A Free POTUS Summer Playlist: Pres. Obama Curates 39 Songs for a Summer Day


Like he did last summer, President Obama has put together two eclectic music playlists–one for a hot summer day, and another for a summer evening. And they’re both pretty chill, the stuff vacations are made of. If you have Spotify (download it here), you can start streaming all of the songs below. And if you want to know more about Clinton and Trump’s favorite songs, check out this piece on Rolling Stone.

The President’s Summer Playlist: Daytime

  1. LoveHate Thing – Wale
  2. Smooth Sailin’ – Leon Bridges
  3. Elevator Operator – Courtney Barnett
  4. Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  5. Many the Miles – Sara Bareilles
  6. Tightrope – Janelle Monae
  7. Classic Man – Jidenna
  8. So Ambitious – Jay-Z, feat. Pharrell
  9. Me Gustas Tu – Manu Chao
  10. Forever Begins – Common
  11. The Man – Aloe Blacc
  12. As We Enter – Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
  13. Sinnerman – Nina Simone
  14. U Got the Look – Prince
  15. Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin
  16. Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
  17. Don’t Owe You A Thang – Gary Clark Jr.
  18. Man Like That – Gin Wigmore
  19. II B.S. (edit) — Charles Mingus

The President’s Summer Playlist: Nighttime

  1. If I Have My Way – Chrisette Michelle
  2. Espera – Esperanza Spalding
  3. Tell It Like It Is – Aaron Neville
  4. Alright – Ledisi
  5. Trapped By A Thing Called Love – Denise Lasalle
  6. Lady – D’Angelo
  7. So Very Hard to Go – Tower of Power
  8. Midnight Sun – Carmen McCrae
  9. Cucurrucucu Paloma – Caetano Veloso
  10. Green Aphrodisiac – Corinne Bailey Rae
  11. I’ll Be There for You / You’re All I Need – Mary J Blige / Method Man
  12. Lover Man – Billie Holiday
  13. Criminal – Fiona Apple
  14. Acid Rain – Chance the Rapper
  15. My Funny Valentine – Miles Davis
  16. Do You Feel Me – Anthony Hamilton
  17. I Get Lonely – Janet Jackson
  18. Lean In – Lizz Wright
  19. All Day Music – War
  20. Say Yes — Floetry

via CNN.

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  • Bill W. says:

    ‘Good Vibrations’ is the only decent song on his playlist.

  • Ludwig B. says:


  • Francois says:

    Sure he did! Like POTUS has nothing better to do than sift through hundreds of releases to pick out his favs and then publicly shill for them. Suuuuure he did. If you or any of your readers swallow this insipid spoon-fed propaganda then you are dumber than stupid. Contact Donald Trump immediately for I’m certain he as some under water ocean front property in Arizona he’d love to sell you.

    Pretty lousy taste in music btw. Too bad. I at least hoped the White House public relations spin team had a little bit of class when it came to music. It’s also too bad Open Culture has morphed into a vapid shill for Spotify. Just goes to prove Jean Toomer was spot-on when he wrote that Walt Whitman’s average man has turned out to be Babbitt.

  • Marlene Goldsmith, Ph.D. says:

    I have really enjoyed listening to this varied list and sent it to both my sons. We will never again have a president who would put out a list like this in his name, let alone know so much about this music. Thanks to Open Culture for making it available.

  • Fred says:

    Any list with Miles Davis in it is ok by me.

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