If you’ve followed Barack Obama’s career at all, you know that when it comes to music, books, art, and all things pop culture, he is something of a Tastemaker-in-Chief. As President, he and Mrs. Obama welcomed dancers, artists, and musicians into the halls of the White House for special performances and ceremonies—including a few where President Obama grabbed the mic himself! An extension of his appreciation for a snappy lyric and an undeniable bass line, he put out his first-ever Spotify playlist in 2015. It quickly turned into a groovy tradition that’s still going strong. 

We are honored that his 2021 summer playlist includes the Strayhorn classic “Lush Life” (sung by the great Ella Fitzgerald) as a must have for your IPod!. Check out more of the Presidents music and reading list for 2021 at obama.org.