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Obama's Spotify Playlist: Raphael Saadiq, Sugarland

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President Obama tweeted his 2012 campaign Spotify playlist and it shows musical tastes as diverse as his family background, according to

Obama, who broke into a rendition of Al Green's song "Let's Stay Together" at the Apollo Theater last month (the video of which went viral and boosted sales for the legendary soul singer), released the 28-song playlist yesterday. It's a compilation of his and his campaign staff's favorites.


Below are the songs on the playlist:

1. Raphael Saadiq, "Keep Marchin'"

2. Noah and the Whale, "Tonight's the Kind of Night"

3. Bruce Springsteen, "We Take Care of Our Own"

4. Zac Brown Band, "Keep Me in Mind"

5. Aretha Franklin, "The Weight" 

6. U2, "Even Better Than the Real Thing"

7. Ricky Martin, "The Best Thing About Me Is You," featuring Joss Stone

8. Dierks Bentley, "Home"

9. Ray LaMontagne, "You Are the Best Thing"

10. Earth Wind & Fire Experience featuring Al McKay Allstars, "Got to Get You Into My Life" (Live)


11. Booker T. & the M.G.'s, "Green Onions"

12. Wilco, "I Got You"

13. The Impressions, "Keep On Pushing"

14. Jennifer Hudson, "Love You I Do"

15. Ages and Ages, "No Nostalgia" 

16. Sugarland, "Stand Up"

17. Al Green, "Let's Stay Together"

18. Darius Rucker, "This"

19. Arcade Fire, "We Used to Wait"

20. Florence + the Machine, "You've Got the Love"

21. James Taylor, "Your Smiling Face"

22. REO Speedwagon, "Roll With the Changes"

23. Sugarland. "Everyday America"

24. Darius Rucker, "Learn to Live"

25. Electric Light Orchestra, "Mr. Blue Sky"

26. Montgomery Gentry, "My Town"

27. No Doubt, "Different People"

28. Ledisi, "Raise Up"

One of the main omissions from the playlist is hip-hop. While he has many songs by black artists that range from neo-soul to funk and R&B, the lack of songs from a genre Obama has said on numerous occasions he's a fan of isn't that surprising. After last year's controversy over Common performing at a White House poetry slam, the president is probably trying to stay away from any unnecessary drama in a year where his seat in the White House is up for grabs.



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