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Barack Obama Shares 2023 Summer Playlist Ft. The Rolling Stones, Jorja Smith And More

The former US president’s absorbing new playlist also features Ice Spice, Nicki Minaj and Michael Kiwanuka.

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Former President Barack Obama has shared his playlist of his current favorite songs for Summer 2023. His latest picks include selections by The Rolling Stones (“Soul Survivor,”) Ice Spice and Nicki Minaj (“Princess Diana”) Aretha Franklin (“Dr.Feelgood (Love Is A Serious Buisness”) and Jorja Smith (“Try Me”) in addition to cuts from SZA, Boygenius, Pearl Jam, John Coltrane, Janelle Monae, Marvin Gaye and many more.

“Like I do every year, here are some songs I’ve been listening to this summer—a mix of old and new,” Obama tweeted along with his selections. “Look forward to hearing what I’ve missed.” You can see his 2023 Summer Playlist in full below.

Obama has made a twice-yearly habit of sharing lists of his favorite books, music, and movies. His top songs of 2022 included tracks by Rosalía, Maggie Rogers, Kendrick Lamar and Bad Bunny, with Mdou Moctar, Mitski, the War on Drugs and more receiving those honors in 2021.

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In June, when interviewer Hasan Minhaj asked if he really made his own selections for the playlists, the former president offered a gentle defense. “People seem to think, ‘Well, he must’ve had some 20-year-old intern who was figuring out this latest cut,’” he said, continuing, “No, man! It’s on my iPad right now!”

Barack Obama’s Summer 2023 Playlist:
J Hus and Drake: “Who Told You”
SZA: “Snooze”
The Pretenders: “I’ll Stand By You”
Rosalía & Rauw Alejandro: “Vampiros”
Luke Combs: “Fast Car”
Tupac, Roger, & Dr. Dre: “California Love”
Leonard Cohen: “Dance Me to the End of Love” (Live)
Martha Reeves & the Vandellas: “Nowhere to Run”
Nobigdyl.: “Parabolic!”
Jorja Smith: “Try Me”
Burna Boy, 21 Savage: “Sittin’ on Top of the World”
Janet Jackson: “Got ’Til It’s Gone”
La Doña: “Penas con Pan”
The Bangles: “Walk Like an Egyptian”
The Beths: “Watching the Credits”
The War and Treaty: “That’s How Love Is Made”
The Rolling Stones: “Soul Survivor”
Aretha Franklin: “Dr. Feelgood (Love Is a Serious Business)”
John Coltrane: “Blue Train”
Ice Spice, Nicki Minaj: “Princess Diana”
Toots and the Maytals: “Funky Kingston”
The Righteous Brothers: “Unchained Melody”
Golden Lady: “Stevie Wonder”
Jackson Browne: “Doctor My Eyes”
Ayra Starr: “Sability”
Boygenius: “Not Strong Enough”
Otis Redding: “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay”
Bob Dylan: “Everything Is Broken”
Ella Fitzgerald: “Cry Me a River”
Yng Lvcas & Peso Pluma: “LA Bebe (Remix)”
Money Man & Babyface Ray: “Drums”
Nas: “The World Is Yours”
Four Tops: “Reach Out I’ll Be There”
Pearl Jam: “Just Breathe”
J’calm: “Tempted”
Kelela: “Contact”
Marvin Gaye: “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)”
Ike & Tina Turner: “River Deep Mountain High”
Janelle Monáe: “Only Have Eyes 42”
Ashley McBride: “The Devil I Know”
Michael Kiwanuka: “Love & Hate”

Listen to Barack Obama’s Summer 2023 Playlist on Spotify.

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