President Barack Obama has had a pretty good summer so far: his approval rating is on the rise and Joe Biden gave him a sweet birthday gift, and to celebrate he shared two summer playlists today on his personal Twitter account.
While it may be hot in Washington, D.C., this summer, Obama’s playlist is pretty cool. The playlist mixes timeless classics by artists such as The Beach Boys and Aretha Franklin with newer hits by artists such as Chance the Rapper and Courtney Barnett, and the playlist’s blend perfectly proves that Obama is our first president with hipster credentials. Obama began the tradition of creating a summer playlist in 2015, and he was the first sitting president to do so. This isn’t much of a surprise, as Spotify, known for its playlist feature, originated during Obama’s tenure.
The playlist also shows Obama’s loyalty towards his favorite artists, as many of the performers listed in President Obama’s playlist have previously performed at the White House. It’s clear that Janelle Monae’s “Tightrope” made an impression when she performed for the Obama family in 2014 for Malia Obama’s birthday, as the track also makes an appearance on Obama’s summer playlist.
Janelle Monae and Jay-Z also both made donations to Obama’s campaign — maybe that’s all it takes to score a place in the presidential playlist?
The daytime playlist definitely has an air of swagger that matches Obama’s confidence, with pump-up tracks like “The Man” by Aloe Blacc and “Classic Man” by Jidenna. It’s not difficult to imagine Obama getting ready for a meeting in the Oval Office while listening to the playlist.
Many of the artists featured were understandably delighted by their inclusion in Obama’s playlist. Some took to Twitter to express their gratitude to President Obama, including Corinne Bailey Rae:
Jidenna offered his interpretation of how Obama listens to “Classic Man”:
Common used the playlist to make a commentary on President Obama’s leadership skills:
Billie Holiday’s social media account celebrated the famous singer’s second year on Obama’s playlist:
Sara Bareilles played it cool:
And finally, Wale responded to President Obama’s tweet announcing the playlist with understated pride:
Of course, the featured artists weren’t the only ones excited by Obama’s summer playlist. The playlist saw a positive reaction on social media, with many praising Obama’s song choices:
Thinking about Obama listening to Classic Man literally brings tears to my eyes— Girl Fieri (@IsabelArcelia) August 11, 2016
I just died and went to heaven if Obama is daytime listening to Classic Man lmfaooo— Leyland (@_leyland) August 11, 2016
And some were disappointed that President Obama didn’t include their favorite songs of summer in the playlist, and offered their own suggestions for the summer playlist:
Can we impeach Obama if he didn't include Young Thug on his playlist? https://t.co/PKwM5VlT6H— Tonee? (@ItMeTony) August 11, 2016
I couldn't love Obama more but I'm just honestly concerned that Can't Stop the Feeling didn't make it onto his summer playlist :///— Sarah Hinrichsen (@sarahhinrichsen) August 11, 2016
It’s clear that the Obama family has plenty to celebrate during their last summer in the White House, and hopefully we’ll even get a fall playlist or two before inauguration.
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