Barack Obama's Spotify Playlist Reveals Love For No Doubt, Wilco
President Obama just put the "rock" back in "Barack."
U.S. President Barack Obama has published his first Spotify playlist, as the President's official Twitter account announced early on Thursday; according to the playlist's description on Spotify, "2012 Campaign Playlist" contains "picks by the campaign staff--including a few of President Obama's favorites."
Here's the complete list of the 28 songs, all of which were added by Spotify user "barackobama":
No Doubt - Different People
Earth Wind & Fire Experience feat. 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
Performed by Jennifer Hudson;Dreamgirls (Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Love You I Do
AgesandAges - No Nostalgia
Ledisi - Raise Up
Sugarland - Stand Up
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
Raphael Saadiq - Keep Marchin'
Noah And The Whale - Tonight's The Kind Of Night
Zac Brown Band - Keep Me In Mind
Aretha Franklin - The Weight
U2 - Even Better Than The Real Thing
Dierks Bentley - Home
Sugarland - Everyday America
Darius Rucker - Learn To Live
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky
Montgomery Gentry - My Town
Ricky Martin - The Best Thing About Me Is You Feat. Joss Stone
Ray LaMontagne - You Are The Best Thing
Bruce Springsteen - We Take Care Of Our Own
The Obama campaign's decision to publish its playlist on Spotify is a huge win for the music streaming service, which has been popular in Europe for several years but which just arrived in America in July 2011. Spotify was a late-mover in the American music-streaming space, trailing services like Rhapsody, MOG and Rdio by years, but it has seen a quick surge in users since its launch, thanks in part to a tight partnership with Facebook that delivers instant notifications of what songs users are listening to on the social network's new Ticker feed.
Along with the news of landing perhaps its most famous user to date, Spotify also told HuffPost in an email that the service had passed 500 million playlists on Spotify and now has over 10 million active users.
President Obama, meanwhile, continues to use emerging social media technologies to boost his campaign: In addition to creating the playlist itself, the Obama twitter feed announced the playlist's creation, as did the President's official Tumblr blog.
The road leading up to the 2012 Presidential election has already had its fair share of musical moments going viral on the web: President Obama has sung Al Green (whose "Let's Stay Together" makes an appearance on the First Spotify List); an advertisement by ex-candidate Herman Cain notably featured "I Am America" by Krista Branch; and GOP candidate Mitt Romney has led a group of senior citizens in "America the Beautiful."
Spotify subscribers can listen to the Obama reelection team's playlist right here.