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Barack Obama Hand Picks Summer #POTUSPlaylist on Spotify

by Alyssa Ladzinski   Aug 14, 2015 20:20 PM EDT

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If you've ever given a thought to President Barack Obama's summer playlist, you're not alone and the curiousity can finally be put to rest. On Friday morning, the White House unveiled the summer #POTUSPlaylist on Spotify, complete with over 180 minutes of tunes and 40 tracks. One was crafted for the daytime and another chosen for specifically for nightfall, both hand-picked by Obama himself who's currently vacationing in Martha's Vineyard.

The White House launched an official channel on the streaming service, making the #POTUSPlaylist the first post ever. "Take a listen to the 20 picks for a summer night," the description for the playlist states. The two playlists feature a melting pot of genres from hip-hop and jazz to R&B and folk, spanning a collection of celebrated artists such as the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Beyonce, Al Green, Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder. "If I had one musical hero, it would have to be Stevie Wonder," the president once told Rolling Stone.

Both collections have their own Twitter Hashtag: #POTUSPlaylist, including the 1 hour and 32 minutes day mix as well as the other playlist dubbed, "The President's Summer Playlist: Night." "President Obama hand-picked his favorite songs for a summer playlist," the account explains. "Take a listen to his 20 picks for a summer night."

The 54-year-old commander in chief recently divulged to curious Twitter users that he also enjoys the musical talents of the Black Keys and OutKast. Obama wrote, "was listening to outkast/liberation and the black keys/lonely boy this morning." The Black Keys speedily responded with a tweet of their own, asking if he would allow them to show up to a gig in presidential style in Air Force 1. Obama replied that the band should "come play at the White House sometime instead."

Further showcasing his appreciation for music, POTUS penned a letter to the Grateful Dead in the midst of their 50th anniversary and "Fare Thee Well" shows, detailing the impact of the iconic American Folk band. The president has also explored musical flairs of his own when he sang "Amazing Grace" during an emotional eulogy for the late Rev. Clementa Pinckney.

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