Summer jams: Barack Obama edition

President Obama is the first president to fully embrace the social media age. His latest foray into social media land? Playlists for all.

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President Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House, in Washington during an 'In Performance at the White House' concert series, April 14. The White House is launching an official channel on the popular music streaming service Spotify with a pair of playlists it says Mr. Obama created himself. Obama was announcing his daytime and evening summer music lists Friday on his @POTUS official Twitter account.

Longing for some new summer listening? Look no further, for now you can jam out to the tunes of the commander in chief. 

On Friday, the White House officially joined Spotify, offering the world an opportunity to indulge in the president’s very own playlist. “Handpicked” by President Obama during his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, the day and night playlists on offer last for about 90 minutes each and have a distinctly relaxing, summer-time vibe.

“It's stocked with a selection of the classics – from Nina Simone's blues sensation "Feelin' Good" to the Temptations' "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" – mixed in with more recent tracks from artists like Florence & the Machine and The Lumineers,” the White House blog reports.

Shooting out messages via his Twitter handle @POTUS, Mr. Obama presented the world with the new Spotify account.

That tweet has since been retweeted 4,000 times.

Obama is arguably the first president of the social media age, and has navigated this new terrain surprisingly well, observers say.

“However history judges Obama’s role in transforming the office, this first American president of the social media age has already established a standard for how politicians connect with a digitally savvy electorate,” wrote Juliet Eilperin for The Washington Post. “Other chief executives did network TV; Obama is the streaming-video, Netflix president.”

And mastering this digital landscape is important, experts say. In its 2015 report on the state of the news, the Pew Research Center revealed that over half of all adults who use the Internet get political news from Facebook.

“In the shift from old to new media, the White House has essentially become its own media production company, one that can sometimes look like a state-run news distribution service,” wrote Ms. Eilperin.

“This year alone, White House officials have posted more than 400 videos to YouTube, which have been viewed for a total of more than 174,497,605 minutes. They have produced nearly 275 infographics for and for social media outlets. They have also created and programmed multiple channels on Web sites ranging from BuzzFeed to Instagram and Pinterest.”

The White House now promises that its Spotify playlists be updated regularly, and that a variety of White House officials will be given a chance to share their favorite tracks. 

So, without further ado, here are the 40 songs that made the first presidential play mixes:

President Obama's Summer Playlist: Day

  1. Ain’t Too Proud to Beg – The Temptations
  2. Live It Up – Isley Brothers
  3. Memories Live – Talib Kweli & Hi Tek
  4. Tombstone Blues – Bob Dylan
  5. So Much Trouble in the World – Bob Marley
  6. Paradise – Coldplay
  7. Tengo Un Trato (Remix) – Mala Rodriguez
  8. Wang Dang Doodle – Howlin Wolf
  9. Another Star – Stevie Wonder
  10. Hot Fun in the Summertime – Sly & the Family Stone
  11. Boozophilia – Low Cut Connie
  12. Wherever Is Your Heart  – Brandi Carlile
  13. Good Day – Nappy Roots
  14. Green Light – John Legend
  15. Gimme Shelter – Rolling Stones
  16. Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin
  17. Down Down the Deep River – Okkervil River
  18. Pusher Love Girl – Justin Timberlake
  19. Shake It Out – Florence + The Machine
  20. La Salsa La Traigo Yo – Sonora Carruseles

President Obama's Summer Playlist: Night

  1. My Favorite Things – John Coltrane
  2. Superpower (feat. Frank Ocean) – Beyoncé
  3. Moondance – Van Morrison
  4. Is Your Love Big Enough? – Lianne La Havas
  5. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart – Al Green
  6. Red & White & Blue & Gold – Aoife O’Donovan
  7. Nothing Even Matters – Lauryn Hill
  8. The Best Is Yet to Come – Frank Sinatra
  9. You Don’t Know Me – Ray Charles
  10. I Found My Everything – Mary J Blige
  11. Help Me – Joni Mitchell
  12. I’ve Got Dreams to Remember – Otis Redding
  13. Suzanne – Leonard Cohen
  14. Feeling Good – Nina Simone
  15. Stubborn Love – The Lumineers
  16. Until – Cassandra Wilson
  17. UMI Says – Mos Def
  18. The Very Thought of You – Billie Holiday
  19. Flamenco Sketches – Miles Davis
  20. Woo – Erykah Badu
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