The White House joined Spotify today, creating daytime and evening playlists featuring some of President Obama’s favorite summer songs. On the daytime playlist — Aretha Franklin’s “Rock Steady.” Enjoy the full “Day” playlist, featuring The Queen Of Soul, below!
The President’s Summer Playlist: Day
- 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
“I just told them that other than being the Motor City and the place where cars and stars and fabulous people live that Motown, Detroit, is a rallying city, and that’s one of the things I like most about Detroit. When people are down and out, Detroit will rally.“
Read more about Aretha’s experience mentoring the contestants of American Idol XIV this week over on Billboard.com! Missed last night’s episode? Click here to watch now or press play below.
Last night, Aretha opened the Motown-themed episode for American Idol XIV‘s Top 8 with a stirring performance of “I Will Survive (The Aretha Version)” from her latest album Aretha Sings The Great Diva Classics. In case you missed it or couldn’t tune in, click here to watch the performance now or press play below!
Photo: Jeff Kowalsky/FOX
Watch tonight’s special Motown-themed episode of American Idol to see Aretha Franklin perform her version of “I Will Survive”! The show starts at 8pm ET on FOX. Aretha will also appear on tomorrow’s episode to mentor contestants. Click here for more information and local listings.
“I Will Survive (The Aretha Version)” is available now on iTunes from Aretha’s latest album Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics