Obama shuns Apple Music to share vacation playlists


Maybe the coolest, most tech savvy president ever.
Maybe the coolest, most tech savvy president ever.
Photo: The White House

“Welcome to Spotify, Mr. President,” tweeted the streaming music giant Friday morning. That’s right: The president of the United States just shared two vacation playlists — and he didn’t use Apple Music.

The two music lists, titled “The President’s Summer Playlist: Day” and “The President’s Summer Playlist: Night,” contain 20 songs each, showing an eclectic taste with a diverse artist representation, including the Isley Brothers, Bob Dylan, Otis Redding and (ugh) Coldplay.

You can listen to the playlists for free on Spotify, with both Night and Day playlists available for free streaming via the service.

The response to the Obama playlists on Twitter is snarky and hilarious, with Twitteratti like Anil Dash complaining about a lack of Prince tunes on the POTUSPL, while Dan Ozzi asks, “Why the Fuck Isn’t ‘Classic Man’ on the President’s Playlist?”

These aren’t your standard, run-of-the-mill pop tunes, either. Check out “Boozophilia” by Low Cut Connie or “Is Your Love Big Enough?” by Lianne De Havas for a tasty glimpse of Obama’s musical loves.

There are quite a few timeless classics included as well, many of which seem to have a hidden meaning for the president’s many detractors. Tell me that “You Don’t Know Me” by Ray Charles and Bob Marley’s “So Much Trouble in the World” aren’t communicating Obama’s inner thoughts.

No matter what your own musical tastes lean to, you must admit that listening to playlists created and shared by the most powerful man in the world is pretty damn cool.


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