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Presidential playlist: Obama picks a little pop, a little hip hop for summer listening

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Earbuds in, the jamming begins.

The White House released President Barack Obama’s summer playlist Thursday during the first family’s vacation on Martha’s Vineyard.

The commander in chief’s list included some classic Beach Boys — “Good Vibrations” — and Prince’s “U Got the Look.” Jumping ahead to this century, he’s listening to “Classic Man” by Jidenna and Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Green Aphrodisiac.”

The full list of 39 songs is broken down into daytime and nighttime categories.


• “LoveHate Thing,” Wale

• “Smooth Sailin’,” Leon Bridges

• “Elevator Operator,” Courtney Barnett

• “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

• “Many the Miles,” Sara Bareilles

• “Tightrope” Janelle Monae

• “Classic Man,” Jidenna

• “So Ambitious,” Jay-Z, featuring Pharrell

• “Me Gustas Tu,” Manu Chao

• “Forever Begins,” Common

• “The Man,” Aloe Blacc

• “As We Enter,” Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley

• “Sinnerman,” Nina Simone

• “U Got the Look,” Prince

• “Rock Steady,” Aretha Franklin

• “Don’t Owe You A Thang,” Gary Clark Jr.

• “Man Like That,” Gin Wigmore

• “II B.S.,” (edited) Charles Mingus


• “Espera,” Esperanza Spalding

• “Tell It Like It Is,” Aaron Neville

• “Alright,” Ledisi

• “Trapped By A Thing Called Love,” Denise Lasalle

• “Lady,” D’Angelo

• “So Very Hard to Go,” Tower of Power

• “Midnight Sun,” Carmen McCrae

• “Cucurrucucu Paloma,” Caetano Veloso

• “Green Aphrodisiac,” Corinne Bailey Rae

• “I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need,” Mary J Blige and Method Man

• “Lover Man,” Billie Holiday

• “Criminal,” Fiona Apple

• “Acid Rain,” Chance the Rapper

• “My Funny Valentine,” Miles Davis

• “Do You Feel Me,” Anthony Hamilton

• “I Get Lonely,” Janet Jackson

• “Lean In,” Lizz Wright

• “All Day Music,” War

• “Say Yes,” Floetry

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