You Need To Rock Out To The President's Summer Playlist

by Myla Cruz

At Z Living, we're always on the hunt for a new playlist that suits our active lifestyles, and our latest favorite comes straight from the top. Last Thursday morning, while on vacation with Michelle and the kids at Martha’s Vineyard, President Barack Obama shared his newest favorite summer jams (he created one last summer, too).

He said, via Twitter:

For warm summer days and starlit summer nights, POTUS breaks down his 2016 playlist into two categories: ‘Daytime’ features upbeat tracks for backyard barbecues and jumping in swimming pools; ‘Nighttime’ features romantic jams perfect for late-night campfires and back-patio cocktails.

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The list includes a bevy of iconic artists including Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday and The Beach Boys. Keeping things appropriately eclectic, Obama also adds contemporary game-changers like Chance the Rapper, Jidenna, Aloe Blacc and Sara Bareilles. The latest in his own tradition of shared musical appreciation, this new playlist from the Prez may be his best yet.

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In 2008 during his inaugural campaign, Obama released his top iPod picks starting a new, truly cheerful POTUS tradition. You can find his other collections, along with playlists from First Lady Michelle and the Bidens on the White House Spotify page.

Here's the full tracklist of the President’s 2016 Summer Playlist:

1.    LoveHate Thing — Wale
2.    Smooth Sailin' — Leon Bridges
3.    Elevator Operator — Courtney Barnett
4.    Home — Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
5.    Many the Miles — Sara Bareilles
6.    Tightrope — Janelle Monáe
7.    Classic Man — Jidenna
8.    So Ambitious — Jay Z feat. Pharrell
9.    Me Gustas Tu — Manu Chao
10. Forever Begins — Common
11. The Man — Aloe Blacc
12. As We Enter — Nas & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley
13. Sinnerman — Nina Simone
14. U Got the Look — Prince
15. Rock Steady — Aretha Franklin
16. Good Vibrations — Beach Boys
17. Don't Owe You A Thang — Gary Clark Jr.
18. Man Like That — Gin Wigmore
19. II B.S. (edit) — Charles Mingu


1.    If I Have My Way — Chrisette Michele
2.    Espera — Esperanza Spalding
3.    Tell It Like It Is — Aaron Neville
4.    Alright — Ledisi
5.    Trapped By A Thing Called Love — Denise LaSalle
6.    Lady — D'Angelo
7.    So Very Hard to Go — Tower of Power
8.    Midnight Sun — Carmen McCrae
9.    Cucurrucucú ​Paloma — Caetano Veloso
10. Green Aphrodisiac — Corinne Bailey Rae
11. I'll Be There for You / You're All I Need — Mary J. Blige / Method Man
12. Lover Man — Billie Holiday
13. Criminal — Fiona Apple
14. Acid Rain — Chance the Rapper
15. My Funny Valentine — Miles Davis
16. Do You Feel Me — Anthony Hamilton
17. I Get Lonely — Janet Jackson
18. Lean In — Lizz Wright
19. All Day Music — War
20. Say Yes — Floetr

WATCH: Z Living's The Posh Pescatarianwhere series host and seafood enthusiast Stephanie Harris-Uyidi travels to exotic locations to take on new adventures and creates fabulous pescatarian meals using local seafood and ingredients. See a sneak preview here

Tell us in the comments: What are your favorite tunes this summer?

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