Listen To The White House’s First Spotify Playlist

Find out what they jam to in the White House

WRITTEN BY: Dana Gibbs
The White House released their first playlist
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The White House released their first playlist

The White House's first Spotify playlist is here!

The last few weeks of summer just got a thousand times more exciting. The White House joined Spotify on Friday, releasing two playlists on the account curated by none other than President Barack Obama.

The playlists feature 20 songs each. An eclectic mix, the two playlists capture the smoothness, and relaxing elements that make the summer heat worthwhile. There’s a song for just about everyone on these night and day summer playlists. President Obama’s taste in music definitely does not discriminate.

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The President’s Summer Playlist: Day

For President Obama’s daytime summer playlist, we’ve got a sweet combination of old school and contemporary artists, including Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Aretha Franklin, and Justin Timberlake.

Playlist tracks:

  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

The President’s Summer Playlist: Night

As opposed to the day playlist, the night playlist has a more mellow vibe—lighter percussions and more ballady tunes. Again, the playlist is very well balanced for all age groups, with songs from artists like Beyoncé, Frank Sinatra, and Mary J Blige and Nina Simone.

Playlist tracks:

  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

So, when we can expect one from Michelle Obama? According to The White House blog, we will be seeing more playlists from others in the White House, so she could be in the process of picking her own songs. In the meantime check out the first White House Spotify playlist.


Follow the playlists on Spotify: Day | Night.

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