President Barack Obama rocked the Apollo Theater in January when he proved he could croon with the best of them, with his rendition of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together."
The Obama campaign took note and added it to an official playlist of 29 songs to be used in the 2012 campaign. Obama for America spokesperson Katie Hogan says campaign staff as well as volunteers submitted additional song recommendations for the list, which includes everything from James Taylor's "Your Smiling Face" to Montgomery Gentry's "This Is My Town." The series of Motown, blues and country western songs will set the mood during campaign fundraisers, speeches and appearances.
The theme of this year's playlist certainly contains a more direct message of resiliency and perseverance with songs like "Keep Reachin' Up," by Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators and REO Speedwagon's "Roll with the Changes."
The mix also is a direct reference to Obama's populist campaign message this year with songs like Bruce Springsteen's "We Take Care of Our Own."
The playlist can be found for free on Spotify.
1. Different People - No Doubt
2. Got to Get You in My Life - Earth, Wind & Fire
3. Green Onions- Booker T & The MG's
4. I Got You - Wilco
5. Keep on Pushing - The Impressions
6. Keep Reachin' Up - Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators
7. Love You I Do - Jennifer Hudson
8. No Nostalgia - AgesAndAges
9. Raise Up - Ledisi
10. Stand Up - Sugarland
11. This - Darius Rucker
12. We Used To Wait - Arcade Fire
13. You've Got the Love - Florence and the Machine
14. Your Smiling Face - James Taylor
15. REO Speedwagon – Roll with the Changes
16. Everyday America" – Sugarland
17. Learn to Live – Darius Rucker
18. Let's Stay Together – Al Green
19. Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra
20. My Town – Montgomery Gentry
21. The best thing about me is you – Ricky Martin ft. Joss Stone
22. You are the Best Thing – Ray Lamontagne
23. Keep Marchin' - Raphael Saadiq
24. Tonight's The Kind of Night - Noah and the Whale
25. We Take Care of our Own – Bruce Springsteen
26. Keep Me In Mind - Zac Brown Band
27. The Weight - Aretha Franklin
28. Even Better Than The Real Thing - U2
29. Home - Dierks Bentley