Presidential Pardon? POTUS Barack Obama Shows No Love for Country Music on His New Playlists

Presidential Pardon? POTUS Barack Obama Shows No Love for Country Music on His New Playlists

As evidenced by his recently released two summer playlists, President Barack Obama has eclectic taste in music. However, the POTUS has no love for country music—at least while he vacations in Martha’s Vineyard.

President Obama released two summer playlists—daytime and nighttime—last week on Twitter while he vacationed in Martha’s Vineyard. According to the White House, the music was “hand-selected” and features 39 songs, ranging from Aretha Franklin and the Beach Boys to Jay-Z and Common. But alas, there was no Hank, Dolly, Willie, Waylon, Merle or Johnny—just 39 twangless songs. No worries, we’ll keep our fingers crossed that his Fall Playlist has a healthy dose of Dwight Yoakam and Travis Tritt.

POTUS Summer Playlist: Daytime

  1. “LoveHate Thing” – Wale
  2. “Smooth Sailin’” – Leon Bridges
  3. “Elevator Operator” – Courtney Barnett
  4. “Home” – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  5. “Many the Miles” – Sara Bareilles
  6. “Tightrope” – Janelle Monae
  7. “Classic Man” – Jidenna
  8. “So Ambitious” – Jay-Z, feat. Pharrell
  9. “Me Gustas Tu” – Manu Chao
  10. “Forever Begins” – Common
  11. “The Man” – Aloe Blacc
  12. “As We Enter” – Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
  13. “Sinnerman” – Nina Simone
  14. “U Got the Look” – Prince
  15. “Rock Steady” – Aretha Franklin
  16. “Good Vibrations” – Beach Boys
  17. “Don’t Owe You a Thang” – Gary Clark Jr.
  18. “Man Like That” – Gin Wigmore
  19. “II B.S.” (edit) – Charles Mingus

POTUS Summer Playlist: Nighttime

  1. “If I Have My Way” – Chrisette Michelle
  2. “Espera” – Esperanza Spalding
  3. “Tell It Like It Is” – Aaron Neville
  4. “Alright” – Ledisi
  5. “Trapped By a Thing Called Love” – Denise Lasalle
  6. “Lady” – D’Angelo
  7. “So Very Hard to Go” – Tower of Power
  8. “Midnight Sun” – Carmen McCrae
  9. “Cucurrucucu Paloma” – Caetano Veloso
  10. “Green Aphrodisiac” – Corinne Bailey Rae
  11. “I’ll Be There for You / You’re All I Need” – Mary J Blige / Method Man
  12. “Lover Man” – | Billie Holiday
  13. “Criminal” – Fiona Apple
  14. “Acid Rain” – Chance the Rapper
  15. “My Funny Valentine” – Miles Davis
  16. “Do You Feel Me” – Anthony Hamilton
  17. “I Get Lonely” – Janet Jackson
  18. “Lean In” – Lizz Wright
  19. “All Day Music” – War
  20. “Say Yes” – Floetry

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill also dropped the soundtrack to their summer days and nights. The Bidens’ 15-song playlist is also void of any country tunes with the exception of Ray Charles’ “You Don’t Know Me,” from his 1962 album, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music.

The Bidens’ Summer Playlist

  1. “Stay With Me” –  Sam Smith
  2. “We Take Care of Our Own” –  Bruce Springsteen
  3. “Come Together” – The Beatles
  4. “Hello” – Adele
  5. “Til It Happens to You” –  Lady Gaga
  6. “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” – Al Green
  7. “My Way” – Frank Sinatra
  8. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” –  Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
  9. “The Best” – Tina Turner
  10. “Til Kingdom Come” – Coldplay
  11. “If We Fall in Love Tonight” – Rod Stewart
  12. “Hallelujah” – KD Lang
  13. “Do You Hear the People Sing?” –  Les Misérables
  14. “You Don’t Know Me” – Ray Charles
  15. “You Are So Beautiful” – Joe Cocker

photo courtesy ABC/Travis Bell

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Garth Brooks – One of the 5 Honorees for Kennedy Center Honors 2021

Garth Brooks – One of the 5 Honorees for Kennedy Center Honors 2021

Congrats to Garth Brooks — he’s been named as one of the honorees for the 43rd Kennedy Center Honors. Along with Garth, the lifetime achievements of Debbie AllenJoan BaezMidori and Dick Van Dyke will be celebrated. When he learned of the honor, Garth shared, “I’m humble. I’m proud. I’m all the good things.”

The Kennedy Center Honors will air June 6 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

Photo Credit: Becky Fluke