Barack Obama Shares His Summer Playlist 2021 Including Bob Dylan, Rihanna and Jay-Z

Barack Obama has shared his summer playlist, continuing a tradition he started during his presidency.

It includes artists such as Bob Dylan, Rihanna, Louis Armstrong and Jay-Z.

The 44th president listed his favorite singers and songs he has been listening to this summer, to inspire his followers.

He tweeted: "With so many folks getting together with family and friends, there's a lot to celebrate this summer.

"Here's a playlist of songs I've been listening to lately—it's a mix of old and new, household names and emerging artists, and a whole lot in between."

Among the new artists, Obama reaches for Georgia hip-hop trio Migos with their 2021 song "Straightenin."

The playlist also features two songs by rapper Lil Baby, including one with Drake.

Former President Barack Obama
Barack Obama speaks in support of Joe Biden during a drive-in rally at the Florida International University on November 2, 2020 in Miami, Florida. The former president has now shared his summer playlist. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Obama also went back a few years to pick songs he likes, such as "Neighbors" by J.Cole and "Desperado"by Rihanna, both from 2016.

Old school artists are represented by George Harrison, The Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell and Ella Fitzgerald.

Obama also shows his music passion with lesser-known artists such as Nezi, Masked Wolf and Brother Sundance.

After the former president shared his playlist on Twitter, several people commented his post, with one saying: "President Barack Obama definitely has excellent taste in music!!! He knows his music and can sing as well."

Another added: "Excellent choice on Simply Red...definitely not a household name, or new artist, but that voice!"

Bob Dylan performs in London
Bob Dylan performs at Hyde Park in London, England, on July 12, 2019. He is one of the artists on Obama's summer playlist. Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for ABA

One more person commented: "You have good taste in music, nice variety, not too much in one era or genre, balanced."

Claptone, who worked on a remix of a song picked by Obama, also commented the tweet, saying: "I always knew, you were a man of fine taste, sir."

Last year, Obama's playlist included Billie Eilish, Maggie Rogers, Common, John Legend, and Leon Bridge, as well as Megan Thee Stallion, Frank Ocean and Bob Dylan.

Obama also shared his favorite playlists when he was in the White House, to give his followers some idea of songs they might like to listen to during the summer.

With so many folks getting together with family and friends, there’s a lot to celebrate this summer. Here’s a playlist of songs I’ve been listening to lately—it's a mix of old and new, household names and emerging artists, and a whole lot in between. pic.twitter.com/xwTPun9wsw

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 10, 2021

Barack Obama's Playlist in Full

  • Conséquence - Kékélé
  • Everybody loves the sunshine - Roy Ayers Ubiquity
  • So hard - Nezi
  • I'll be your baby tonight - Bob Dylan
  • Neighbors - J. Cole
  • Good days - Sza
  • Text you back - Brother Sundance ft. Bryce Vine
  • You ain't the problem (Claptone remix) - Michael Kiwanuka
  • Everything (...is never quite enough) - Wasis Diop
  • The tears of a clown - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  • Wants and needs - Drake ft. Lil Baby
  • Águas de Março - Elis Regina and Antônio Carlos Jobim
  • Its way with me - Wye Oak
  • I'll take you there - The Staples Sisters
  • Find a way - H.E.R. ft. Lil Baby
  • A kiss to build a dream on - Louis Armstrong
  • Speak your mind (From the Netflix series 'We The People') - Brandi Carlile
  • Lush life - Ella Fitzgerald
  • Pick up your feelings - Jazmine Sullivan
  • Switch it up - Protoje ft. Koffee
  • Holding back the years - Simply Red
  • My sweet lord - George Harrison
  • Straightenin - Migos
  • Desperado - Rihanna
  • Leave the door open - Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic
  • Interlude - Sarah Vaughan
  • Ella no es tuya (Remix) - Rochy RD, Myke Towers, Nicki Nicole
  • Tumbling dice - The Rolling Stones
  • Astronaut in the ocean - Masked Wolf
  • Frozen - Sabrina Claudio
  • If you really love me - Stevie Wonder
  • Walkin' - Miles Davis
  • Exodus - Bob Marley & The Wailers
  • Does anybody really know what time it is? - Chicago
  • Coyote - Joni Mitchell
  • Mohabbat - Arooj Aftab
  • Didn't cha know - Erykah Badu
  • Allure - Jay-Z