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Aretha Franklin Featured In White House Spotify Playlist

White House Spotify playlist

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

  1. Ain’t Too Proud to Beg – The Temptations
  2. Live It Up – Isley Brothers
  3. Memories Live – Talib Kweli & Hi Tek
  4. Tombstone Blues – Bob Dylan
  5. So Much Trouble in the World – Bob Marley
  6. Paradise – Coldplay
  7. Tengo Un Trato (Remix) – Mala Rodriguez
  8. Wang Dang Doodle – Howlin Wolf
  9. Another Star – Stevie Wonder
  10. Hot Fun in the Summertime – Sly & the Family Stone
  11. Boozophilia – Low Cut Connie
  12. Wherever Is Your Heart – Brandi Carlile
  13. Good Day – Nappy Roots
  14. Green Light – John Legend
  15. Gimme Shelter – Rolling Stones
  16. Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin
  17. Down Down the Deep River – Okkervil River
  18. Pusher Love Girl – Justin Timberlake
  19. Shake It Out – Florence + The Machine
  20. La Salsa La Traigo Yo – Sonora Carruseles

Watch Aretha Mentor Contestants Of American Idol XIV & Read About Her Experience On


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! Missed last night’s episode? Click here to watch now or press play below.

Photo: Jeff Kowalsky/FOX

Aretha Franklin To Perform On FOX’s American Idol Tonight, March 4th!


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