The one and only Barack Obama is back in the news. This time around, the former president returns to share another glimpse into what he has been listening to. Today he is back with a new playlist in honor of his new book A Promised Land. Obama recently revealed a Facebook post showing a screenshot of the playlist and spoke about the importance of music in his life. The former president stated: “Music has always played an important role throughout my life—and that was especially true during my presidency.”
The twenty track playlist includes a bevy of unique music that spaces music of various genres and eras. Along the way were get gems such as Eminem‘s “Lose Yourself” to B.B. King‘s “The Thrill Is Gone” to Fleetwood Mac‘s “Rhiannon.”
Obama also spoke about some of his encounters with the artists on the playlist. He said: “While reviewing my notes ahead of debates, I’d listen to Jay-Z’s ‘My 1st Song’ or Frank Sinatra’s ‘Luck Be a Lady.’ Throughout our time in the White House, Michelle and I invited artists like Stevie Wonder and Gloria Estefan to conduct afternoon workshops with young people before performing an evening show in the East Room.” He went on to add, “And there were all sorts of performances I’ll always remember—like Beyoncé performing ‘At Last’ for our first dance at our inauguration, Paul McCartney serenading Michelle in the East Room with ‘Michelle’ and Bob Dylan flashing me a grin before vanishing after his performance of ‘Times They Are a-Changin.’ So in honor of my book coming out tomorrow, I thought I’d put together a playlist with some of those songs. Hope you enjoy it.”
Check out the special playlist in the Spotify stream below and keep it locked with The Culture Curators for all the best in new music coming soon.