Barack & Michelle Obama's Christmas Spotify Playlist Is A Festive Blend Of Old & New
Your Christmas present just came a couple days early — Barack and Michelle Obama's Christmas playlist was released on Spotify Wednesday afternoon. The White House made the announcement via Twitter, and it turns out that the Obamas have awesome taste in Christmas music, just like pretty much everything else. Their holiday soundtrack is the perfect blend of old school classics and modern Christmas hits, plus it has sentimental meaning to their family.
Of course, the Obamas couldn't resist adding a song from their favorite pop sensation and close family friend, Beyoncé. "8 Days Of Christmas" by Destiny's Child, the early 2000s trio that gave Beyonce her start back in the day, is included on the playlist. The celeb famously performed at Obama's 2012 inauguration and appeared onstage with Michelle earlier this year at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City, so naturally, she got a shoutout on the official Christmas album.
Another song included on the playlist is Mariah Carey's Christmas classic "All I Want For Christmas Is You," which Carey performed for the Obamas at the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in 2013. Carey also sang at the Neighborhood Inauguration Ball earlier that year following Obama's second swearing-in, so clearly, POTUS is a fan of Mariah's music. No wonder her biggest hit was included on their Spotify playlist.
Michelle Obama was almost certainly the one who insisted that Ledisi's cover of "Silent Night" be included — FLOTUS is an outspoken fan of the Grammy-nominated R&B singer. The First Lady has attended several of Ledisi's concerts and had the singer perform at the White House on multiple occasions, so it's not really a surprise that Ledisi's version of the classic Christmas song got a nod from Michelle.
The addition of The Jackson 5's "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" to the Obama's playlist has some ironic significance to it — earlier this year, the Youtube channel Baracksdubs made a video of the president "singing" the King of Pop's iconic song "Thriller" that went completely viral. The song could be just a throwback to a classic, but it would be even funnier if the addition was an homage to the hilarious video.
Although the Obamas favored a non-traditional, soulful sound for their playlist, they made sure to include some good old fashioned classics like the Vince Guaraldi Trio's "O Tannenbaum." The name might not sound familiar, but if you've ever watched A Charlie Brown Christmas you'll recognize the song instantly. Frank Sinatra's "The First Noel" and Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby" are two other great additions to appease the traditionalists.
The Obamas love to share their music on Spotify, and their perfectly curated Christmas playlist is yet another musical gem. Throw on their soundtrack Christmas Day to pretend you're in the White House celebrating with the First Family.