Another sign that Barack Obama is cooler than you: His iPod endorses him for president. (A good chunk of it, anyway.) The AP previews the next issue of Rolling Stone, which places Barack on its cover (again) and delves into the critical issues, relating not to the content of his character, but to the content of his iTunes. Here’s a detailing of the playlist that’s courting your vote:

  • The Rolling Stones (favorite song: “Gimme Shelter”)
  • Stevie Wonder (Barack’s musical hero)
  • Earth Wind & Fire
  • Elton John
  • Miles Davis
  • John Coltrane
  • Charlie Parker
  • Bob Dylan (30 songs, including Blood On The Tracks)
  • Bruce Springsteen

No ScarJo, but their relationship has been clarified, so that’s not surprising. His favorite tune right now is Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm,” which works out because Dylan’s favorite presidential candidate right now is him. Says Obama: “I’ve got to say, having both Dylan and Bruce Springsteen say kind words about you is pretty remarkable. Those guys are icons.” He likes hip hop too, with some qualification:

“I am troubled sometimes by the misogyny and materialism of a lot of rap lyrics,” he said, “but I think the genius of the art form has shifted the culture and helped to desegregate music.”

Misogyny, materialism. Didn’t hear you say anything about delicious asses and interminable basketball feuds though, Barack, which I take to mean Summer Jam ’08 candidate “Kobe How My Ass Taste” is still on the table. Great news.

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  1. EnchantingWizardofRhythm  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    about what I expected…if my Dad or any of his friends had an ipod they would have the same music

  2. skip  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    man, obama smokes, he has an ipod, he enjoys greasy spoon diners. what’s next? this dude is ONE OF US.

    • b.LOUD  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

      NO.
      HE’S.
      NOT.

      Don’t get it twisted. After he gets elected all of this hype will be forgotten, we’ll go back to our lives, expect “HIM” to fix everything, and be subjected to “compromises” he’ll say was made ” ‘FOR’ the sake of the American people” when it was really made AT our sake. As a independent, I ‘ll probably vote for him by default but I can’t help but be convinced that the support and subsequent rallying from young voters for Obama was more strategy than “doing the right thing”, so to speak.

  3. Collin  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    The fact that he has Blood on the Tracks is enough for me to vote for him (as if I wasn’t going to anyway?). You’re gonna make me lonesome when you go.

  4. Jerry  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    Obama has the best taste of any President in history. How cool will it be when he’s in the White House jamming out to “Gimme Shelter”? This guy gets better all the time!!

  5. Jerry  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    Obama has the best taste of any President in history. How cool will it be when he’s in the White House jamming out to “Gimme Shelter”? This guy gets better all the time!!

  6. As long as “I Just Called to Say I Love You” isn’t on there, we’re in good shape.

  7. I remember early in his presidency, Bushy revealed that his favorite song was “Wake Up Little Susie.” I wonder what McCain’s is.

  8. Brian  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    Oh man, you’re totally right! While the whole country is going to hell with his vague policies, having the Stones in the background will be perfect! What a stupid (yet hilarious) comment Jerry. Since when did music taste become something that even matters in politics? Oh wait, it doesn’t. “Gimme Shelter,” on a side note, is probably my favorite Rolling Stones song too though.

  9. James  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    Doesn’t this change anything.
    I’m still voting for McCain.

  10. unlikely  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    that man would get props until he dies if it was some electric era miles like tribute to jack johnson. eh who am i kidding, he had my vote anyway.

  11. Andrew  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    Brian — That’s not change we can believe in.

  12. CTA  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    I don’t neeed much and that ain’t no lie
    Ain’t running any race
    Give to me my country pie.

    I like Obama but it’s sad how shits done these days.
    I also think politicians should be barred from making suprise cameos on SNL
    since it’s not really not a suprise anymore it’s all very calculated.

  13. CTA  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    I don’t neeed much and that ain’t no lie
    Ain’t running any race
    Give to me my country pie.

    I like Obama but it’s sad how shits done these days.
    I also think politicians should be barred from making suprise cameos on SNL
    since it’s not really not a suprise anymore it’s all very calculated.

  14. Evan  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    Could there be a more perfect candidate? Really? Maggies Farm? God I wish I could just vote for him now.

  15. Kat  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    A moderately intruguing playlist is not enough to make up for this canidate’s sheer vapidity.
    Why is stereogum not investigating Ron Paul’s ipod?

    • Johnnyboy  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

      Barack Obama is more interesting than Ron Paul because Barack Obama actually has a chance of making it to the White House.

      And I’m speaking as a Canadian.

    • ron paul does not bow to the apple empire and their shoddy foreign-made parts.

      ron paul listens to jackson frank and john fahey records on his vintage magnavox turntable.

      ron paul also enjoys the solid gold sounds of am radio.

