Who knew that our president was such a country-music fan? President Obama and his staff have released the official Obama Campaign 2012 Playlist on Spotify this week for all of us constituents to enjoy--and those who love country will be pleased to discover that, out of 24 total songs, a full 7 are from their favorite genre. Our president loves his country music!
This is a pretty impressive percentage in a diverse list that also manages to cram in pop, jazz, R&B, classic and modern rock. The Nashville artists Obama and his team chose for inclusion? Sugarland, Darius Rucker, the Zac Brown Band, Dierks Bentley, and Montgomery Gentry--with song selections on the stirring side, such as "Everyday America," "Home," and "My Town."
The list isn't solely chosen by the President. As its intro notes, "The official 2012 playlist features picks by the campaign staff—including a few of President Obama's favorites." You can stream the full playlist here. (You'll need to be a Spotify member to access it.)
In addition to country music having such a strong presence in the mix, Sugarland and Rucker are the only artists who each have two songs on the playlist. This could be construed as a negative by the musically snobby--after all, as industry publication Billboard wryly notes, "Even the most amateur of DJs knows that repeating artists on a playlist is against the rules."
However, when it comes to country, I'll say OK. Sounds good to me, Mr. President!