Barack Obama now has a Spotify account

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Ever the social-media whiz (at least relatively speaking), Barack Obama has signed up for Spotify and released an official 2012 campaign playlist via Tumblr. Bearing the caveat "No casting aspersions on Earth, Wind & Fire, now," the list is comprised of the following:

"Keep Marchin'" – Raphael Saadiq

"Tonight's the Kind of Night" – Noah and the Whale

"We Take Care of Our Own" – Bruce Springsteen

"Keep Me in Mind" – Zac Brown Band

"The Weight" – Aretha Franklin

"Even Better Than the Real Thing" – U2

"Home" – Dierks Bentley

"Different People" – No Doubt

"Got to Get You Into My Life (Live)" – Earth Wind & Fire

"Green Onions" – Booker T. & the MG's

"I Got You" – Wilco

"Keep On Pushing" – The Impressions

"Love You I do" – Jennifer Hudson

"No Nostalgia" – AgesandAges

"Raise Up" – Ledisi

"Stand Up" – Sugarland

"This" – Darius Rucker

"We Used to Wait" – Arcade Fire

"You've Got the Love" – Florence + The Machine

"Your Smiling Face" – James Taylor

"Roll With The Changes" – REO Speedwagon

"Everyday America" – Sugarland

"Learn to Live" – Darius Rucker

"Let's Stay Together" – Al Green

"Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra

"My Town" – Montgomery Gentry

"The Best Thing About Me is You" – Ricky Martin

"You Are the Best Thing" – Ray LaMontagne

There are an equal number of slam-dunk campaign song choices here — Bruce Springsteen and the President's new signature Al Green song come to mind — as there are eyebrow raisers — Darius Rucker and Ricky Martin, we're looking at you. It almost feels too easy to mock this exquisitely generic, focus-group-friendly compilation — Florence + The Machine for the youths! Sugarland for the swing voters! U2 for your dad!

Instead, let us turn this into a lesson in playlist making: pick a theme and commit. You know how inviting every single person you know doesn't usually make for a good party? The same goes for choosing music. As a baby step, let's consider cutting out the alt-country and show tunes. I'm just trying to help you, Barack!