Barack Obama

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Former US President Barack Obama has just released his yearly summer playlist. 

As a long-standing friend of Queen B, Obama handed the top rank to Beyoncé, starting the list with the new song, “Break My Soul,” from her forthcoming album, titled Renaissance

He included artists with the likes of Harry Styles with “Music For a Sushi Restaurant,” Bad Bunny with “Ojitos Lindos” featuring Bomba Estéreo, Kendrick Lamar with “Die Hard,” and Wet Leg with “Angelica” in the list. 

Obama’s podcast (Renegades: Born in the USA) collaborator Bruce Springsteen also ranked this year with “Dancing in the Dark.” And as we have expected, the list came with a few golden oldies such as Aretha Franklin with “Save Me” and Al Green with “I Can’t Get Next to You.” 

“Every year, I get excited to share my summer playlist because I learn about so many new artists from your replies,” Obama said on Twitter. “It’s an example of how music really can bring us all together.” 

Before his summer playlist, Obama also shared his reading list for the summer, citing a few of his favorite books this year. Emily St. John Mandel’s Sea of Tranquility and Jennifer Egan’s The Candy House were included in the roster, as well as Charmaine Wilkerson’s Black Cake and Lan Samantha Chang’s The Family Chao. 

Below is Obama’s list of favorite songs and books this summer.

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Barack Obama Summer Playlist

“Break My Soul” by Beyonce

“Vibe Out” by Tems

“Music for a Sushi Restaurant” by Harry Styles

“Mighty Love” by The Spinners

“Feelin’ Alright” by Joe Cocker

“Energy” by Sampa the Great ft. Nadeem Din-Gabisi

“Saoko” by Rosalfa

“Split/Whole Time” by Lil Yachty

“Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince

“That’s Where I Am” Maggie Rogers

“I Can’t Get Next To You” by Al Green

“More Than You Know” by Dr. John

“Blue in Green” by Miles Davis

“Last Last” by Burna Boy

“Persuasive” by Doechii

“Cherries” by Hope Tala ft. Amine

“Save Me” by Aretha Franklin

“Nobody Knows Me” by Lyle Lovett

“Ojitos Lindos” by Bad Bunny & Bomba Estereo

“Pull Up” by Koffee

“Dancing in the Dark” by Bruce Springsteen

“Angelica” by Wet Leg

“When I B on tha Mic” by Rakim

“Too Good” by Drake ft. Rihanna

“Spanish Joint” by D’Angelo

“Do I Move You? (Version II)” by Nina Simone

“Take Five” by Dave Brubeck

“Finesse” by Pheelz & BNXN fka Buju

“Bliss” by Amber Mark

“Found” by Jacob Banks

“Apple Tree Blues” by CAAMP

“I’ve Been Loving You” by Otis Redding

“Guantanamera” by Wyclef Jean ft. Lauryn Hill

“I’m Shakin’” by Jack White

“I Just Want to Thank You” by Big John Hamilton

“Praise You” by Fatboy Slim

“Many Times” by Dijon

“Better” by The Foreign Exchange ft. Shana Tucker & Eric Roberson

“Tamagotchi” by Omar Apollo

“The Furthest Thing” by Maren Morris

“Under Control” by The Internet

“Die Hard” by Kendrick Lamar

“Magic” by Vine Staples & Mustard

“Keep Looking Up” by Kacey Musgraves

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