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Barack Obama selects Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen for personalized playlist

FILE - In this April 14, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House, in Washington during an "In Performance at the White House" concert series. The White House is launching an official channel on the popular music streaming service Spotify with a pair of playlists it says President Barack Obama created himself.
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August 15, 2015 - 8:00 PM

TORONTO - It seems U.S. President Barack Obama's musical taste crosses borders.

Obama on Friday tweeted links to a pair of summer playlists — one for daytime, another for after the sun sets — as the White House launched a channel on Spotify.

Two Canadians were among the president's picks.

Joni Mitchell's jazzy "Help Me" — from her 1974 smash "Court and Spark" — and Leonard Cohen's ballad "Suzanne" were both included on, of course, the nighttime mix.

Artists on the president's sunny side included Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and the Bobs — Dylan and Marley.

On the after-dark list, meanwhile, he also found space for Al Green, Frank Sinatra, Beyonce, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday and others.


"Ain't Too Proud to Beg" - The Temptations

"Live It Up" - Isley Brothers

"Memories Live" - Talib Kweli & Hi Tek

"Tombstone Blues" - Bob Dylan

"So Much Trouble in the World" - Bob Marley

"Paradise" - Coldplay

"Tengo Un Trato (Remix)" - Mala Rodriguez

"Wang Dang Doodle" - Howlin' Wolf

"Another Star" - Stevie Wonder

"Hot Fun in the Summertime" - Sly & the Family Stone

"Boozophilia" - Low Cut Connie

"Wherever Is Your Heart" - Brandi Carlile

"Good Day" - Nappy Roots

"Green Light" - John Legend

"Gimme Shelter" - Rolling Stones

"Rock Steady" - Aretha Franklin

"Down Down the Deep River" - Okkervil River

"Pusher Love Girl" - Justin Timberlake

"Shake It Out" - Florence + The Machine

"La Salsa La Traigo Yo" - Sonora Carruseles


"My Favorite Things" - John Coltrane

"Superpower" (featuring Frank Ocean) - Beyonce

"Moondance" - Van Morrison

"Is Your Love Big Enough?" - Lianne La Havas

"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" - Al Green

"Red & White & Blue & Gold" - Aoife O'Donovan

"Nothing Even Matters" - Lauryn Hill

"The Best Is Yet to Come" - Frank Sinatra

"You Don't Know Me" - Ray Charles

"I Found My Everything" - Mary J Blige

"Help Me" - Joni Mitchell

"I've Got Dreams to Remember" - Otis Redding

"Suzanne" - Leonard Cohen

"Feeling Good" - Nina Simone

"Stubborn Love" - The Lumineers

"Until" - Cassandra Wilson

"UMI Says" - Mos Def

"The Very Thought of You" - Billie Holiday

"Flamenco Sketches" - Miles Davis

"Woo" - Erykah Badu

— With files from The Associated Press

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