In keeping with his annual traditional, Obama has released his playlist from the summer of 2019 and no surprise, it’s full of jams.
Obama shared his picks on social media over the weekend: “With summer winding down, here’s a sampling of what Michelle and I have been listening to—some new, some old, some fast, some slow,” wrote the former President on Twitter. “Hope you enjoy.”
With summer winding down, here’s a sampling of what Michelle and I have been listening to — some new, some old, some fast, some slow. Hope you enjoy. pic.twitter.com/BS5ri1lvxz
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 24, 2019
As usual, Obama’s picks are not only his, but wife Michelle’s favourite songs as well. The couple that listens to music together, stays together.
The former FLOTUS has continued her non-stop pace since leaving the White House with a schedule that included releasing her best-selling autobiography Becoming, touring the U.S. and Canada, and taking time to be the realest, whether it’s playing dodgeball with James Corden or giving amazing advice to Meghan Markle. So if anyone should be curating a playlist to help the rest of the world get up and move in the morning, it’s Michelle Obama and that’s exactly what the couple’s Summer Jams ’19, as we’ve affectionately titled the list, will do.
With a little something for everyone, the playlist includes some great throwback tunes, including The Spinners “I’ll Be Around,” Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing,” Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” and The Rolling Stones’ “Happy.” Going back even further, the couple threw in a few jazzy classics this summer with songs from Charles Mingus, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.
The former POTUS and FLOTUS importantly gave some love to their friends up north, with Canadians Drake (“Too Good”), Daniel Caesar (“Best Part”) and Shawn Mendes (“Señorita”) all making the cut. Barack’s BFF Prime Minister Trudeau will be excited.
The Obamas’ list also includes a handful of singer-songwriters like Maggie Rogers and her track “Burning,” Esperanza Spalding’s “Espera” and Sharon Van Etten’s “Seventeen.” But the genre with the largest representation is hip hop, with songs from Anderson. Paak, Q-Tip, A Tribe Called Quest, the late Mac Miller, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who made an impressive double appearance on the playlist, John Legend and Lizzo all included on the list. It’s been a big week politically for Lizzo, starting with an amazing shout-out from Hillary Clinton and now getting the Obamas’ seal of approval.
I TWEETED THIS AT 10:26AM AND ONE HOUR LATER PRESIDENT @BarackObama TWEETED ABOUT ME!!!
WE’RE FRIENDS NOW I DONT MAKE THE RULES!!! pic.twitter.com/9KLGkjBp6J
— |L I Z Z O| (@lizzo) August 24, 2019
Notably absent: Kanye West.