We’ve had the battlebuses, the party political broadcasts, even the photo opportunities with cuddly animals.
But we’ve now had well over a week of electioneering and I’ve yet to hear evidence of any official campaign anthems.
Maybe we’re not going to get them this time. Perhaps using a popular song or a familiar tune on the campaign trail has fallen out of fashion.
It wasn’t very long ago that they were very much all the rage. Tony Blair’s three election victories were each soundtracked by a (reasonably) contemporary hit: Things Can Only Get Better by D:Ream in 1997; Lifted by The Lighthouse Family in 2001; and Beautiful Day by U2 in 2005.
But in 2010 I’m pretty sure Labour ditched the idea of an official campaign song altogether – or if they did use something, it was nothing well-known.
The Lib Dems used the song New Beginning by the former Boyzone member Stephen Gately in 2001. In both 2005 and 2010 there was nothing.
As for the Conservatives, I’m pretty sure they’ve never appropriated a song for an election campaign, at least not officially. When they used a hit by the band Keane in 2010, one of the group’s members tweeted his horror and said the party had not been given permission to play the tune.
The Tories have instead preferred to commission instrumental pieces from composers, the most famous example being Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1992 – though in truth all he did was rearrange a bit of Henry Purcell.
There’s still time for one or more the parties in this year’s election to unveil an anthem. We’ve yet to have any proper manifesto launches, for example. That could be an ideal opportunity for a familiar tune to burst forth suddenly from a set of speakers and become forever more associated with a triumphant electoral victory or a humiliating nationwide flop. I’m all ears.