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President leans on contemporary Christmas classics while vice president’s family prefers to rock out


Celebrate Christmas White House-style thanks to a pair of seasonal playlists curated by the Obamas and the Bidens

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Celebrate Christmas White House-style thanks to a pair of seasonal playlists curated by the Obamas and the Bidens. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden unwrapped their personal holiday playlists through the White House’s Spotify channel, with “Holidays With the Obamas” leaning heavily on contemporary versions of yuletide classics courtesy of Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, the Jackson 5 and Boyz II Men to get into the Christmas spirit.

The Biden family’s playlist, “Holidays With the Bidens,” is a tad more eclectic with a mix of rocking Christmas tracks (Bruce Springsteen’s “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” U2’s “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime”), carols and iconic singers (Ella Fitzgerald, Mary J. Blige, Neil Diamond, Tony Bennett). Biden’s holidays mix also boasts Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars,” Bennett and Lady Gaga’s “Cheek to Cheek” and George Thorogood’s “Delaware Slide,” a nod to the former Delaware senator’s roots.

Check out the Obamas’ and the Bidens’ playlists below:

“Holidays With the Obamas” Playlist
1. Vince Guaraldi Trio – “O Tannenbaum” (A Charlie Brown Christmas)
2. Boyz II Men – “Let It Snow”
3. Mariah Carey – “All I Want for Christmas Is You”
4. The Jackson 5 – “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”
5. Destiny’s Child – “8 Days of Christmas”
6. Stevie Wonder – “Someday at Christmas”
7. Nat King Cole – “The Christmas Song”
8. Ledisi – “Silent Night”
9. Yolanda Adams – “Do You Hear What I Hear”
10. Kenny Burrell – “Away In A Manger”
11. Eartha Kitt – “Santa Baby”
12. Frank Sinatra – “The First Noel”
13. Luther Vandross – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
14. Whitney Houston – “Little Drummer Boy”

“Holidays With the Bidens” Playlist
1. Bruce Springsteen – “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”
2. Neil Diamond – “You Make it Feel Like Christmas”
3. Ella Fitzgerald – “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”
4. Andrea Bocelli – “Adeste fidelis”
5. Govannen – “Wexford Carol”
6. Mary J. Blige – “This Christmas”
7. Coldplay – “A Sky Full of Stars”
8. Kenny Loggins – “Celebrate Me Home”
9. George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers – “Delaware Slide”
10. Bruce Springsteen – “Merry Christmas Baby”
11. Tony Bennett – “Snowfall”
12. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett – “Cheek to Cheek”
13. Percy Faith – “We Need a Little Christmas”
14. U2 – “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”
15. Diana Krall – “Jingle Bells”
16. Tom Petty – “Christmas All Over Again”
17. Paul McCartney – “Wonderful Christmastime”

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