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President Obama joins Spotify; playlist includes Ricky Martin, Hootie



File: President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy February 1, 2012 at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church, Virginia.
File: President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy February 1, 2012 at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church, Virginia.
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The 2012 Obama campaign is trying to use some of the social networking zeitgeist they seized upon in 2008 with social media like their huge MySpace following (quit laughing, that was still a thing then). Obama's already on Tumblr and Instagram, which are de rigeur for most hipsters these days, but now he's on Spotify, too. (Or at least someone in his office set one up for him.)

The official playlist runs the gamut with everything from country to R&B. It also includes some artists that have been used for numerous political campaigns, like Bruce Springsteen and U2. A couple artists even get two songs: Sugarland and Darius Rucker (of Hootie & The Blowfish fame).

Here's the full rundown of songs:

As the playlist notes, it features picks by the Obama campaign staff, so it's not exactly handpicked by the president himself, but it does include "a few of President Obama's favorites."

How does Obama's taste compare with former President George W. Bush's? Bush gave the New York Times a peek at his iPod in 2005. Like Obama's official playlist, it included a good dose of country, though more traditional artists (George Jones, Alan Jackson and Kenny Chesney) than the newer artists in the Obama list (Zac Brown Band and Sugarland). Bush used the iPod primarily during bike workouts at the time, according to the Times.

The Obama campaign also has a playlist with those working on the campaign sharing their stories, as well as discussion of the relaunched campaign site, BarackObama.com.

You can listen to Obama's 2012 Campaign Playlist here.