The #RoyalBaby Is Born. Here’s a Playlist For #RoyalBaby

#RoyalBaby was born today. The famous spawn of the United Kingdom’s Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton, #RoyalBaby is a bundle of joy who is supposedly worth roughly $380 million in stimulus to the British economy. There has been much international anticipation over the birthing of #RoyalBaby. For instance, here is the Google Trends graph of “Royal Baby” searches over the past 90 days:

Royal Baby google trends

“Given the special relationship between us, the American people are pleased to join with the people of the United Kingdom as they celebrate the birth of the young prince,” Barack and Michelle Obama said in a statement. “Barring revolution in Britain,” the BBC wrote, “the shape and trajectory of [this baby’s] life is, in every real sense, inescapable. This is a child whose destiny is to inherit one of the oldest hereditary thrones in the world.”

Hereditary throne, indeed. So in honor of the latest addition to the British royal family—a bloodline marked by tabloid fame, generations of autocracy, and Nazi sympathies—here is Mother Jones‘ #RoyalBaby Playlist.

1. Pavement

2. The Smiths

3. The Sex Pistols

4. Schoolhouse Rock!

5. Aerosmith



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Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

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