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Stacey Anderson explores the music of Barack Obama's presidency

The Pitchfork editor pays tribute to Obama through the songs that soundtracked his time as president in her q Playlist.
President Barack Obama shakes hands with rapper Kendrick Lamar during an Independence Day Celebration on July 4, 2016 at the White House in Washington, DC. (AFP/Getty Images)

Regardless of his politics, Barack Obama was a president unlike one we've ever seen. He releases playlists on Spotify, he makes trips to the South by Southwest music festival held each year in Austin, Texas, and he's also a music connoisseur.  As Obama exits the Oval Office, we look back at his presidency through the songs that characterized it.

Stacey Anderson is the Associate Features Editor at Pitchfork and she's written extensively on how Obama's presidency has intersected with American pop culture. She even met the president at his first and last South by South Lawn music festival hosted on the White House grounds last year. Her q Playlist pays tribute to Obama's presidency through the songs that soundtracked it. Check out her picks below:


Jay Z, "Dirt Off Your Shoulder"

Beyoncé, "At Last"

Al Green, "Let's Stay Together"

Lin Manuel Miranda, "Alexander Hamilton"

Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"

Public Enemy, "Fight The Power"

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