  16. james  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    I was really pissed when Dylan endorsed this guy for president. He has never done that for anyone.

    Hey lets do what obama wants and get rid of nuclear weapons while russia is buy selling uranium to Iran. Real smart you jackasses.

  17. james  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    I was really pissed when Dylan endorsed this guy for president. He has never done that for anyone.

    Hey lets do what obama wants and get rid of nuclear weapons while russia is selling uranium to Iran. Real smart you jackasses.

    • yani  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

      James, this is not the rush limbaugh website, please dispose of your ill-conceived political commentary in the appropriate part of the internet.

  18. eric  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    Cause the what the candidates favorite music is really matters? You guys are so f’n retarded its incredible.

  19. Stephen B  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    According to an NYTimes piece in 2005, Bush had Alejandro Escovedo, Joni Mitchell, John Hiatt, The Thrills and the Gourds on his iPod. Technically he’s more “indie” than Obama. Translation: your iPod means nothing about what kind of president you’ll be. Shocking, I know.

  20. Martin  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    no NWA? traitor.

  21. George  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    Some good ipod stories in the news lately. Obama today and the ipod doctor yesterday

  22. he must be too busy to download any iTunes from female artists.

  23. steve  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    Wow… this half-white multimillionaire with heavy corporate backing who’s a distant cousin of Dick Cheney is really just like one of us!

  24. steve  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    Btw… anyone who thinks that this guy just randomly decided to share his ipod playlist is naive. For all we know, he’s never even heard some of these songs. When a presidential campaign is in full swing, you can bet that a candidate’s every move is approved by advisers. Presidents are marketed with the same tactics that are used to push products on consumers, so you can be certain that every magazine article Obama participates in was carefully chosen to boost his credibility and to bolster his contrived”man of the people” image. Anyone who thinks this is a “conspiracy theory” needs to learn a thing or two about the psychology employed in everyday corporate marketing.

  25. Mandy  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    this is fun. obama you’re a fun dude.

  26. yomomma  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    Would all of you vote for Charles Manson because he has Helter Skelter on his iPod?

    Idiot sheep.

    In other words, what you have on your iPod means nothing when it comes to determining how someone would be president.

    Flame away, bitches.

  27. Jeremiah  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    I’m no conspiracy theorist, but how do we know that Obama knows, much less likes, any of those artists/songs? Just like Steve said, everything about a campaign is carefully plotted. He may indeed love all of them, infact I hope he does. Regardless, it is nothing more than a fun article. I hope that no makes their voting decision based on that. Whether you vote for McCain, Obama, or anyone else, don’t do it for the music.

  28. Stokely Carmichael  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    I am disappointed he doesn’t have “phantom of the rapra” on there.

  29. james  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    HE ACTUALLY SAID THIS IN A SPEECH! If any of you would actually pay attention to the news and understand what’s really going on in the world (and i’m not talking about douche bag europeans who give you shit about Bush) and not judge candidates based on how cool your favorite artists thinks he is, none of you would be voting for this guy.

    I heard Pete Wentz say he’s voting for Obama cause he is a “rock star.” You uneducated pricks are all little Pete Wentzs.

    • Evan  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

      Another stupid comment.

      McCain will do anything to get anyone’s vote, there’s not a sincere bone in his body. When he’s in Oregon, he’s talking about energy conservation. But then two days later he’s talking about off shore drilling. And then the next day he whines because Obama wont do public financing, which means McCain will be trounced. His staff decides to call Obama a “flipflopper” when McCain that same day changed his stance on off shore drilling. He wont vote for a GI bill that will give more money to veterans. He spouts off in his stupid ads about “hating war” yet wants to keep us in Iraq for god knows how long. Getting american troops out of Iraq “isn’t very important”, says McCain. He changed his stance TWICE regarding the Enron loop-hole which has led to speculators deciding that we pay 4 bucks a gallon for gas.

      But yeah, don’t vote for Obama. Vote for the “maverick”, John McCain.

      • McBizz  |   Posted on Jun 26th, 2008 0

        The “Enron loop-hole?” Holy shit you’re a moron. Speculators (i.e. not Enron) have nothing to do with oil prices, r-tard.

        Also, corey has the right idea. Man that band licks ass.

    • James, please shut the hell up.

      I am an educated prick and I am not voting for Obama because of his rock starness or his iPod artist choices.

      You think an old, angry man, who skips his senate votes, is going to a better job? Good luck, assbag.

      Oh, and all caps is not a necessary means of getting your point across.

      • James  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

        Actually, I just made the one comment about voting for Mccain and that was several hours ago. I have no idea who the other guy is that is ranting on here. It was not my intention to get everyone worked up. I do agree with the “other” james that Ron Paul should be running the country, but he is out and I am really left with two options.
        For me, it was an easy choice!

