On Thursday morning (Feb. 9), our decidedly modern president took to Twitter and Facebook to trumpet his coolness once more. He and his team compiled an official Obama Campaign 2012 Playlist and shared it with the world via Spotify.
Many of 24 songs made total sense: Folks like Arcade Fire and Bruce Springsteen are not only anthemic and politically-charged, but both artists endorsed him in 2008. Plus, the whole world knows about Obama's love of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together." Still, the playlist struck us as oddball in places, yet too safe in others.
We understand that on-point messaging and diversity (as to appeal to all demographics of Obama supporters) are important. We're also aware that campaign staffers nominated songs -- if it were Obama's personal playlist, we'd surely be seeing some classic jazz and Jay-Z, from what we know about his taste. Before we go back to analyzing our president's political track record instead of his record collection, we'd like to point out the five most surprising selections on the official Obama Campaign 2012 Playlist (which you can view in full below). Overall, we give him and his team kudos for taking chances on the playlist, but we also have a few ideas of all-too-fitting tracks Team Obama left off.
Different People - No Doubt Got To Get You Into My Life (Live) - Earth Wind & Fire Experience Green Onions (Single/ LP Version) - Booker T. & The MG's I Got You - Wilco Keep On Pushing (Single Version) - The Impressions Love You I Do - Jennifer Hudson (from the Dreamgirls soundtrack) No Nostalgia - AgesandAges Raise Up - Ledisi Stand Up - Sugarland This - Darius Rucker We Used to Wait - Arcade Fire You've Got The Love - Florence + The Machine Your Smiling Face - James Taylor Roll With The Changes - REO Speedwagon Keep Marchin' - Raphael Saadiq Tonight's The Kind Of Night - Noah And The Whale Keep Me In Mind - Zac Brown Band The Weight - Aretha Franklin Even Better Than The Real Thing - U2 Home - Dierks Bentley Everyday America - Sugarland Learn To Live - Darius Rucker Let's Stay Together - Al Green Mr. Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra My Town - Montgomery Gentry The Best Thing About Me Is You Feat. Joss Stone - Ricky Martin You Are The Best Thing - Ray LaMontagne We Take Care Of Our Own - Bruce Springsteen