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What a mix! Al Green and Arcade Fire hit President Obama's playlist

President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign playlist, otherwise known as the music that will set the tone for his upcoming rallies and other campaign-related appearances, was revealed on Facebook Thursday morning, and the rundown is filled with a surprising mix of old and new hits that hint at hope and the promise of staying together.


Well, given that message, there is one song that isn't really much of a surprise. Al Green's classic tune, "Let's Stay Together," which recently earned the president plenty of praise when he sang a sample of it at New York's legendary Apollo Theater, made the cut. Still, seeing Green's song alongside Arcade Fire's "We Used to Wait," ELO's "Mr. Blue Sky" and “Keep Me In Mind” from the Zac Brown Band makes for an overall unexpected assortment.

Just check out the rest of the list:

“Keep on Pushing” -- The Impressions
“Love You I Do” -- Jennifer Hudson
“Different People” -- No Doubt
“Stand Up” -- Sugarland
“Got to Get You Into My Life” -- Earth, Wind & Fire
"Green Onions” -- Booker T & The MG’s
“I Got You” -- Wilco
“This” -- Darius Rucker
“You've Got the Love” - Florence and the Machine
“Keep Reachin' Up” -- Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators
“Even Better Than The Real Thing” -- U2
“No Nostalgia” -– AgesAndAges
“Your Smiling Face” -- James Taylor
“Raise Up” -- Ledisi

“Everyday America” -- Sugarland
“My Town” -- Montgomery Gentry
“The Best Thing about Me Is You” -- Ricky Martin, featuring Joss Stone
“You are the Best Thing” -- Ray Lamontagne
“Roll with the Changes” --  REO Speedwagon
“Learn to Live” -- Darius Rucker
“Keep Marchin'” -- