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Beatles, Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac & more included on Barack Obama's new Spotify playlist

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Former President Barack Obama has unveiled a new Spotify playlist in honor of the release of his new presidential memoir, A Promised Land, out today — and it includes more than a few rock entries, including songs by The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, U2 and Bob Dylan.

The list, personally curated by Obama himself, features songs mentioned in the book, as well as tracks that reflect his time in office. 

The playlist features the Beatles song “Michelle,” which Paul McCartney himself once sang to the former president’s wife, Michelle Obama, at the White House.

Other tracks include Springsteen’s “The Rising,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon,” Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” and U2’s “Beautiful Day.”

The playlist kicks off with Aretha Franklin‘s rendition of The Band‘s “The Weight,” and also features two tracks by Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé, as well as tunes by B.B. King, Frank Sinatra, Sade, Gloria Estefan, country duo Brooks & Dunn, jazz greats John Coltrane and Miles Davis, and rappers Eminem and JAY-Z.

“Music has always played an important role in my life — and that was especially true during my presidency,” Obama tweeted Monday. “In honor of my book hitting shelves tomorrow, I put together this playlist featuring some memorable songs from my administration. Hope you enjoy it.”

Here’s the full 20-track playlist:

“The Weight” — Aretha Franklin
“The Thrill Is Gone” — B.B. King
“Halo” — Beyoncé
“At Last” — Beyoncé
“The Times They Are a-Changin'” — Bob Dylan
“Only in America” — Brooks & Dunn
“The Rising” — Bruce Springsteen
“Lose Yourself” — Eminem
“Rhiannon” — Fleetwood Mac
“Luck Be a Lady” — Frank Sinatra
“Always Tomorrow” — Gloria Estefan
“My 1st Song” — JAY-Z
“My Favorite Things” — John Coltrane
“Freddie Freeloader” — Miles Davis
“Michelle” — The Beatles
“Cherish the Day” — Sade
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” — Stevie Wonder
“Sir Duke” — Stevie Wonder
“Beautiful Day” — U2

By Andrea Tuccillo and Matt Friedlander
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