Party like the president with Barack Obama’s summer music playlist

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the Presidential Summit of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at the Omni Shoreham Hotel August 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Fans of Barack Obama can now groove to the president’s favourite tunes- he’s shared his summer playlist for everyone to enjoy.

Obama’s summer playlist includes artists ranging from, Jay Z, Nas and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley to Sara Bareilles, Prince and Aretha Franklin.

The White House released the president’s playlist Thursday during Obama’s family vacation on Martha’s Vineyard.

The list of 39 songs is divided into daytime and nighttime categories, and the playlists are available to listen to on the Spotify streaming service.

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Classic songs on the playlist include Beach Boys‘ Good Vibrations and Prince’s U Got the Look. Other recent releases that Obama is listening to include Acid Rain by Chance the Rapper and Forever Begins by Common.

The president showed his appreciation for jazz music throughout his playlist by including My Funny Valentine by Miles Davis and Lover Man by Billie Holiday.

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What Obama’s jamming to this summer

Here is the full list of songs and artists that Obama jams out to:


  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, featuring 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– Beachboys
  17. Don’t Owe You a Thang– Gary Clark Jr.
  18. Man Like That– Gin Wigmore
  19. II B.S. (Edit)–  Charles Mingus


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  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– Carmen McCrae
  8. Midnight Sun– Caetano Veloso
  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 and 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

To listen to the playlists visit or Spotify.


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