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Did Trump Say His Favorite Song Was 'Iris' by the Goo Goo Dolls?

The rumor first spread in a TikTok video in late September 2021.

Published Sep 30, 2021

PERRY, GA - SEPTEMBER 25: former US President Donald Trump speaks at a rally on September 25, 2021 in Perry, Georgia. Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker, Georgia Secretary of State candidate Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), and Georgia Lieutenant Gubernatorial candidate State Sen. Burt Jones (R-GA) also appeared as guests at the rally. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
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Claim:
Donald Trump said his favorite song was "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls.

On Sept. 29, 2021, TikTok user @restroomuser posted a new video that claimed U.S. President Donald Trump told The Associated Press in 2018 that his favorite song was "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls.

The video was viewed nearly 500,000 times in 24 hours. The vast majority of comments showed that many viewers believed the claim to be true. Some commenters also noted that part of the lyrics for the song contained the words, "I just want you to know who I am," which they related to Trump's personality.

However, the video was nothing more than a joke. Trump's Associated Press interview from Oct. 16, 2018, mentioned nothing about a "favorite song" or "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdYWuo9OFAw

According to a BBC News article from October 2020, Trump's real favorite song is Peggy Lee's "Is That All There Is?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPP6UgkmyM4

BBC News reported on the meaning of the song, and how Trump connected it to his own life:

The president is a big fan of The Rolling Stones, Eminem and Elton John (a decidedly one-way relationship), but his favourite song is Peggy Lee's Is That All There Is? It's an interesting choice: Lee's nihilistic ballad essentially says life is a series of meaningless disappointments, so you might as well drink away your sorrows and forget about the rest of the world.

Mr. Trump sees it differently. "It's a great song because I've had these tremendous successes and then I'm off to the next one. Because, it's like, 'Oh, is that all there is?'" he told his biographer Michael D'Antonio, in 2014.

In sum, Trump's favorite song was not "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls. The TikTok video that made the claim was simply a joke.

Sources

Barbaro, Michael. “What Drives Donald Trump? Fear of Losing Status, Tapes Show.” The New York Times, 25 Oct. 2016. NYTimes.com, https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/26/us/politics/donald-trump-interviews.html.

Peggy Lee – Is That All There Is? genius.com, https://genius.com/Peggy-lee-is-that-all-there-is-lyrics.
“Read the Transcript of AP’s Interview with President Trump.” AP NEWS, https://apnews.com/article/north-america-donald-trump-ap-top-news-politics-jamal-khashoggi-a28cc17d27524050b37f4d91e087955e.
“Rolling Stones Warn Trump Not to Use Their Songs - or Face Legal Action.” BBC News, 28 June 2020. www.bbc.co.uk, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53208593.
The Goo Goo Dolls – Iris. genius.com, https://genius.com/The-goo-goo-dolls-iris-lyrics.
“US Election 2020: What We Can Learn from Trump and Biden’s Musical Choices.” BBC News, 24 Oct. 2020. www.bbc.com, https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-54644163.

Jordan Liles is a Senior Reporter who has been with Snopes since 2016.