Barack Obama unveils summer playlist, “It’s a mix of old and new”


Another summer means another summer music playlist from Barack Obama.

Over the weekend, the former president took to social media to share what he’s listening to these days. Like past playlists, the 2021 edition encompasses a range of genres, with songs from Jazmine Sullivan, Arooj AftabWye OakMigosJoni MitchellChicagoRihannaJAY-ZErykah BaduBrandi CarlileGeorge Harrison and many more.

Alongside the 38-track list, Obama wrote, “With so many folks getting together with family and friends, there’s a lot to celebrate this summer. Here’s a playlist of songs I’ve been listening to lately — it’s a mix of old and new, household names and emerging artists, and a whole lot in between.”

The former POTUS also shared his summer reading list, which includes 11 titles from authors David DiopEric NguyenElizabeth KolbertAndy WeirKatie Kitamura and others. 

“Whether you’re camped out on the beach or curled up on the couch on a rainy day, there’s nothing quite like sitting down with a great book in the summer,” he shared. “While we were still in the White House, I began sharing my summer favorites — and over the years, it’s become a little tradition that I look forward to sharing with you all. So without further ado, here are some books I’ve read recently.”

Obama concluded, “Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.”


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