Obama Reveals His Spotify Playlist & You Won't Believe What's on It

spotifyPretty soon we're going to have to start calling him Ba-rock Obama. The President just joined music-streaming service Spotify, and his totally mixed-bag playlist has been revealed. Aren't you curious?

Of course you are, but before we get to that, can we all just take a moment to appreciate how tech-savvy our President (and his people) is? In addition to being on Spotify, the man's got a Twitter account; a Facebook profile; and he's on Flickr and Instagram, for cryin' out loud. I don't even have a Flickr account, and the Internet is my livelihood. Sheesh. Times -- they are a changin'. And that's a good thing. We like it when the leader of the free world knows how to fire up a laptop and force quit when necessary. We feel safer that way.

Now, on to his playlist!


  • Raphael Saadiq: "Keep Marchin'"
  • Noah and the Whale: "Tonight's the Kind of Night"
  • Bruce Springsteen: "We Take Care of Our Own"
  • Zac Brown Band: "Keep Me in Mind"
  • Aretha Franklin: "The Weight"
  • U2: "Even Better Than the Real Thing"
  • Ricky Martin featuring Joss Stone: "The Best Thing About Me Is You"
  • Dierks Bentley: "Home"
  • Ray LaMontagne: "You Are the Best Thing"
  • Earth Wind & Fire Experience featuring Al McKay Allstars: "Got to Get You Into My Life" (Live)
  • Booker T. & The MG's: "Green Onions" (Single/LP Version)
  • Wilco: "I Got You"
  • The Impressions: "Keep On Pushing" (Single Version)
  • Jennifer Hudson: "Love You I Do" (from Dreamgirls)
  • AgesandAges: "No Nostalgia"
  • Sugarland: "Stand Up"
  • Al Green: "Let's Stay Together"
  • 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"
  • Sugarland: "Everyday America"
  • Darius Rucker: "Learn to Love"
  • Electric Light Orchestra: "Mr. Blue Sky"
  • Montgomery Gentry: "My Town"
  • No Doubt: "Different People"
  • Ledisi: "Raise Up"

Random, no? Who knew Obama was such a hipster, listening to Arcade Fire, Wilco, and Florence and the Machine? (Although, I guess the Instagram thing should have tipped us off.) And look at that -- he's a big country fan, too. (Good move, Mr. Prez.) I think the most shocking picks of all, though, are the No Doubt and Ricky Martin ones. It's like, "Wha?"

Obama -- and his staff (this list isn't solely picks from Obama -- duh) -- have good taste, though. I like it when people's musical interest spans across genres. But most of all, I think it's pretty bad ass that he's on Spotify. It's so modern and zeitgeist-y.

Are you on Spotify? What do you think of Obama's playlist?


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