Hear President Obama’s Eclectic Summer 2016 Playlist
President Barack Obama has shared his 2016 summer playlist, which boasts a wide array of artists from Jay Z, D'Angelo and Nina Simone to the Beach Boys, Courtney Barnett and Caetano Veloso.
Like last year, Obama organized his tracks into two collections — songs for daytime and nighttime — and both are available to stream on Spotify.
The daytime playlist opens with Wale's "LoveHate Thing" and features several fresh choices like Barnett's "Elevator Operator," Jidenna's "Classic Man" and Leon Bridges' "Smooth Sailin'" mixed among classics like the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations," Aretha Franklin's "Rock Steady" and Prince's "U Got The Look."
Obama's nighttime playlist, meanwhile, is rooted in jazz and R&B and features cuts like Esperanza Spalding's "Espera," Miles Davis' "My Funny Valentine," Janet Jackson's "I Get Lonely" and D'Angelo's "Lady." Still, the nighttime playlist boasts some surprises, including the sequential run of Billie Holiday's "Lover Man" to Fiona Apple's "Criminal" to Chance the Rapper's "Acid Rain" (the last song, however, is unavailable on Spotify).
Obama has released several playlists throughout his presidency, though this is only his second summer playlist. Previously, the President shared what was on his iPod while running for office in 2008, then a campaign playlist while seeking reelection in 2012 and an inauguration playlist to kick off his second term. The Obama family and the family of Vice President Joe Biden also shared holiday playlists in 2015.