Barack Obama's summer song list is an odd one

 July 24, 2023

Former President Barack Obama recently released his summer playlist, leading to speculation over his odd list of songs.

The former president continued the tradition on Twitter, offering a mix of old and new titles from his playlist.

The list

"The list includes classics like 'Soul Survivor' by The Rolling Stones, along with tracks from Marvin Gay, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder," Esquire reported.

"Then... things get interesting. Rap additions like Burna Boy’s 'Sittin On Top of The World' and 'Princess Dianna' by Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice make an appearance, alongside Boygenius's 'Not Strong Enough,'" it added.

In his words

"Like I do every year, here are some songs I’ve been listening to this summer — a mix of old and new. Look forward to hearing what I’ve missed," Obama wrote.

Other surprises on the list include "Just Breathe" by Pearl Jam and "Everything is Broken" by Bob Dylan.

Going international

Multiple international artists were also included, such as Michael Kiwanuka's "Love & Hate."

"Uganda’s rising music sensation Alien Skin (real names Michael Kiwanuka) has featured on Barack Obama’s summer playlist with his song Love & Hate Emboozi yenkoola closing the list. This is a win for Uganda," Sammie Manini wrote.

Also included in Obama's post was a list of summer reading books, with the former president noting that the list is important with "so many books being banned across the country."

Obama's reference to banned books follows his recent controversial statement about books being removed from school libraries that drew attacks from many parents who support the removal of sexually explicit material from schools.

The music playlist may be an odd one but it appears to also be part of a larger marketing plan by the former president to continue to post-presidential enterprises with his wife Michelle Obama that has involved a variety of media projects, ranging from books to podcasts to film.

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