Barack Obama Unveils Playlist That Inspired Him During His Presidency

Former US President Barack Obama (image via PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/AP)

Former President of the United States of America, Barack Obama has unveiled a playlist of 20 songs that inspired him during his time at the White House.

He unveiled the playlist to mark the release of his new memoir, A Promised Land.

The star-studded playlist features musicians including Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Eminem.

“Music has always played an important role throughout my life—and that was especially true during my presidency,” he wrote.

“While reviewing my notes ahead of debates, I’d listen to Jay-Z’s ‘My 1st Song’ or Frank Sinatra’s ‘Luck Be a Lady.’ Throughout our time in the White House, Michelle and I invited artists like Stevie Wonder and Gloria Estefan to conduct afternoon workshops with young people before performing an evening show in the East Room.”

“And there were all sorts of performances I’ll always remember—like Beyoncé performing ‘At Last’ for our first dance at our inauguration, Paul McCartney serenading Michelle in the East Room with, ‘Michelle’ and Bob Dylan flashing me a grin before vanishing after his performance of “Times They Are a-Changin’.”

“So in honour of my book coming out tomorrow, I thought I’d put together a playlist with some of those songs. Hope you enjoy it.”

Here’s the full playlist:

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