Keeping Up with the Obamas: Summer Playlist 2019

By Annie Humphrey

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Barack Obama recently released a playlist of songs that he and his wife, Michelle, were listening to this summer. The former president and first lady have stirred up lots of excitement this week after giving social media a glimpse of their diverse music taste.


His new playlist was shared all over social media.

The 44 songs featured on this playlist, curated by the 44th president, come from all genres, eras and moods of music. The Obamas enjoy a wide range of artists, including Beyonce, Frank Sinatra, and 2 Chainz.


They listen to R&B music the most frequently compared to other genres. Some of the songs listed on the playlist are “Alright” by John Legend and “Go Gina” by SZA.


Chart-topping rap and pop songs are also prevalent quite . The Obamas are keeping up with current music trends by listening to “Señorita” by Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello and “Juice” by Lizzo. Even the summer hit “Old Town Road,” by Lil Nas X made the list.


Along with contemporary hits, many older rock, motown and jazz songs are included. Some tracks date all the way back to the 1950’s and are from artists like Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones and Ella Fitzgerald.


Most of these artists seem to have nothing in common, but their music works together to create a relaxed and cheerful listening experience. The playlist shows how varied the music of America is and how the Obamas can groove to all different music genres.


Even though the Obamas have been out of the White House for two years, Barack and Michelle have managed to remain relevant. This is partly by the amount of interest their playlist has drawn.


Obama’s Tweet has over 690,000 likes, and his Instagram post has over 2 million. One Spotify user made a playlist of the songs now exceeding 22,000 likes.


Many artists whose work was featured, including rapper Lizzo and alternative artist Maggie Rogers, were thrilled and showed their reactions on social media. Lizzo tweeted about the experience several times and Maggie Rogers shared a video of her screaming excitedly on Instagram.



A person’s music taste can say a lot about them. In this case, the playlist speaks for itself: the Obamas are a fun-loving family and represent the diversity of America well.

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