President Barack Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia shop for books at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C., on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama’s Summer Picks

This week, President Obama shared his playlist of songs for the summer — two sets of hand-picked tracks including songs from Prince, Aretha Franklin, Common, Chance the Rapper, Manu Chao, and Caetano Veloso.

And today, the President is sharing his official summer reading list — a mix of fiction and nonfiction, including a science fiction epic and a Pulitzer Prize-winning surf memoir.

Check out the President’s summer picks:

President Obama’s 2016 Summer Playlist: Day

  1. LoveHate Thing — Wale
  2. Smooth Sailin’ — Leon Bridges
  3. Elevator Operator — Courtney Barnett
  4. Home — Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  5. Many the Miles — Sara Bareilles
  6. Tightrope — Janelle Monáe
  7. Classic Man — Jidenna
  8. So Ambitious — Jay Z feat. Pharrell
  9. Me Gustas Tu — Manu Chao
  10. Forever Begins — Common
  11. The Man — Aloe Blacc
  12. As We Enter — Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
  13. Sinnerman — Nina Simone
  14. U Got the Look — Prince
  15. Rock Steady — Aretha Franklin
  16. Good Vibrations — Beach Boys
  17. Don’t Owe You A Thang — Gary Clark Jr.
  18. Man Like That — Gin Wigmore
  19. II B.S. (edit) — Charles Mingus

Listen on Spotify.

President Obama’s 2016 Summer Playlist: Night

  1. If I Have My Way — Chrisette Michele
  2. Espera — Esperanza Spalding
  3. Tell It Like It Is — Aaron Neville
  4. Alright — Ledisi
  5. Trapped By A Thing Called Love — Denise LaSalle
  6. Lady — D’Angelo
  7. So Very Hard to Go — Tower of Power
  8. Midnight Sun — Carmen McRae
  9. Cucurrucucú ​Paloma — Caetano Veloso
  10. Green Aphrodisiac — Corinne Bailey Rae
  11. I’ll Be There for You / You’re All I Need — Mary J. Blige / Method Man
  12. Lover Man — Billie Holiday
  13. Criminal — Fiona Apple
  14. Acid Rain — Chance the Rapper
  15. My Funny Valentine — Miles Davis
  16. Do You Feel Me — Anthony Hamilton
  17. I Get Lonely — Janet Jackson
  18. Lean In — Lizz Wright
  19. All Day Music — War
  20. Say Yes — Floetry

Listen on Spotify.

President Obama’s 2016 Summer Reading List

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Read the President’s list from 2015.

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