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Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 01/21/2013

Inauguration, the playlist

Beyonce sings the U.S. National Anthem as President Barack Obama (R) and Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) listen during swearing-in ceremonies on the West front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013 (REUTERS/Jim Bourg). (JIM BOURG - REUTERS)
The readers have spoken: on Facebook and Twitter, suggestions came streaming in for music that would be appropriate for performance during the presidential inauguration. Some of the suggestions are jokes (Aerosmith’s “Back in the Saddle,” Cage’s “4’33””), some are intended as commentary (the last movement of Shostakovich’s 5th symphony; ”Winter” from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”), and some are simply impracticable (I don't think you could get an audience to sit happily through 15 minutes of “Lincoln Portrait” in freezing temperatures, even if you could get an orchestra to play it outdoors). But here is a Spotify playlist with a cornucopia of readers’ suggestions about what Obama might have picked — or about what we might hear come 2017. Surely we can do better than Kelly Clarkson.

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