  30. RichardC  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    honestly, I think a lot of people will be disappointed by Barack Obama once you really get to know him. He’s got the old style Chicago politics in him and he’s ditched a lot of his old friends in order to gain mainstream attention and media love. The way he just reniged on his campaign financing pledge is one example. I don’t know what it is but white people are letting their guilt for slavery/segregation blind them to the realities of Obama. you people are too effing naive when it comes to politics. anyone who promises “change” is a wolf in dsiguise.

  31. Mike  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    I do pay lots of attention to ‘what’s really going on in the world,’ and I’ll still happily vote for Obama, no matter what is on his iPod. While I don’t agree with him all of the time, and I wish he would get a little more specific with certain policy proposals, a foreign policy based on avoiding war is infinitely preferable to what McCain espouses, and we need massive investments in health care, education, infrastructure, and energy, not to mention a complete overhaul of the Justice Dept. McCain will do nothing but continue to cut taxes for the top 1% and continue the war indefinitely.
    But it is a decent playlist, if you like that sort of thing.

  32. Reese  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    “Obama’s iPod Loves Him Black” should of been the title to this post

  33. james  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    Not once did I say McCain is a good candidate. Ron Paul should be running this freaking country. And why do the working class continue to believe that Democrats are helping them out? You get taxed more, which means more money out of your pocket to fund campaigns and organizations that don’t work cause they’re all based on dreams and not reality.

    And by the way, only 30 songs from Dylan? That’s weak.

  34. Wank  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    Your comments suck. I’m going back to Fark.

  35. porter  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    I pick and choose friends, movies, and restaurants by their respective soundtracks….so picking presidents the same way makes a lot of sense to me. Y’know, if I could be bothered to vote, obv.

  36. Born To Run  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    I want to like Obama, really I do – but he’s walking with a little too much swagger these days – perhaps indicating he’s enjoying all this attention a little too much. I hope I’m wrong and that he brings positive and swift change, because God help us if he doesn’t. Suffice it to say, if he can back up that cocky strut with results – swagger away baby, swagger away!

  37. Grand  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 0

    Amazing how a simple article on the contents of an iPod can make so many people feel so angry and threatened.

  38. i dont know about you guys but i certainly can not cast a vote without knowing what sort of tunes are behind the canidate….

  39. Tim  |   Posted on Jun 26th, 2008 0

    By the looks of his iPod, I’d say Obama buys all of his albums from Starbucks. Who has an iPod anymore anyway?

  40. Willie  |   Posted on Jun 26th, 2008 0

    What is on McCain’s iPod?
    McCan replied;
    “uh, What’s an iPod?”

  41. erin  |   Posted on Jun 26th, 2008 0

    i know people who are taxed over 50 percent of their income and kind of deserve a break. it sucks that everyone assumes people who are considered part of the upper class don’t work hard and don’t deserve to keep their money. and before you rant about greed and whatnot, those same people donate at least ten percent of their income every year and volunteer at local organizations on a regular basis. you can really only harp on the rich people are evil thing for so long before it gets annoying.

    and honestly, why does anyone “deserve” to be taxed more or less? most of the time people with money depend less on government handouts anyway, so it would appear that they “deserve” some slack, yes?

  42. corey  |   Posted on Jun 26th, 2008 0

    i wasnt sure who i was voting for, but after i saw barack team up with the decemberists, i knew it had to be mcain.

  43. Jonathon  |   Posted on Jun 26th, 2008 0

    I think all politicians should be taxed 90% of their income in return for the priveledge of running our country.

  44. i only voted last time because Sir Duke was the John Edwards theme song

  45. chase  |   Posted on Jun 26th, 2008 0

    It’s not very amusing that any person who makes a conservative point is told to head to another message board, or to stop spouting off conservative lines. If Stereogum has posts like this, it’s going to become a political debate, and there’s nothing wrong with that. What is wrong is telling people with differing points of view to shove-off. How close-minded!

    • james  |   Posted on Jun 26th, 2008 0

      Thank you.

      I love how all hipsters think that all people who listen to good music are liberals. This is not a liberal website, its a music website. I am a real repbulican (not a fan of McCain) and I am deeply involved in the artistic community. What makes the artistic community so great, is that everyone is themselves and believe, dress, act, and express themselves the way the want to. My friends in the art world love that I am conservative cause its a breath of fresh air. I’m not afraid of who I am…I believe what I want ot believe.

  46. tim  |   Posted on Jun 26th, 2008 0

    This list is a generic list of bullshit. fuck you obama…..you radical muslim spy.

  47. erika  |   Posted on Jun 26th, 2008 0

    i dont like obama at all. but GIMME SHELTER FTW.
    props.

  48. Obama is cool :P

  49. Greg  |   Posted on Jun 28th, 2008 0

    Gimme Shelter? Oh, good. Glad to see he likes songs about rape and murder. Very progressive.

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