Obama's Summer Playlists Are Super Fun

If you've ever wondered what hanging out with President Obama might be like, you're in luck. Finding out what kind of music a person likes is vital to understanding who they are as a human being, and now there are Spotify playlists of Obama's favorite songs for summer to give you a deeper look into the president's psyche. With two 20-song "vacation" playlists — one for day and one for night — you can settle in for more than three hours of both spirited and soulful tunes.

The playlists combined bring in various genres of music, both old and new. While Obama has classics like Otis Redding and The Temptations, he also includes more modern music from artists like The Lumineers and (obviously) Beyoncé. It's so fun to get a look into what POTUS listens to in his own time, and I can now easily, easily imagine what spending a day with him would look like thanks to these two song lists.

These playlists are absolutely already given a permanent spot on my list of Spotify music to return to. Whether you want to have a fun summer day on the river with the The President's Summer Playlist: Day or cool things down with The President's Summer Playlist: Night, you know the president's got you covered. Thanks, Obama. Seriously.


The daytime playlist is a hip and upbeat collection of rap, R&B, funk, hip hop, and classic and modern rock. With songs like "Good Day" by Nappy Roots, "Tombstone Blues" by Bob Dylan, "Green Light" by John Legend & Andre 3000, and "Live It Up" by The Isley Brothers, this playlist is meant to get you moving.


The nighttime playlist, on the other hand, slows it down a bit with some jazz and soul. "My Favorite Things" by John Coltrane, "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" by Al Green, "You Don't Know Me" by Ray Charles, and "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone all make the list, which honestly makes me want to pour a glass of red wine and light some candles.

So, enjoy the playlists. Next, I'm hoping for Michelle Obama to release hers.