Even though Barack Obama is no longer serving as President, his influence on summer music recommendations remains as strong as ever. Recently, the former POTUS delighted his followers by sharing his carefully curated annual summer playlist on July 20, 2023. True to tradition, the collection featured an eclectic mix of both timeless classics and contemporary hits.
In a tweet, Obama expressed his excitement, stating, "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."
The playlist boasts an array of artists and genres, capturing the essence of the season. Among the featured tracks are SZA’s soulful "Snooze," the dynamic collaboration between J Hus and Drake in "Who Told You," and the alluring melody of Rosalía and Rauw Alejandro’s "Vampiros." Additionally, the playlist includes Ice Spice and Nicki Minaj's captivating "Princess Diana" and Janelle Monáe's intriguing ode to threesomes, "Only Have Eyes 42."
Obama also showcases his appreciation for diverse musical styles, offering a taste of country with Luke Combs' chart-topping rendition of Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car." The former President also sprinkles in some indie rock vibes with tracks like Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, and Julien Baker's collaboration "Not Strong Enough."
As expected, the playlist would not be complete without paying homage to the greats. Obama includes classics from iconic artists such as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Otis Redding, and Ella Fitzgerald, solidifying the playlist's timelessness.
Obama's talent for curating seasonal song selections has been evident for several years now. He treats his followers to at least two playlists annually—one during the summer and another at the end of each year. In 2022, he honored artists like Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, Rema, Lizzo, Ari Lennox, and Omar Apollo, giving them his stamp of approval.
Last summer, Obama had fans grooving to the sounds of Harry Styles, Lil Yachty, Maggie Rogers, Burna Boy, Wet Leg, Jack White, Maren Morris, and more.
Although he may have stepped down from the highest office in the nation, Barack Obama's influence in shaping our musical experiences, particularly during the summer season, continues to be cherished by many. His diverse and compelling playlists serve as a reminder of his passion for music and his ability to connect with people through the power of sound.
See Obama’s full 2023 summer playlist below: