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President Obama joins Spotify; playlist includes Ricky Martin, Hootie

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File: President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy February 1, 2012 at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church, Virginia.

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"

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