President Obama Releases His 28 Song Campaign Playlist On Spotify

by (@kat_george)

Hot on the campaign trail pending this year’s election, President Obama is yet again proving why he’s a cut above the rest by releasing a Spotify playlist to soundtrack his campaign. No matter what you think of the Obama presidency, you can’t accuse the man and his minions of being inept when it comes to new technologies and social media. Indeed, the Spotify playlist, which itself is the primary “of the moment” device for music sharing, was promoted using Obama’s Facebook page and Twitter feed, giving the incumbent somewhat of a modern edge against would-be Presidential candidates. Not to mention making him unspeakably cool, which counts for almost everything to the social media generation.

The list has some notable inclusions as well — especially Al Green‘s “Let’s Stay Together”, which the President recently worked out his vocal cords to. Bruce Springsteen seems like a must for any “all American” campaign, and The Boss’s new track “We Take Care Of Our Own” is right at home in a play list that covers the USA’s musical heart from the middle to the coasts — from soul to country to indie-pop. Showing that he’s “down with the kids” Obama’s playlist includes Arcade Fire and Wilco and even some of our favorite DIVAS: Ledisi, Florence + The Machine, Sugarland and Jennifer Hudson. The only minor criticisms we have of the list is that there’s no representation for Watch The Throne — it seems that Jay-Z and Kayne West‘s Frank Ocean chorused “Made In America” would have been the perfect track to accompany Obama’s campaign. Also, where’s Beyoncé?

You can see the full track listing after the jump.

1. Raphael Saadiq – “Keep Marchin’”
2. Noah And The Whale – “Tonight’s The Kind Of Night”
3. Bruce Springsteen – “We Take Care Of Our Own
4. Zac Brown Band – “Keep Me In Mind”
5. Aretha Franklin – “The Weight”
6. U2 – “Even Better Than The Real Thing”
7. Dierks Bentley – “Home”
8. No Doubt – “Different People”
9. Earth Wind & Fire Experience feat. Al McKay Allstars – “Got To Get You Into My Life – (Live)”
10. Booker T. & The MG’s – “Green Onions – Single/LP Version”
11. Wilco – “I Got You”
12. The Impressions – “Keep On Pushing – Single Version”
13. Performed by Jennifer Hudson;Dreamgirls (Motion Picture Soundtrack) – “Love You I Do”
14. AgesandAges – “No Nostalgia”
15. Ledisi – “Raise Up”
16. Sugarland – “Stand Up”
17. Darius Rucker – “This”
18. Arcade Fire – “We Used to Wait”
19. Florence + The Machine – “You’ve Got The Love”
20. James Taylor – “Your Smiling Face”
21. REO Speedwagon – “Roll With The Changes”
22. Sugarland – “Everyday America”
23. Darius Rucker – “Learn To Live”
24. Al Green – “Let’s Stay Together”
25. Electric Light Orchestra – “Mr. Blue Sky”
26. Montgomery Gentry – “My Town”
27. Ricky Martin – “The Best Thing About Me Is You Feat. Joss Stone”
28. Ray LaMontagne – “You Are The Best Thing”

2012 Campaign Playlist by barackobama [Spotify]
POTUS Playlist: Barack Obama Drops a Sweet Spotify Mix [Spin]