Barack Obama's 2019 Summer Playlist Boosted Sales for Every Artist Featured (UPDATE)

Including SZA, Mac Miller, Drake, and more.

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UPDATE (September 5, 2019): Late last month former U.S. President Barack Obama dropped his annual Summer playlist. Since being released, the playlist has helped boost sales for every single artist he featured, according to Billboard.

Additionally, only 39 of the tracks saw an increase in streaming. The five songs that experienced a decline in streams were “Mood 4 Eva” (Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, and Oumou Sangaré), “Señorita” (Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello), “Brown Eyed Girl” (Van Morrison), “Boo’d Up” (Ella Mai), and “Old Town Road” (Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus).

Take a complete look at the number of streams all 44 songs earned in the week after Obama shared the playlist below.

1. Drake featuring Rihanna, “Too Good”
1.1 million U.S. streams (up 23%)

2. The Spinners, “I’ll Be Around”
765,000 U.S. streams (up 23%)

3. Beyoncé, JAY-Z & Childish Gambino featuring Oumou Sangaré, “Mood 4 Eva”
1.2 million U.S. streams (down 3%)

4. Maggie Rogers, “Burning”
440,000 U.S. streams (up 32%)

5. The Avener & Phoebe Killdeer, “Fade Out Lines (The Avener Rework)”
210,000 U.S. streams (up 95%)

6. Lizzo, “Juice”
6.4 million U.S. streams (up 25%)

7. Steely Dan, “Reelin’ In The Years”
956,000 U.S. streams (up 5%)

8. Terence Trent D’Arby, “Who’s Loving You”
77,000 U.S. streams (up 2,732%)

9. Stevie Wonder, “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing”
250,000 U.S. streams (up 52%)

10. GoldLink featuring Ari PenSmith, “Joke Ting”
305,000 U.S. streams (up 64%)

11. Sharon Van Etten, “Seventeen”
185,000 U.S. streams (up 76%)

12. Lauryn Hill, “Doo-Wop (That Thing)”
1.4 million U.S. streams (up 11%)

13. Raphael Saadiq, “100 Yard Dash”
94,000 U.S. streams (up 387%)

14. Frank Sinatra, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”
563,000 U.S. streams (up 19%)

15. Daniel Caesar featuring H.E.R., “Best Part”
4.5 million U.S. streams (up 7%)

16. BJ the Chicago Kid featuring Anderson .Paak, “Feel The Vibe”
200,000 U.S. streams (up 66%)

17. Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello, “Señorita”
33.2 million U.S. streams (down 4%)

18. Dobie Gray, “Drift Away”
583,000 U.S. streams (up 12%)

19. Sounds of Blackness, “Hold On (Change is Comin’)”
184,000 U.S. streams (up 54%)

20. Van Morrison, “Brown Eyed Girl”
3.5 million U.S. streams (down 5%)

21. Donny Hathaway, “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know”
115,000 U.S. streams (up 129%)

22. SZA, “Go Gina”
442,000 U.S. streams (up 31%)

23. 2 Chainz featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz & Jhené Aiko, “It’s A Vibe”
2.3 million U.S. streams (up 4%)

24. Mac Miller featuring Anderson .Paak, “Dang!”
1 million U.S. streams (up 13%)

25. Ella Fitzgerald, “How High the Moon”
70,000 U.S. streams (up 431%)

26. Erick Sermon featuring Marvin Gaye, “Music”
293,000 U.S. streams (up 23%)

27. The Black Keys, “Go”
497,000 U.S. streams (up 9%)

28. Koffee, “Toast”
1.8 million U.S. streams (up 8%)

29. Ella Mai, “Boo’d Up”
4.3 million U.S. streams (down 1%)

30. DJ Khaled featuring Beyoncé & JAY-Z, “Shining”
434,000 U.S. streams (up 2%)

31. Rosalía & J Balvin featuring El Guincho, “Con Altura”
4.8 million U.S. streams (up 8%)

32. Charles Mingus, “II B.S.”
52,000 U.S. streams (up 730%)

33. Jill Scott, “It’s Love”
121,000 U.S. streams (up 76%)

34. The Rolling Stones, “Happy”
134,000 U.S. streams (up 59%)

35. John Legend, “Alright”
79,000 U.S. streams (up 188%)

36. Esperanza Spalding, “Espera”
39,000 U.S. streams (up 2,057%)

37. Toots & The Maytals, “54-46 Was My Number”
178,000 U.S. streams (up 33%)

38. The Youngbloods, “Get Together”
342,000 U.S. streams (up 13%)

39. Anthony Hamilton, “Float”
62,000 U.S. streams (up 223%)

40. Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road”
42.2 million U.S. streams (down 12%)

41. Robin Thicke, “Can U Believe”
58,000 U.S. streams (up 324%)

42. Rema, “Iron Man”
90,000 U.S. streams (up 182%)

43. Q-Tip featuring D’Angelo, “Believe”
48,000 U.S. streams (up 656%)

44. A Tribe Called Quest, “Can I Kick It?”
596,000 U.S. streams (up 12%)


Original Story (August 26, 2019): Over the weekend, former President Barack Obama shared his summer 2019 playlist via his social media accounts. He of course had some help from the Mrs., sharing, “With summer winding down, here’s a sampling of what Michelle and I have been listening to—some new, some old, some fast, some slow,” in the post’s caption. “Hope you enjoy.”

President Obama’s 2019 Summer Playlist includes of bevy of this year’s bangers such as Beyoncé’s “MOOD 4 EVA” featuring JAY-Z and Childish Gambino. The aforementioned track was featured on Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift album, which released earlier this summer.

Elsewhere the 44-track playlist stretches from Steely Dan to 2 Chainz, from the Rolling Stones to Lil Nas X, from Frank Sinatra to Lizzo. Drake‘s 2016 album Views is also spotlighted.

Although Obama is no longer the U.S. President, he still continues to impress the country with his infectious charm. Check out Obama’s full 2019 Summer Playlist below.

In more music-related news, listen to Vic Mensa’s punk rock album 93PUNX.

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