President Obama Makes a Mixtape for America

by | February 10, 2012 at 12:05 PM | Music

President Obama serenades supporters at a January 2012 fundraiser (AP Images)

A few weeks ago, President Obama cracked the door of his personal music vault when he crooned a line of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” during a fundraising event in Harlem.

Now he’s throwing the door wide open with a public playlist he (OK, his staff) created on music streaming service Spotify of some of his favorite songs. The 28-track digital mixtape is almost hilariously diverse, with a little something for every potential voter out there. There is country, soft rock, R&B and pop. There is Springsteen, Aretha, Ricky Martin and Sugarland. And, somewhat curiously, there is Hootie. Twice.

Below is the complete list of songs compiled by user “barackobama.” You can listen to the entire playlist via Spotify here.

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”

Perhaps acknowledging that there is a zero percent chance Barack Obama actually listens to the Zac Brown Band, campaign spokeswoman Katie Hogan clarified to the New York Times that the playlist had been put together over course of weeks from suggestions made by campaign staff and volunteers, and that while the list does include “a few of President Obama’s favorites,” it doesn’t necessarily resemble the music sitting on his iPod. So if you were feeling unnerved by the idea of the most powerful man on the planet spending his downtime shaking his bon-bon to Ricky Martin, you can rest easy. Probably.

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