Obama campaign playlist has classic soul, indie rock and … Hootie?


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Politico’s Mike Allen scores a scoop today on the Obama campaign’s playlist — music to be played at rallies and other reelection events. Most of it would make a really good Spotify playlist*, and it contains a mix of classic soul music (including, of course, “Let’s Stay Together”) and indie-ish rock such as Arcade Fire, Wilco and Florence + the Machine.

But I heard a record scratch sound in my head when I came across not one, but two songs by Darius Rucker. Really? Hootie? (We’ll see if Obama blames that one on Axelrod.)

After the jump, you can find the full list and a few of the choicer cuts.

* EDIT: I’ll be danged, it is a Spotify playlist.

A live “Green Onions,” Booker T and the MGs

“We Used To Wait,” Arcade Fire

“The Weight,” Aretha Franklin (featuring slide guitar by Duane Allman)

“You’ve Got The Love,” Florence + The Machine

And the playlist, courtesy of Politico:

“Different People” (No Doubt)

“Got to Get You in My Life” (Earth, Wind & Fire)

“Green Onions” (Booker T & The MG’s)

“I Got You” (Wilco)

“Keep on Pushing” (The Impressions)

“Keep Reachin’ Up” (Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators)

“Love You I Do?” (Jennifer Hudson)

“No Nostalgia” (AgesAndAges)

“Raise Up” (Ledisi)

“Stand Up” (Sugarland)

“This” (Darius Rucker)

“We Used To Wait” (Arcade Fire)

“You’ve Got the Love” (Florence + the Machine)

“Your Smiling Face” (James Taylor)

“REO Speedwagon” (Roll with the Change)

“Everyday America” (Sugarland)

“Learn to Live” (Darius Rucker)

“Let’s Stay Together” (Al Green)

“Mr. Blue Sky” (Electric Light Orchestra)

“My Town” (Montgomery Gentry)

“The Best Thing about Me Is You” (Ricky Martin, featuring Joss Stone)

“You are the Best Thing” (Ray Lamontagne)

“Keep Marchin’” (Raphael Saadiq)

“Tonight’s The Kind of Night” (Noah and the Whale)

“We Take Care of Our Own” (Bruce Springsteen)

“Keep Me In Mind” (Zac Brown Band)

“The Weight” (Aretha Franklin)

“Even Better Than The Real Thing” (U2)

“Home” (Dierks Bentley)


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