On Wednesday the White House released play lists featuring music that keeps the Obamas and Bidens in the Christmas spirit to Spotify. The White House started using the streaming music service earlier this year, posting the “#POTUSplaylist” when the first family vacationed in Martha’s Vineyard back in August. Since then First Lady Obama has shared her favorite “girl power” tunes on Spotify too. For Christmas music, both families prefer a variety of artists, but have distinctively different taste. Whether it’s songs to get cozy around the fire place or to dance to, you’ll find it on their lists.
The Obama’s holiday soundtrack mainly features a range of R&B and traditional soul classics (and newer versions of them). The first track is Vince Guaraldi’s “Oh Tannenbaum,” from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The artist on the family’s collective list range from Destiny’s Child and Whitney Houston to Frank Sinatra and gospel singer Yolanda Adams. Their musical spread is a balance of up-tempo and slow selections.
The genres on the Biden’s more eclectic play list are classical, pop, and rock. A broad range of artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blige and U2 also grace their list. Ella Fitzgerald is the jazziest artist among their picks. The overall tone of their list is feel-good and fun.
Both lists offer at least one song that may not be familiar to the general American public. The Obamas shared a beautiful instrumental version of “Away In A Manger” by guitarist Kenny Burrell. Ever dedicated to the Vice President’s home state, the Bidens included local flavor from George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers called “The Delaware Slide.”
Take a look at the respective play lists of our nation’s leaders and enjoy the sounds of the season!
The “Holidays with the Obamas” playlist:
•O Tannenbaum, Vince Guaraldi Trio (A Charlie Brown Christmas)
•Let It Snow, Boyz II Men
•All I Want for Christmas Is You, Mariah Carey
•Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, The Jackson 5
•8 Days of Christmas, Destiny’s Child
•Someday at Christmas, Stevie Wonder
•The Christmas Song, Nat King Cole
•Silent Night, Ledisi
•Do You Hear What I Hear, Yolanda Adams
•Away In A Manger, Kenny Burrell
•Santa Baby, Eartha Kitt
•The First Noel, Frank Sinatra
•Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Luther Vandross
•Little Drummer Boy, Whitney Houston
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The Biden Family’s Christmas playlist:
•Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Bruce Springsteen
•You Make it Feel Like Christmas, Neil Diamond
•Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, Ella Fitzgerald
•Adeste fidelis, Andrea Bocelli
•Wexford Carol, Govannen
•This Christmas, Mary J. Blige
•A Sky Full of Stars, Coldplay
•Celebrate Me Home, Kenny Loggins
•Delaware Slide, George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers
•Merry Christmas Baby, Bruce Springsteen
•Snowfall, Tony Bennett
•Cheek to Cheek, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
•We Need a Little Christmas, Percy Faith
•Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) U2
•Jingle Bells, Diana Krall
•Christmas all over again, Tom Petty
•Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime, Paul McCartney
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