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Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Meteor shower; Iraq war ends; Time honors ‘The protester’: Soundtrack of the day


A Geminid meteor streaks between peaks of the Seven Sisters rock formation in the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Is today’s news worthy of a soundtrack? We think so.

In today’s top headlines, the Geminid meteor shower made for a grand light show, Time magazine selected “The protester” as its person of the year and a speech by President Obama announced the end of the Iraq war.

Can you think of any songs that would pair well with these headlines? Tell us your picks in the comments — we’ll keep an eye on your suggestions and add them to this post throughout the day. If you need inspiration, check out yesterday’s Soundtrack of the Day or the examples we’ve included below.

Also feel free to suggest songs for other top news headlines. A tune for Congress perhaps?

Meteor shower Tuesday gave spectacular light show

Our pick: “Emilyby Joanna Newsom, which contains this lyrical interpretation of meteorites: “That the meteorite is a source of the light /And the meteor's just what we see / And the meteoroid is a stone that's devoid of the fire that propelled it to thee.”

Time Person of the Year 2011: ‘The protester’


Occupy Seattle protesters, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, demonstrate at the Port of Seattle in Seattle. (Stuart Isett/ Bloomberg)
Our pick: “Nos Siguen Pegando Abajo” by Argentine rocker Charly Garcia. The song’s title translates roughly to “They keep holding us down.” Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up” also strikes a chord with the news of Time’s honoree.

Update:

Reader pick: Volunteers by Jefferson Airplane— h/t to Brianne DeRosa, who suggested this song to us on Facebook.

Obama’s Fort Bragg speech will mark end of Iraq war


America's military continues its pullout of Iraq by the end of this year, after eight years of war and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. ( Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Our pick: Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The song has become a classic both in terms of Christmas songs and antiwar anthems.

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