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Bill de Blasio Used Lorde’s ‘Royals’ As His Victory Song

Democratic Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and his family acknowledge supporters after de Blasio was elected the first Democratic mayor of New York City in 20 years in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. De Blasio, who beat out Republican Joe Lhota by a large margin, follows the three-term reign of Republican-turned-independent billionaire Michael Bloomberg, and Republican Rudy Giuliani, who led the city in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Photo: Kathy Willens

One perk of a politician having two teenage children: No need for classic rock. After his citywide stomping of Joe Lhota, Bill de Blasio was welcomed to the podium at his low-key victory party by his wife Chirlane and a 16-year-old from New Zealand. Lorde’s breakout hit “Royals” played over the loudspeakers as mayor-elect De Blasio took the stage, hitting the sweet spot between message (“Let me be your ruler”), popularity (the song hit No. 1), and hipness (New Brooklyn loves Lorde). In other words, meet Mayor De Blasio.

The relevant lyrics, for the uninitiated:

I’ve never seen a diamond in the flesh
I cut my teeth on wedding rings in the movies
And I’m not proud of my address
In a torn-up town, no postcode envy


And we’ll never be royals (royals)
It don’t run in our blood
That kind of luxe just ain’t for us
We crave a different kind of buzz
Let me be your ruler (ruler)
You can call me queen bee
And baby I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule
Let me live that fantasy

De Blasio Used Lorde’s ‘Royals’ As Victory Song