Listen To President Obama’s Summer ’19 Playlist
From SZA to Stevie Wonder, here are 44 songs Barack and Michelle jammed to this summer (proving they’re still the coolest first couple ever)
As summer comes to an end, President Obama decided to bless everyone on Twitter with his and Michelle Obama’s summer 2019 playlist, giving just another 44 more reasons why we miss the former first couple of the United States.
“With summer winding down, here’s a sampling of what Michelle and I have been listening to — some new, some old, some fast, some slow,” the former president tweeted. “Hope you enjoy.”
If anything, the eclectic 44-track playlist only confirms the impressive range of the president’s music knowledge. Being the tastemaker that he is, his playlists are always a perfect curation of the latest hits and timeless tunes. Lil Nas X’s remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus of “Old Town Road,”—which recently broke records in Billboard Hot 100 history as the longest single at no. 1 for an unprecedented 17 consecutive weeks—fits right at home. Other of the summer’s chart toppers include “Juice” by Lizzo, “Burning” by Maggie Rogers, Beyoncé, JAY-Z, and Childish Gambino’s “MOOD 4 EVA” from The Lion King: The Gift, and “Señorita,” the current no. 1 song on Spotify by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. The playlist also features hits from previous years, from songs as recent as “Dang!” by Anderson Paak and the late Mac Miller, and SZA’s “Go Gina,” all the way back to Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl,” and Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing.”
As for my favorites on the playlist, in addition to Drake and Rihanna’s 2016 hit, “Too Good,” and Lauryn Hill’s “Doo-Wop (That Thing),” I particularly appreciated the inclusion of “Seventeen” by Sharon Van Etten, and of course, “Can I Kick It?” by A Tribe Called Quest. Obama knows what’s up.
With summer winding down, here’s a sampling of what Michelle and I have been listening to — some new, some old, some fast, some slow. Hope you enjoy. pic.twitter.com/BS5ri1lvxz— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 24, 2019
Several of the artists that made the prestigious list naturally couldn’t contain their excitement, ad to social media to thank Obama and celebrate what is surely a milestone in their careers.
GoldLink, 2 Chainz, Lil Nas X, Sharon Van Etten, Anderson Paak, Koffee, Toots & The Maytals, Robin Thicke, and Rema also gave shoutouts to President Obama on social media.
Kick back and feel like an Obama summering in Martha’s Vineyard with the playlist below.