While in office, President Barack Obama provided us with an assortment of magical music moments, from his numerous playlists to his very own music festival. While we’ve been spared President Donald Trump’s hottest jams for the summer months thus far—although, we have received a taste of his foreign interests—Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has taken up the mantle in Obama’s absence and delivered the “cool dad” mixtape we’ve been waiting for.
Awesomely titled “PM Mix,” and complete with a resplendent pink logo that promises a lucrative DJ career post-government, Trudeau shared the self-curated Spotify playlist with his Twitter followers along with the questions, “What am I listening to this summer? What should I be?”
“A mix of old and new favourites currently in heavy rotation on my iPad,” Trudeau wrote on Spotify, and you can just imagine him typing it all out on said iPad, jabbing away with both index fingers. “Nice and mellow for the most part. Pairs well with sunshine and long days…enjoy.”
To kick things off, Trudeau takes it back to 2002 with British electronic duo 1 Giant Leap’s “Braided Hair.” Featuring vocals from Neneh Cherry and Speech, the mixture of record scratches, acoustic pickings, and the crackling drum loop expertly sets the kick-back-and-bob-head mood the prime minister promised.
After a quick stop with Blue Rodeo, Trudeau shows love for the Six God, slotting Drake’s latest single “Signs” in the third slot. From there, the 38-track playlist runs through tracks from the likes of Robert Plant (“29 Palms”), Hans Zimmer (“Now We Are Free,” of course, Trudeau loves Gladiator too), Fiona Apple (“Paper Bag”), Peter Gabriel (“The Book of Love”), and, naturally, “Despacito.”
Now, we’re still waiting on a playlist from Australia’s PM, but we have a feeling we already know what it will look like.
Listen to Trudeau’s Summer 2017 selections below: