What? No salsa? Obama 2012 releases playlist

February 9, 2012


President Barack Obama’s re-election team has issued its 2012 campaign playlist, the two dozen or so songs it will play to pump up supporters at his speeches and rallies.

The tracks include some old favorites — like Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” which Obama sang himself at a recent New York fundraiser, and “Your Smiling Face,” by James Taylor, a supporter who has sung at Obama fundraisers and appeared at a state dinner in June in honor of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The campaign said its goal is to have something for everyone. Although, with a nod to its younger fans, the campaign posted the list on its Tumblr site with the note “No casting aspersions on Earth, Wind & Fire, now.”

But — surprising in a year when Hispanic voters are expected to play a huge and possibly decisive role in the election — there are British and Canadian acts,  just one Latin artist – Puerto Rican-born Ricky Martin – makes the list – in a duet with Joss Stone, the British singer, “The Best Thing about Me is You,” which has a reggae beat.

The New York Daily News noted some other genres that did not make the cut, saying, “In a list of nearly 30 ditties, not a single hip-hop track turns up (though Obama himself has some on his iPod). There’s no metal, and definitely no trendy dubstep. Maybe they’re taking the Skrillex vote for granted.”

U2, whose “City of Blinding Light” has been a long-time staple of Obama events, is still in favor, with “Even Better than the Real Thing,” and there are country music tracks, including Sugarland’s “Stand Up” and Dierks Bentley’s “Home.”

But there are newer tracks as well, like “You’ve got the Love” by Florence + The Machine, and “Tonight’s the Kind of Night” from the English indie folk band “Noah and the Whale.”

The campaign released its list on different social media. Here is the version from the link on the Obama Facebook page:

“Different People” (No Doubt) … “Got to Get You in My Life” – Live (Earth, Wind & Fire) … “Green Onions” (Booker T. & The MG’s) … “I Got You” (Wilco) … “Keep on Pushing” (The Impressions) … “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) …
“Roll With The Changes” (REO Speedwagon) … “Keep Marchin'” (Raphael Saadiq) … “Tonight’s the Kind of Night” (Noah and The Whale) … “Keep Me in Mind” (Zac Brown Band)…. “The Weight” (Aretha Franklin… “Even Better than The Real Thing” (U2) …  “Home” (Dierks Bentley) … “Everyday America” (Sugarland) … “Learn to Live” (Darius Rucker) … “Let’s Stay Together” (Al Green) … “Mr. Blue Sky” (Electric Light Orchestra)

PICTURE CREDIT: Singer James Taylor tries out the podium in the White House briefing room after receiving the 2010 National Medal of Arts by President Obama. REUTERS/Larry Downing

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