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President Obama joins Spotify; playlist includes Ricky Martin, Hootie

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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:

  • Raphael Saadiq: "Keep Marchin'"
  • Noah And The Whale: "Tonight's The Kind Of Night"
  • Bruce Springsteen: "We Take Care Of Our Own"
  • Zac Brown Band: "Keep Me In Mind"
  • Aretha Franklin: "The Weight"
  • U2: "Even Better Than The Real Thing"
  • Ricky Martin featuring Joss Stone: "The Best Thing About Me Is You"
  • Dierks Bentley: "Home"
  • Ray LaMontagne: "You Are The Best Thing"
  • Earth Wind & Fire Experience featuring Al McKay Allstars: "Got To Get You Into My Life" (Live)
  • Booker T. & The MG's: "Green Onions" (Single/LP Version)
  • Wilco: "I Got You"
  • The Impressions: "Keep On Pushing" (Single Version)
  • Jennifer Hudson: "Love You I Do" (from Dreamgirls)
  • AgesandAges: "No Nostalgia"
  • Sugarland: "Stand Up"
  • Al Green: "Let's Stay Together"
  • Darius Rucker: "This"
  • Arcade Fire: "We Used To Wait"
  • Florence + The Machine: "You've Got The Love"
  • James Taylor: "Your Smiling Face"
  • REO Speedwagon: "Roll With The Changes"
  • Sugarland: "Everyday America"
  • Darius Rucker: "Learn To Love"
  • Electric Light Orchestra: "Mr. Blue Sky"
  • Montgomery Gentry: "My Town"
  • No Doubt: "Different People"
  • Ledisi: "Raise Up"

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.

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