There have been any number of deep dives into President Barack Obama’s iPod, and we’ve even heard what the First Lady grooves to when she’s doing Pilates. But because he’s progressive, the President has shifted his focus to the streaming service that is Spotify.
It’s hard to imagine the leader of the free world cobbling together playlists in the Oval Office while he laments the lack of available Metallica songs, but President Obama — or more likely, his helpful staff — has put together a list of songs that seem to be a mix of songs he genuinely loves, current cool things he’s paying lip service to, and tongue-in-cheek references to his re-election campaign.
Take a look at the whole thing below:
No Doubt, “Different People”
Earth Wind & Fire Experience featuring the Al McKay Allstars, “Got To Get You Into My Life – (Live)”
Booker T. & the MG’s, “Green Onions”
Wilco, “I Got You”
The Impressions, “Keep On Pushing”
Jennifer Hudson, “Love You I Do”
Ages and Ages, “No Nostalgia”
Ledisi, “Raise Up”
Sugarland, “Stand Up”
Darius Rucker, “This”
Arcade Fire, “We Used to Wait”
Florence + The Machine, “You’ve Got the Love”
James Taylor, “Your Smiling Face”
REO Speedwagon, “Roll With the Changes”
Raphael Saadiq, “Keep Marchin'”
Noah and the Whale, “Tonight’s the Kind of Night”
Zac Brown Band, “Keep Me In Mind”
Aretha Franklin, “The Weight”
U2, “Even Better Than the Real Thing”
Dierks Bentley, “Home”
Sugarland, “Everyday America”
Darius Rucker, “Learn to Live”
Al Green, “Let’s Stay Together”
Electric Light Orchestra, “Mr. Blue Sky”
Montgomery Gentry, “My Town”
Ricky Martin featuring Joss Stone, “The Best Thing About Me Is You”
Ray LaMontagne, “You Are the Best Thing”
Bruce Springsteen, “We Take Care Of Our Own”
You can link to the entirety of the playlist via Spotify here.
A few things jump out. First of all, there’s no hip-hop on this list, and since Obama has endorsed Jay-Z in the past, it’s safe to assume he thought Watch the Throne was overblown.
Secondly, that’s a lot of Darius Rucker. How much do you want to bet that he still gets into arguments about the relative greatness of Fairweather Johnson?
Finally, he gets major points for nodding to U2’s art-rock period, an excellent ELO song, that killer Aretha Franklin cover of “The Weight,” and the underrated Noah and the Whale. Negative points for Ricky Martin and the least good song from No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom.
What are your favorite tracks from President Obama’s playlist? And what are your best guests for the Spotify playlists maintained by Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich?
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