The songs were "hand selected" by the President
He showed off his eclectic musical taste
President Barack Obama once again proved his eclectic taste in music, releasing two summer playlists while he vacations on Martha’s Vineyard with the first family.
A day later, on Friday, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill released their playlist for their summer holidays.
Obama’s playlists – one curated for daytime and one for nighttime – and the Bidens’ playlist, feature music from a wide range of singers and genres, and are available on the official White House Spotify account.
For Obama’s playlist, the music was “hand-selected” by the President, according to the White House, and includes classics from Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis and Prince, along with more recent artists Common, Jay Z and Wale.
The playlist also showcases artists who have performed at the White House including Janelle Monae, Sara Bareilles and Esperanza Spalding.
The Bidens’ playlist features artists including Coldplay, Courtney Barnett, Common and Charles Mingus.
Obama announced the playlist in a tweet Thursday: “Been waiting to drop this: summer playlist, the encore. What’s everybody listening to?”
The Bidens announced their playlist in a tweet on Friday that said, “From Jill and me, here is the soundtrack to our summer days and nights, past and present.”
This is the President and Vice President’s second playlist. In December 2015, both the President and Biden released their respective holiday playlists.
The Obamas are currently enjoying a two-week stay on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, where the first family has vacationed for almost every year of Obama’s presidency.
The President’s Summer Playlist: Daytime
- LoveHate Thing - Wale
- Smooth Sailin’ - Leon Bridges
- Elevator Operator - Courtney Barnett
- Home - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
- Many the Miles - Sara Bareilles
- Tightrope - Janelle Monae
- Classic Man - Jidenna
- So Ambitious - Jay-Z, feat. Pharrell
- Me Gustas Tu - Manu Chao
- Forever Begins - Common
- The Man - Aloe Blacc
- As We Enter - Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
- Sinnerman - Nina Simone
- U Got the Look - Prince
- Rock Steady - Aretha Franklin
- Good Vibrations - Beach Boys
- Don’t Owe You A Thang - Gary Clark Jr.
- Man Like That - Gin Wigmore
- II B.S. (edit) – Charles Mingus
The President’s Summer Playlist: Nighttime
- If I Have My Way - Chrisette Michelle
- Espera - Esperanza Spalding
- Tell It Like It Is - Aaron Neville
- Alright - Ledisi
- Trapped By A Thing Called Love - Denise Lasalle
- Lady - D’Angelo
- So Very Hard to Go - Tower of Power
- Midnight Sun - Carmen McCrae
- Cucurrucucu Paloma - Caetano Veloso
- Green Aphrodisiac - Corinne Bailey Rae
- I’ll Be There for You / You’re All I Need - Mary J Blige / Method Man
- Lover Man - Billie Holiday
- Criminal - Fiona Apple
- Acid Rain - Chance the Rapper
- My Funny Valentine - Miles Davis
- Do You Feel Me - Anthony Hamilton
- I Get Lonely - Janet Jackson
- Lean In - Lizz Wright
- All Day Music - War
- Say Yes – Floetry
The Bidens’ summer playlist
- Stay With Me - Sam Smith
- We Take Care of Our Own - Bruce Springsteen
- Come Together - The Beatles
- Hello - Adele
- Til It Happens To You - Lady Gaga
- I Wanna Hold Your Hand - Al Green
- My Way - Frank Sinatra
- Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You - Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
- The Best - Tina Turner
- Til Kingdom Come - Coldplay
- If We Fall In Love Tonight - Rod Stewart
- Hallelujah - KD Lang
- Do You Hear the People Sing? - Les Misérables
- You Don’t Know Me - Ray Charles
- You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker