Obama Releases Personal ‘Summer Playlist’ On Spotify

That Obama and his staff and 21st century media go hand in glove is no secret. That’s why it came as no surprise last Friday when the White House announced a 40-track playlist selected by the American president. 

As you would expect, the playlist is a small ode to the past 60 years of, predominantly, American musical history, with Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin, Howlin’ Wolf and many other icons taking up a spot in ‘The President’s Summer Playlist’.

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Some songs in Obama’s playlist strike a pretty ironic chord, like the presence of the classic “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” by the Temptations. This after the oratorical manoeuvres the President had to pull out his sleeve recently to persuade members of his own party to back the Iran nuclear deal and the relaxed sanctions it gained in return.

Hilary Clinton actually came up with the idea of releasing a Spotify playlist first, but was not received as positively as Obama’s. Rolling Stone music critic Alan Light criticized Clinton’s playlist as being “poll tested” and a “gimmick”. Not that Obama’s playlist is much more adventurous. What would really be an interesting Spotify playlist is one curated by Donald Trump.

The 40 songs in Obama’s playlist:

40. “Paradise,” Coldplay

39. “Shake It Out,” Florence + The Machines

38. “Red & White & Blue & Hold,” Aoife O’Donavan

37. “Pusher Love Girl,” Justin Timberlake

36. “Until,” Cassandra Wilson

35. “Down Down the Deep River,” Okkervil River

34. “You Don’t Know Me,” Ray Charles

33. “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,” Al Green

32. “Nothing Even Matters,” Lauryn Hill/D’Angelo

31. “The Best Is Yet to Come,” Frank Sinatra/Count Basie

30. “Memories Live,” Reflection Eternal

29. “Gimme Shelter,” The Rolling Stones

28. “La Salsa La Traigo Yo,” Sonora Carruseles

27. “Wherever Is Your Heart,” Brandi Carlile

26. “Suzanne,” Leonard Cohen

25. “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember,” Otis Redding

24. “Flamenco Sketches,” Miles Davis

23. “Boozophilia,” Low Cut Connie

22. “So Much Trouble in the World,” Bob Marley & the Wailers

21. “Help Me,” Joni Mitchell

20. “Wang Dang Doodle,” Howlin’ Wolf

19. “Woo,” Erykah Badu

18. “Superpower,” Beyoncé/Frank Ocean

17. “Live It Up, Parts 1 & 2,” The Isley Brothers

16. “I Found My Everything,” Mary J. Blige/Raphael Saadiq

15. “Tombstone Blues,” Bob Dylan

14. “My Favorite Things,” John Coltrane

13. “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” Sly & the Family Stone

12. “UMI Says,” Mos Def

11. “Rock Steady,” Aretha Franklin

10. “Tengo Un Trato — Remix,” Mala Rodríguez

9. “Moondance,” Van Morrison

8. “The Very Thought of You,” Billie Holiday

7. “Stubborn Love,” the Lumineers

6. “Good Day,” Nappy Roots

5. “Another Star,” Stevie Wonder

4. “Is Your Love Big Enough,” Lianne La Havas

3. “Green Light,” John Legend/André 3000

2. “Feeling Good,” Nina Simone

1. “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” the Temptations