President Barack Obama stumps for Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton on the eve of the election at the Ray L. Fisher Stadium in Ann Arbor Monday Nov. 7, 2016. (Photo: Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press)
Barack Obama gave the internet a glimpse into his post-White House life Saturday when he took to Twitter to list his top summer jams. The 44th president of the United States shared a 44-song summer playlist packed with new and old hits.
In a tweet, he said the songs are a sampling of what he and wife Michelle Obama have been listening to as the summer winds down.
The power couple gets down to oldies like “I’ve got you under my skin,” by Frank Sinatra and “Brown eyed girl” by Van Morrison, while also keeping up with their Gen Z daughters, with nods to “Señorita” by Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes, “Old Town Road,” by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, and “Juice” by Lizzo. The pop-filled playlist also features Drake and Rihanna, Ella Fitzgerald and The Black Keys.
Obama also included several hopeful anthems, including “Hold On (Change is Coming)” by Sounds of Blackness, and “I’ll Be Around” by The Spinners.
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
His tweet drew responses from supporters who praised his mainstream musical tastes. Several recording artists highlighted by the the former president also weighed in.
“WE’RE FRIENDS NOW I DONT MAKE THE RULES!!!” Lizzo tweeted to Obama.
GoldLink, an underground rapper from Washington, D.C., tweeted, “Thank You, Mr. President.”
Lizzo seems to be popular among several 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls — Kirsten Gillibrand has used “Good As Hell” as her walkout song at some rallies, and shared a video of her dancing to the song on her campaign bus. The popular song also makes an appearance on Cory Booker’s campaign rally playlist, according to a musical analysis from The New York Times.
I TWEETED THIS AT 10:26AM AND ONE HOUR LATER PRESIDENT @BarackObama TWEETED ABOUT ME!!!
WE’RE FRIENDS NOW I DONT MAKE THE RULES!!! pic.twitter.com/9KLGkjBp6J
Obama’s playlist features other artists that can also be heard at various campaign rallies — he appears to share a fondness for Stevie Wonder with California Sen. Kamala Harris, and a love for The Rolling Stones with Beto O’Rourke of Texas and President Donald Trump.
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