Brad Paisley, Kelly Clarkson Included On President Obama’s Inaugural Mixtape

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As President Obama prepares for his second inauguration on Monday (Jan. 21), he dropped the Presidential Inauguration playlist on Spotify. The list of songs cuts across demographic divides, including rock, country, soul and R&B. A few highlights include “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” by Stevie WonderJames Taylor‘s “Your Smiling Face,” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway.”

Country fans will be pleased to see that Brad Paisley’s “Mud on the Tires” also made the cut. (Brad is, after all, playing as part of the Presidential Inauguration celebration–and he played at the White House on the Fourth of July last year.)

Stream the Spotify playlist below:


The playlist was announced on the president’s official Twitter page Thursday (January 17).

Hear music from the artists who will be performing at #inaug2013 on the official @spotify playlist: spoti.fi/Wi2gPx

— Obama Inauguration (@obamainaugural) January 17, 2013

Fans of Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen may notice that these two big Obama supporters did not make the playlist. That’s because the songs, chosen by Obama’s campaign staff, reflect the performers who will be taking the stage at one of the official inaugural events.

Last week, it was announced that Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Smokey Robinson, Katy Perry, Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, Usher, Alicia Keys and Brad Paisley would be among the performers at the Inaugural events that kick off Saturday (January 19) in Washington, D.C.

In case you didn’t know, our 44th President loves making Spotify playlists. Others include “Michelle’s Workout Mix” (which is only 38 minutes long – we’re not impressed, FLOTUS), “Supporters Picks” (featuring Bruce Springsteen and Etta James) and “2012 Campaign Playlist” (with appearances by The Boss, Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson).

Obama’s Inauguration Playlist:

1. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” – Stevie Wonder
2. “I Was Here” – Beyoncé
3. “Mi Gente” – Marc Anthony
4. “Carry On” – Fun.
5. “New Day” – Alicia Keys
6. “Mud on the Tires” – Brad Paisley
7. “Turn Up the Love” – Far East Movement
8. “Edge Of Glory” – Glee cast version
9. “Your Smiling Face” – James Taylor
10. “Ordinary People” – John Legend
11. “Firework” – Katy Perry
12. “Breakaway” – Kelly Clarkson
13. “My Mic” – Nick Cannon feat. Biz Markie
14. “Something Special” – Usher
15. “Higher and Higher” – Walt Whitman
16. “Get Ready” – Smokey Robinson
17. “Future” – Mindless Behavior

– Erik Parker & E.J. Judge

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