🇺🇸President Obama’s 2016 Summer Playlist️🎵


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President Obama’s 2016 Summer Playlist

e675ce7a59019d38159539eb08934af7Yesterday, President Obama shared his playlist of songs for the summer — two sets of grillsmile1hand-picked tracks including songs from an eclectic mix of hand-selected tracks on two lists that take listeners from day to night. The vacation playlists feature legendary songs from Prince and Aretha Franklin, some more recent tracks from hip hop artists like Common and Chance the Rapper and the musical styles of Manu Chao and Caetano Veloso. And today, the President is sharing his official summer reading list — a mix of fiction and nonfiction, including a science fiction epic and a Pulitzer Prize-winning surf memoir.

So check out what President Obama is listening to this summer. Browse the full playlists below and listen to many of the tracks on our Spotify here: Daytime and Nighttime

Check out the President’s summer picks: Day


  1. LoveHate Thing – Wale
  2. Smooth Sailin’ – Leon Bridges
  3. Elevator Operator – Courtney Barnett
  4. Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

See the rest of the playlist →listening-to-boombox-smiley-emoticon

Listen on Spotify →

President Obama’s 2016 Summer Playlist: Night


  1. If I Have My Way – Chrisette Michele
  2. Espera – Esperanza Spalding
  3. Tell It Like It Is – Aaron Neville
  4. Alright – Ledisi

Elvis-smileSee the rest of the playlist → Elvis

Listen on Spotify → 

President Obama’s 2016 Summer Reading List



  1. “Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life” by William Finnegan
  2. “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead
  3. “H Is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald
  4. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
  5. “Seveneves” by Neal Stephenson

See the President’s 2015 list →

Since we launched in 2015, the White House has also used Spotify to share the First Lady’s girl-power picks for National Day of the Girl and holiday playlists curated by the Obamas and the Bidens.

Don’t miss a beat: Be sure to follow us on Spotify for the latest playlists from the White House. 



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