President Obama’s Got His Own Baller ‘Summer Sixteen’ Playlist

DJ Obama in the house!

Even the President knows how to jam out! President Obama put together his own Summer Sixteen playlist, and though at first you may assume that he would be placing classical music on the musical menu, he in fact, only puts the coolest, millennial tracks on there!

This 55-year old is not leaving office without a proper outro, and what better way than to have the hippest singles soundtracking your departure? This will be the end of Obama’s second-round in office, and he served well. Now, he’s stepping out with the sounds of rappers like Chance the Rapper, Common, Wale, Mary J. Blige, Method Man, and Nas. But he’s also chilling out to the indie/R&B sessions of Leon Bridges, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Sara Bareilles, Esperanza Spalding, Gary Clark Jr., and Corinne Bailey Rae. Then of course, he’s got to be a bit old-school, but damn, he’s got to be the coolest dad ever! His music consists of some legends like Prince, Aretha Franklin, Beach Boys, Fiona Apple, Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, and Janet Jackson! The Chicago Tribune reported that there were two playlists as soon as Spotify notified the world that the President had created them.

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Like any leader of the world, he’s got his day planned out and organized, making two separate playlists for his pumped-up, optimistic mornings and for his cooled-down, chilled-out nights.

The White House has described the playlists as “an eclectic mix of hand-selected tracks on two lists that take listeners from day to night.” Sounds like a look-book outfit that you can transform with the addition of a scarf or something. Check out the Commander-In-Chief’s lists below!

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Check out Prez. Obama’s own tweet about his baller playlists!

And just in case if you needed to see the impressive list yet again, here they are broken down more simply for you!


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 Monae

7. “Classic Man” — Jidenna

8. “So Ambitious” — Jay Z, featuring Pharrell Williams

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 Mingus


1. “If I Have My Way” — Chrisette Michelle

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. “Cucurrucucu 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” — Floetry


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