Barack Obama, the former U.S. President, recently unveiled his top music choices for the Summer of 2023. His new favorites list boasts tracks like “Snooze” by SZA, Boygenius’s “Not Strong Enough”, and “Only Have Eyes 42” by Janelle Monáe. Other artists highlighted include Bob Dylan, Ice Spice, Nicki Minaj, Aretha Franklin, Jorja Smith, Kelela, and Leonard Cohen among others. In his annual tradition, Obama tweeted, “Like every year, here’s a collection of songs I’ve enjoyed this summer, a blend of old and new. Excited to discover what I might have overlooked.” The complete playlist is provided below.
Sharing his preferred books, movies, and songs bi-annually has become a customary practice for Obama. His 2022 chart-toppers featured artists like Rosalía, Maggie Rogers, Kendrick Lamar, and Bad Bunny. His previous year’s list included songs from Mdou Moctar, Mitski, the War on Drugs, and more.
When asked by interviewer Hasan Minhaj in June whether he personally selects songs for his playlists, Obama responded light-heartedly, stating, “People often assume, ‘He must’ve gotten a 20-year-old intern to compile this latest list,’ but no, it’s all here on my iPad!”
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Barack Obama’s Summer 2023 Playlist:
J Hus and Drake: “Who Told You”
Pretenders: “I’ll Stand By You”
Rosalía & Rauw Alejandro: “Vampiros”
Luke Combs: “Fast Car”
Tupac, Roger, & Dr. Dre: “California Love”
Leonard Cohen: “Dance Me to the End of Love (Live)”
Martha Reeves & the Vandellas: “Nowhere to Run”
Jorja Smith: “Try Me”
Burna Boy, 21 Savage: “Sittin’ on Top of the World”
Janet Jackson: “Got ’Til It’s Gone”
La Doña: “Penas con Pan”
The Bangles: “Walk Like an Egyptian”
The Beths: “Watching the Credits”
The War and Treaty: “That’s How Love Is Made”
The Rolling Stones: “Soul Survivor”
Aretha Franklin: “Dr. Feelgood (Love Is a Serious Business)”
John Coltrane: “Blue Train”
Ice Spice, Nicki Minaj: “Princess Diana”
Toots and the Maytals: “Funky Kingston”
The Righteous Brothers: “Unchained Melody”
Golden Lady: “Stevie Wonder”
Jackson Browne: “Doctor My Eyes”
Ayra Starr: “Sability”
Boygenius: “Not Strong Enough”
Otis Redding: “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay”
Bob Dylan: “Everything Is Broken”
Ella Fitzgerald: “Cry Me a River”
Yng Lvcas & Peso Pluma: “LA Bebe (Remix”
Money Man & Babyface Ray: “Drums”
Nas: “The World Is Yours”
Four Tops: “Reach Out I’ll Be There”
Pearl Jam: “Just Breathe”
Marvin Gaye: “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)”
Ike & Tina Turner: “River Deep/Moutain High”
Janelle Monáe: “Only Have Eyes 42”
Ashley McBride: “The Devil I Know”
Michael Kiwanuka: “Love & Hate”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Barack Obama’s Summer 2023 Playlist
What is Barack Obama’s Summer 2023 Playlist?
Barack Obama’s Summer 2023 Playlist is a list of his favorite songs for the summer of 2023. It includes tracks from artists like SZA, Boygenius, Janelle Monáe, Bob Dylan, Ice Spice, Nicki Minaj, Aretha Franklin, Jorja Smith, Kelela, and Leonard Cohen among others.
Does Barack Obama personally select the songs for his playlist?
Yes, according to an interview with Hasan Minhaj, Barack Obama confirmed that he personally selects the songs for his playlist, stating that it’s all on his iPad.
How often does Barack Obama share his favorite songs, books, and movies?
Barack Obama has made it a habit to share his favorite songs, books, and movies twice a year.
What were some of the top songs in Barack Obama’s 2022 playlist?
Barack Obama’s 2022 playlist included songs from artists like Rosalía, Maggie Rogers, Kendrick Lamar, and Bad Bunny.
Who are some artists featured in Obama’s Summer 2023 playlist?
The Summer 2023 playlist includes a variety of artists including SZA, Boygenius, Janelle Monáe, Bob Dylan, Ice Spice, Nicki Minaj, Aretha Franklin, Jorja Smith, Kelela, and Leonard Cohen, among others.