We may know of their foreign policy, but what exactly do presidents- both past and current – love to jam out to? President Obama listens to a wide array of genres while Bush seems to stick to the classics. No matter what type of music, their taste clearly reflects on their style and personality.
In honor of Presidents’ Day and because we love music as much as you do, we’ve compiled a list of some of the president’s favorite tracks since President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953. Since many of these artists are popular musicians from their era, we’ve assembled a Spotify playlist of the most known songs that will take you through a musical trip from decades past.
And, to really get to know about your favorite presidents, we’ve included lists of events that fit their personalities. Which president are you most like?
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, President Obama said he has over 2,000 songs on his playlist. While we all know he loves Beyonce, his music taste spans numerous genres. From Motown to Rock, Obama seems to listen to it all! Check out these tracks on his playlist. We definitely think he should check out Arcade Fire and Bruce Springsteen on tour! And of course, he most likely will be attending a NCAA March Madness game – his favorite sport! As for Broadway, Motown the Musical definitely fits the laidback person that he is.
- Ready or Not – Fugees
- We Used to Wait – Arcade Fire
- Even Better Than the Real Thing – U2
- We Take Care of Our Own – Bruce Springsteen
- Gimme Shelter – Rolling Stones
George W. Bush
Sticking with the classics, it is clear that Mr. Bush enjoys simplistic Rock. Bush is mentioned in over 20 songs by artists such as Wilco, Public Enemy, and Pearl Jam! While those artists aren’t on his playlist, we’re sure he enjoyed the shout out! In accordance to his favorite tracks, he should definitely check out John Fogerty on tour.
- Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
- Centerfield – John Fogerty
- My Sharona – The Knack
Did you know that Bill Clinton plays the saxophone, and is a big fan of Fleetwood Mac. Their “Don’t Stop” became his presidential campaign theme song. Below are some of his other favorite tunes- both Elton John and Willie Nelson are included, who are both on tour now! Because of his adventurous spirit, we might suggest Monster AMA Supercross and the hilarious musical The Book of Mormon!
In 1937, Ronald Reagan moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. His wife Nancy was also an actress, being featured on Broadway. We’re sure he would have loved the current production of Phantom of the Opera playing now in Chicago! Hopefully he got the chance to see Bruce Springsteen live! Disney on Ice most likely would have been his go to family event as he had 4 children he loved to spend time with. Check out some of his go to songs:
- Nancy (With the Laughing Face) – Frank Sinatra
- Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
John F. Kennedy
Slow, thoughtful songs seemed to be JFKs favorite music. Because of this we think he would have enjoyed seeing Jack Johnson live on tour! What do you think? And, as a Massachusetts native, the Boston Celtics surely were the team he rooted for!
- Greensleeves – Mozart
- Blue Skies – Frank Sinatra
- September Song – Walter Huston
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Obviously a fan of classic American tunes, Eisenhower enjoyed listening to songs that demonstrated his love for the country. Below are two timeless American songs. Based on his character, he would have loved the political Broadway show, All The Way as well as the smooth sound of John Legend.
- The Bat Overture – Strauss
- Battle Hymn of the Republic