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Pete Prodoehl

Barack Obama Includes Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin, Beatles On Playlist For New Memoir

Alongside with his new 768-page memoir, A Promised Land, which hit shelves November 17th, Barack Obama has released a new playlist featuring music from Aretha Franklin, Beyoncé, the Beatles and more.

Just announced, the collection is available via Spotify and includes an array of inspirational and motivational classics such as Franklin’s cover of “The Weight,” Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising”, U2’s “Beautiful Day”, Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours”, Beyoncé’s “Halo,” John Coltrane’s interpretation of “My Favorite Things”, Sade’s “Cherish the Day” and two tracks that exemplify unique takes on pop patriotism, Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin’” and Brooks and Dunn’s “Only in America.”

Obama took time to explain the impact that music had on his time in office: “Music has always played an important role throughout my life — and that was especially true during my presidency. 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 or Paul McCarthy serenading Michelle in the East Room with, ‘Michelle.’ So in honor of my book, A Promised Land, coming out tomorrow, I thought I’d put together a playlist with some of those songs. Hope you enjoy it.”

Listen to the playlist.

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