songs are favorable toward their subject. Others? Not so much.

Please note that these songs do not necessarily reflect the political views of the list-maker. I just picked them — I didn't write them.

Top 5 Presidential Songs:

"Abraham, Martin and John," Marvin Gaye -- It's a powerful tribute to Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. and John Kennedy (as well as Robert Kennedy). It was first recorded by Dion, but the definitive version belonged to Gaye.

"Old Mother Reagan," Violent Femmes -- Vocalist Gordan Gano makes his point in 30 seconds. Surprisingly, it never started a trend where all protest songs would clock in at roughly half a minute.

"James K. Polk," They Might Be Giants -- Finally, our 11th president gets his due!

"If Reagan Played Disco," the Minutemen -- You mean he didn't? I could totally have pictured him rocking a little Bee Gees now and again.

"Funky President (People It's Bad)," James Brown -- The Godfather of Soul gets funky, at the expense of Gerald Ford.

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In this May 17, 1983 file photo, singer Marvin Gaye performs on opening night at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
In this May 17, 1983 file photo, singer Marvin Gaye performs on opening night at Radio City Music Hall in New York. (AP Photo/Nancy Kaye, file)