- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Former President Barack Obama celebrated the release of his new memoir “A Promised Land” on Tuesday by revealing his favorite tunes when in office. The “Promised Land Playlist” includes a sophisticated graphic and a black and white portrait of Mr. Obama from the cover of the 768-page book.

“Music has always played an important role in my life — and that was especially true during my presidency,” he tweeted, advising that the list was meant to honor the release of the memoir — which is the first volume of his two-volume life story.

“I put together this playlist featuring some memorable songs from my administration. Hope you enjoy it,” Mr. Obama said in his message, which was retweeted 40,000 times by noon on Tuesday.

It is a varied roster of songs, and not the first time Mr. Obama has shared his musical favorites. The Obama Foundation, in fact, features his picks from previous years at its website.

Here’s the 2020 version:

“The Weight” by Aretha Franklin tops the list, followed by “The Thrill is Gone” (BB King); “Halo” (Beyonce); “At Last” (Beyonce); “The Times They Are a-Changin” (Bob Dylan); “Only in America” (Brooks & Dunn); “The Rising” (Bruce Springsteen); “Lose Yourself” (Eminem); “Luck Be A Lady” (Frank Sinatra); and “Always Tomorrow” (Gloria Estevan) to round out the top-10.

Next up is “Rhiannon” (Fleetwood Mac); “My 1st Song” (Jay-Z); “My Favorite Things” (John Coltrane); “Freddie Freeloader” (Miles Davis); “Home” (Phillip Phillips); “Michelle” (The Beatles); “Cherish the Day” (Sade); “Signed, Sealed Delivered I’m Yours” (Stevie Wonder); “Sir Duke” (Stevie Wonder) and “Beautiful Day” (U2).

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