Love ’em or hate ’em politically, everyone can agree Obama has one amazing talent: an impeccable taste in music.
Pitchfork has created a timeline of all the musical milestones of Obama’s tenure as President. It’s amazing and a really interesting read. Also, the artwork throughout the article is very cool and I want to print all of it out and hang it above my bed. Or throw the prints all around the street like Regina George does with pages of the burn book in mean girls.
Read it now. Here. Do it. I’ll wait.
Mind. Blown. I mean, this guy is cool. And not just in a ‘I want to relate to the public to get votes’ kind of way. His personality and love for good music is really above and beyond. Can you actually imagine any other president having an actual MUSIC FESTIVAL on the White House lawn? I don’t say this often, but I literally can’t even.
And now you know. Obama loves Indie Rock and R&B, just like us!
Here are the track lists for his most recent Day & Night summer playlists.If you have Spotify, you can find all the playlists under the user ‘White House.’ Enjoy, readers. It’s never going to get better than this.
- LoveHate Thing – Wale
- Smooth Sailin’ – Leon Bridges
- Elevator Operator – Courtney Barnett
- Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
- Many the Miles – Sara Bareilles
- Tightrope – Janelle Monáe
- Classic Man – Jidenna
- So Ambitious – Jay Z feat. Pharrell
- Me Gustas Tu – Manu Chao
- Forever Begins – Common
- The Man – Aloe Blacc
- As We Enter – Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
- Sinnerman – Nina Simone
- U Got the Look – Prince
- Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin
- Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
- Don’t Owe You A Thang – Gary Clark Jr.
- Man Like That – Gin Wigmore
- II B.S. (edit) – Charles Mingus
- If I Have My Way – Chrisette Michele
- Espera – Esperanza Spalding
- Tell It Like It Is – Aaron Neville
- Alright – Ledisi
- Trapped By A Thing Called Love – Denise LaSalle
- Lady – D’Angelo
- So Very Hard to Go – Tower of Power
- Midnight Sun – Carmen McCrae
- Cucurrucucú Paloma – Caetano Veloso
- Green Aphrodisiac – Corinne Bailey Rae
- I’ll Be There for You / You’re All I Need – Mary J. Blige / Method Man
- Lover Man – Billie Holiday
- Criminal – Fiona Apple
- Acid Rain – Chance the Rapper
- My Funny Valentine – Miles Davis
- Do You Feel Me – Anthony Hamilton
- I Get Lonely – Janet Jackson
- Lean In – Lizz Wright
- All Day Music – War
- Say Yes – Floetry