Spotify unveils Barack Obama’s shower playlist after former president tells Bruce Springsteen he’s a ‘shower singer’

Clémence Michallon
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Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama have a new podcast on Spotify (Spotify)
Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama have a new podcast on Spotify (Spotify)

Spotify has unveiled Barack Obama’s shower playlist after the former president told Bruce Springsteen he’s not embarrassed about singing during his ablutions.

Springsteen asked Obama whether he’s a “shower singer” in the latest episode of the podcast they co-host, Renegades.

“Absolutely,” Obama said. “I sing in the shower. I sing outside of the shower. I am unembarrassed about singing. Umm, my daughters and my wife sometimes roll their eyes.”

On Wednesday, Spotify shared what it called Obama’s “Shower World Tour setlist”.

The playlist naturally includes several songs by Springsteen, such as “Born in the USA”, “American Skin (41 Shots)”, and “Born to Run”. It also features Patti Smith’s classic “Because the Night”, which Smith co-wrote with Springsteen.

Read more: Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama discuss race in America on Renegades podcast

Also included are Bob Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm”, Stevie Wonder’s “Living For the City”, Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit”, and The Beatles’ “Come Together”.

The full playlist can be viewed here.

During his conversation with Springsteen, Obama also said he was “ known to have been scolded by [his] staff” for “doing some air guitar stuff on Air Force One” – which they worried would be seen by journalists.

Renegades has also included more serious exchanges between Obama and Springsteen.

In the podcast’s second episode, they discussed race in America, with Springsteen asking: “How do you hold the same country that sent man to the moon with being the same country of Jim Crow? You don’t make peace with that obviously, but… how do you sort of hold that being the same America?”

“I think that… it is… partly because we never went through a true reckoning,” Obama says in response, “and so we just buried one huge part of our experience and our citizenry in our minds.”