Obama Releases Very Thematic Spotify Playlist

Posted February 9

Furthering his rep as a tech-savvy president (although his Google+ hangout was the source of much mockery), Barack Obama’s campaign has just put out its very own Spotify playlist. And, as expected, it’s full of jams about America, change and, er, staying together.

Music can tell you a lot about a person and their current state of mind, and — judging by Obama’s Spotify playlist, which includes “some song contributions” from the Prez — Obama is all about his relationship with the American people. And keeping that relationship intact.

Just take a look at the track listing below: “Love You I Do,” “You’ve Got The Love,” “You Are The Best Thing,” “The Best Thing About Me Is You” etc. If the president were a dude presenting some chick with a mixtape, it would be pretty easy to suss out his intentions: To profess his undying love. Or, you know, to bone.

Still, in addition to this mix of straight-up love jams, there are also a handful of tunes that have a bit more of an urgent edge: the Zac Brown Band’s “Keep Me In Mind” (“If ever you wanted me I’ll be your man/I’d be a fool to let you go with someone else”) and Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” (“Why, why some people break up/Then turn around and make up/I just can’t see/You’d never do that to me”).

Nope, this isn’t a playlist of Obama’s favorite tunes, it’s a carefully orchestrated campaign message — transmitted in the language of song. And that message is: I’m ready for another round.

Take a look at the full list below and let us know in the comments: What tunes do you think other presidential hopefuls would include in their playlists?

No Doubt ­ Different People
Earth Wind & Fire Experience feat. Al McKay Allstars ­ Got To Get You Into My Life – (Live)
Booker T. & The MG’s ­ Green Onions – Single/LP Version
Wilco ­ I Got You
The Impressions ­ Keep On Pushing – Single Version
Performed by Jennifer Hudson;Dreamgirls (Motion Picture Soundtrack) ­ Love You I Do
AgesandAges ­ No Nostalgia
Ledisi ­ Raise Up
Sugarland ­ Stand Up
Darius Rucker ­ This
Arcade Fire ­ We Used to Wait
Florence + The Machine ­ You’ve Got The Love
James Taylor ­ Your Smiling Face
REO Speedwagon ­ Roll With The Changes
Raphael Saadiq ­ Keep Marchin’
Noah And The Whale ­ Tonight’s The Kind Of Night
Zac Brown Band ­ Keep Me In Mind
Aretha Franklin ­ The Weight
U2 ­ Even Better Than The Real Thing
Dierks Bentley ­ Home
Sugarland ­ Everyday America
Darius Rucker ­ Learn To Live
Al Green ­ Let’s Stay Together
Electric Light Orchestra ­ Mr. Blue Sky
Montgomery Gentry ­ My Town
Ricky Martin ­ The Best Thing About Me Is You Feat. Joss Stone
Ray LaMontagne ­ You Are The Best Thing
Bruce Springsteen ­ We Take Care Of Our Own

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