President Obama Has Great Taste in Music

President Obama Has Great Taste in Music

The White House just joined Spotify and shared his playlist.

Published August 14, 2015

The White House wants to let you know they just joined Spotify. OK? Cool.

What’s even cooler is that President Barack Obama shared two playlists while he’s on summer vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. In between reading those six books he’s assigned himself, President Obama found some time to handpick a playlist for the day and night time.

There’s a wide range of artists here, from The Temptations and Isley Brothers to Aretha Franklin and Justin Timberlake. President Obama’s night playlist for the summer is equally intriguing as he mixes in Nina Simone, Mos Def and Lauryn Hill. There’s definitely some good vibes here and it’s perfect for any occasion.

Although we have just a month left before fall starts, President Obama wants us to enjoy the sunshine while we can. Check out the tracklists below and stream them on Spotify here and here.

President Obama's Summer Playlist: Day

  1. Ain’t Too Proud to Beg – The Temptations
  2. Live It Up – Isley Brothers
  3. Memories Live – Talib Kweli & Hi Tek
  4. Tombstone Blues – Bob Dylan
  5. So Much Trouble in the World – Bob Marley
  6. Paradise – Coldplay
  7. Tengo Un Trato (Remix) – Mala Rodriguez
  8. Wang Dang Doodle – Howlin Wolf
  9. Another Star – Stevie Wonder
  10. Hot Fun in the Summertime – Sly & the Family Stone
  11. Boozophilia – Low Cut Connie
  12. Wherever Is Your Heart  – Brandi Carlile
  13. Good Day – Nappy Roots
  14. Green Light – John Legend
  15. Gimme Shelter – Rolling Stones
  16. Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin
  17. Down Down the Deep River – Okkervil River
  18. Pusher Love Girl – Justin Timberlake
  19. Shake It Out – Florence + The Machine
  20. La Salsa La Traigo Yo – Sonora Carruseles

President Obama's Summer Playlist: Night

  1. My Favorite Things – John Coltrane
  2. Superpower (feat. Frank Ocean) – Beyoncé
  3. Moondance – Van Morrison
  4. Is Your Love Big Enough? – Lianne La Havas
  5. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart – Al Green
  6. Red & White & Blue & Gold – Aoife O’Donovan
  7. Nothing Even Matters – Lauryn Hill
  8. The Best Is Yet to Come – Frank Sinatra
  9. You Don’t Know Me – Ray Charles
  10. I Found My Everything – Mary J Blige
  11. Help Me – Joni Mitchell
  12. I’ve Got Dreams to Remember – Otis Redding
  13. Suzanne – Leonard Cohen
  14. Feeling Good – Nina Simone
  15. Stubborn Love – The Lumineers
  16. Until – Cassandra Wilson
  17. UMI Says – Mos Def
  18. The Very Thought of You – Billie Holiday
  19. Flamenco Sketches – Miles Davis
  20. Woo – Erykah Badu


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Written by Eric Diep

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