Let’s not bury the lede here: President Obama seems to be siding with Spotify in the streaming wars. POTUS tweeted a pair of vacation playlists today, and they’re powered not by Tidal (sorry, Jay) or Apple (sorry, Tay) but the ever-popular Swedish service. And what do these playlists contain? The “Day” playlist contains more than a few classics (Temptations, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, the Isley Brothers), some ubiquitous modern pop stars (Justin Timberlake, Florence + The Machine, Coldplay), and some picks that qualify as underground by White House standards — Reflection Eternal’s “Memories Live” and Okkervil River’s “Down Down The Deep River,” for example. The “Night” playlist is heavy with jazz, soul, hip-hop, and folksy singer-songwriters. Beyoncé’s Frank Ocean collab “Superpowers” and Lauryn Hill’s D’Angelo collab “Nothing Even Matters” share space with Mos Def, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, and Leonard Cohen. Peruse both playlists below.
— President Obama (@POTUS) August 14, 2015