Barack Obama’s Spotify playlists: turns out he’s got GREAT taste

It turns out the President of the USA has an ear for good music!

Barack Obama “handpicked” 39 songs for two Spotify Summer playlists, one called ‘Day’ and the other, ‘Night’. Both playlists have a mix of soul, jazz, rap, country and pop tracks from a range of classic and modern artists. The playlists include music from Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Florence + The Machine, Talib Kweli, Lauryn Hill, Joni Mitchell, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Erykah Badu. 

He then released them for all to enjoy.

Everyone was super surprised, including the lead singer of Low Cut Connie. Adam Weiner said he was told it was the 1st daughters who actually introduced the President to his band’s music. However, he was still very humbled. “[I] thought it was a joke at first, but then I remembered that Obama has incredibly great taste and that he has always championed the little guy.… and I couldn’t be more honored, humbled, or confused.  Thank you Mr. President,” he said.

Check out each playlist below:


1. The Temptations: Ain’t Too Proud to Beg
2. The Isley Brothers: Live It Up Pts 1 & 2
3. Talib Kweli & Hi Tek: Memories Live
4. Bob Dylan: Tombstone Blues
5. Bob Marley & The Wailers: So Much Trouble in the World
6. Coldplay: Paradise
7. Howlin’ Wolf: Wang Dang Doodle
8. Stevie Wonder: Another Star
9. Sly & the Family Stone: Hot Fun in the Summertime
10. Low Cut Connie: Boozophilia
11. Brandi Carlile: Wherever Is Your Heart
12. Nappy Roots: Good Day
13. John Legend and Andre 3000: Green Light
14. The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter
15. Aretha Franklin: Rock Steady
16. Okkervil River: Down Down the Deep River
17. Justin Timberlake: Pusher Love Girl
18. Florence + The Machine: Shake It Out
19. Sonora Carruseles: La Salsa La Traigo Yo


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