This morning, President Obama dropped his summer playlists on the world via a @POTUS tweet, and our BBQs will officially never be the same.
Obama’s “day” playlist is full of sunny classics, including one of the greatest summer songs of all time, Sly & the Family Stone’s “Hot Fun in the Summertime”, and the Temptations’ “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” (a good election theme song, I might add). We have the awesomely epic and foreboding “Gimme Shelter” by the Rolling Stones, as well as relatively deep cuts from Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder. For a modern touch, Obama puts in John Legend’s criminally under-appreciated “Green Light” featuring Andre 3000, and Florence + the Machine’s “Shake it Out” (here’s wondering if Obama would have pandered enough to include Taylor Swift’s song with almost the same name if it hadn’t been scrubbed from Spotify). My favorite surprise selection though is Justin Timberlake’s eight-minute jam from The 20/20 Experience, “Pusher Love Girl”.
The “night” mix is just as impressive — these tracks, with their laid-back tempo and feel, perfectly set the mood for relaxing in the backyard as the sun sets. He opens it with John Coltrane’s jazzy take on “My Favorite Things”, eases us in with Queen Beyoncé featuring Frank Ocean on “Superpower”, and then drops the nighttime wedding classic, “Moondance” by Van Morrison. It’s just a murderer’s row from there — Al Green, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Lauryn Hill, Joni Mitchell, Otis Redding, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis… it goes on and on. My favorite surprise selection: the chill hip-hop of “UMI Says” by Mos Def.
One thing is for certain — these playlists are LOADS better than Hillary Clinton’s official 2016 campaign playlist, which is mostly hot garbage. Did we really need two American Authors songs?
Now, if only we can get Barack to change his mind and force Kanye to release his forthcoming album, which he originally promised for this summer. Then he would even further solidify his already firm standing as king of summer music.