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President Obama shares his summer music playlist

Summer playlist daytime White House
Source: White House

A little Wale and Nas during the daylight hours, with some Janet Jackson and Aaron Neville at night.

Those are just a sample of President Barack Obama's musical tastes, which he revealed on vacation with his wife and daughters at Martha's Vineyard. Via Spotify, the president gave the world a sampling of his eclectic selection of music.


The collection is divided into more upbeat, "daytime" songs and slower "nighttime" songs and features a wide blend of legendary artists culled from across several decades.

The list includes Aretha Franklin, The Beach Boys and Chance the Rapper, a roster The White House said Obama had "hand-picked" himself. The array of artists also includes contemporary hit-makers like Aloe Blacc, Jidenna, Sara Bareilles, Floetry, Ledisi, with several oldies like Billie Holiday.

Rolling Stone described his daytime choices as "fresh" while his evening jams are more "rooted in jazz and R&B."

Obama has released several playlists throughout his presidency, including his selection on his iPod during his initial 2008 run for office.

Previously, The White House used the digital music service to share first lady Michelle Obama's picks for National Day of the Girl, and 2015 Holiday playlists curated by the both Obama and Biden families.

Here is a complete list of songs POTUS is grooving along to during the dog days of August.

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 Monáe
  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 Mingu

Nighttime

  1. If I Have My Way — Chrisette Michele
  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. Cucurrucucú ​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

Listen to the tracks on the White House Spotify links here: daytime and nighttime.