Tuesday, November 17, a few days after the US presidential election, Barack Obama released A Promised Land, a book of memoirs in which he looked back on his years in the White House as the 44th President of the United States. To accompany this outing event, which was even the subject of a television interview on France 2, the former president shared on his Twitter account an “A Promised Land playlist,” which brings together the memorable songs of his administration. “Music has always played an important role in my life – and this was especially true during my presidency,” he explains in the tweet accompanying the playlist.
So which songs did she repeat in the Oval Office between 2009 and 2017? A lot of Beyoncé obviously – she’s the only artist to appear twice on the 20 song playlist – but also jazz (Miles Davis and John Coltrane), soul (Aretha Franklin and Sade), blues (BB King ), and American classics like “The Times They Are-a-Changin ‘” by Bob Dylan, “The Rising” by Bruce Springsteen, “Luck Be a Lady” by Frank Sinatra and “Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac. We also note the presence of two rap tracks – Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and Jay-Z’s “My 1st Song” – as well as the Beatles song “Michelle,” probably in homage to Michelle Obama. Now you know what to listen to when reading A Promised Land.
Music has always played an important role in my life—and that was especially true during my presidency. In honor of my book hitting shelves tomorrow, I put together this playlist featuring some memorable songs from my administration. Hope you enjoy it. pic.twitter.com/xWiNQiZzN0
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 16, 2020
A video clip showing Obama enjoying singing during his presidency
President Obama definitely has excellent taste in music!!! He knows his music and can sing as well. pic.twitter.com/f387PGrsZb
— Matt Leeds (@Mleeds2048) November 16, 2020