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All 44 Songs From Barack Obama’s ‘Summer Playlist’ Increased in Sales Or Streams After Post

After Barack Obama posted his annual Summer Playlist on Saturday, Aug. 24, all 44 songs surged in sales, while nearly every song gained in streams, according to Nielsen Music, in the week ending Aug…

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After Barack Obama posted his annual Summer Playlist on Saturday, Aug. 24, all 44 songs surged in sales, while nearly every song gained in streams, according to Nielsen Music, in the week ending Aug. 29 in the U.S.

In the tracking week, only five of the collected tunes decreased in streams: “Mood 4 Eva,” “Señorita,” “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Boo’d Up” and “Old Town Road.” Why did these songs decrease? The most likely explanation is that, with the exception of “Brown Eyed Girl” (a classic rock staple), each song was recently popular and are on the decline. “Old Town Road” and “Señorita” were both No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 within the past month, while “Mood 4 Eva” and “Boo’d Up” both dropped off the Hot 100 in August and December, respectively.


While many of the sales totals for the given tracks were low (the majority hovering around 1,000 downloads sold or less), all 44 had substantial week-to-week percentage gains, comparing the week before Obama’s post (week ending Aug. 23) and the week after (week ending Aug. 30).

Among the notable gainers: Terence Trent D’Arby’s 1987 song “Who’s Loving You,” which is a cover of The Miracles’ 1960 track and appeared on his Grammy Award-winning debut LP Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby. The song saw the biggest percentage increase in streams, compared to the other 43 songs on the playlist, gaining from 3,000 U.S. streams to 77,000 (a 2,732% increase).

Esperanza Spalding’s “Espera” saw the second-largest streaming gain after Obama’s post. The song, which appears on her 2008 sophomore LP Esperanza gained from 2,000 U.S. streams to 39,000 (a 2,057% increase).

Here’s a complete look at the number of streams all 44 songs earned in the week after Obama’s post, complete with percentage gains from the week prior. The five songs that saw a decrease in streaming totals are italicized.

Artist, Title
On-demand streams in the U.S. in the week ending Aug. 29, according to Nielsen Music (percentage gain from the previous week)

1. Drake featuring Rihanna, “Too Good”
1.1 million U.S. streams (up 23%)

2. The Spinners, “I’ll Be Around”
765,000 U.S. streams (up 23%)

3. Beyoncé, JAY-Z & Childish Gambino featuring Oumou Sangaré, “Mood 4 Eva”
1.2 million U.S. streams (down 3%)

4. Maggie Rogers, “Burning”
440,000 U.S. streams (up 32%)

5. The Avener & Phoebe Killdeer, “Fade Out Lines (The Avener Rework)”
210,000 U.S. streams (up 95%)

6. Lizzo, “Juice”
6.4 million U.S. streams (up 25%)

7. Steely Dan, “Reelin’ In The Years”
956,000 U.S. streams (up 5%)

8. Terence Trent D’Arby, “Who’s Loving You”
77,000 U.S. streams (up 2,732%)

9. Stevie Wonder, “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing”
250,000 U.S. streams (up 52%)

10. GoldLink featuring Ari PenSmith, “Joke Ting”
305,000 U.S. streams (up 64%)

11. Sharon Van Etten, “Seventeen”
185,000 U.S. streams (up 76%)

12. Lauryn Hill, “Doo-Wop (That Thing)”
1.4 million U.S. streams (up 11%)

13. Raphael Saadiq, “100 Yard Dash”
94,000 U.S. streams (up 387%)

14. Frank Sinatra, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”
563,000 U.S. streams (up 19%)

15. Daniel Caesar featuring H.E.R., “Best Part”
4.5 million U.S. streams (up 7%)

16. BJ the Chicago Kid featuring Anderson .Paak, “Feel The Vibe”
200,000 U.S. streams (up 66%)

17. Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello, “Señorita”
33.2 million U.S. streams (down 4%)

18. Dobie Gray, “Drift Away”
583,000 U.S. streams (up 12%)

19. Sounds of Blackness, “Hold On (Change is Comin’)”
184,000 U.S. streams (up 54%)

20. Van Morrison, “Brown Eyed Girl”
3.5 million U.S. streams (down 5%)

21. Donny Hathaway, “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know”
115,000 U.S. streams (up 129%)

22. SZA, “Go Gina”
442,000 U.S. streams (up 31%)  

23. 2 Chainz featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz & Jhené Aiko, “It’s A Vibe”
2.3 million U.S. streams (up 4%)

24. Mac Miller featuring Anderson .Paak, “Dang!”
1 million U.S. streams (up 13%)

25. Ella Fitzgerald, “How High the Moon”
70,000 U.S. streams (up 431%)

26. Erick Sermon featuring Marvin Gaye, “Music”
293,000 U.S. streams (up 23%)

27. The Black Keys, “Go”
497,000 U.S. streams (up 9%)

28. Koffee, “Toast”
1.8 million U.S. streams (up 8%)

29. Ella Mai, “Boo’d Up”
4.3 million U.S. streams (down 1%)

30. DJ Khaled featuring Beyoncé & JAY-Z, “Shining”
434,000 U.S. streams (up 2%)

31. Rosalía & J Balvin featuring El Guincho, “Con Altura”
4.8 million U.S. streams (up 8%)

32. Charles Mingus, “II B.S.”
52,000 U.S. streams (up 730%)

33. Jill Scott, “It’s Love”
121,000 U.S. streams (up 76%)

34. The Rolling Stones, “Happy”
134,000 U.S. streams (up 59%)

35. John Legend, “Alright”
79,000 U.S. streams (up 188%)

36. Esperanza Spalding, “Espera”
39,000 U.S. streams (up 2,057%)

37. Toots & The Maytals, “54-46 Was My Number”
178,000 U.S. streams (up 33%)

38. The Youngbloods, “Get Together”
342,000 U.S. streams (up 13%)

39. Anthony Hamilton, “Float”
62,000 U.S. streams (up 223%)

40. Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road”
42.2 million U.S. streams (down 12%)

41. Robin Thicke, “Can U Believe”
58,000 U.S. streams (up 324%)

42. Rema, “Iron Man”
90,000 U.S. streams (up 182%)

43. Q-Tip featuring D’Angelo, “Believe”
48,000 U.S. streams (up 656%)

44. A Tribe Called Quest, “Can I Kick It?”
596,000 U.S. streams (up 12%)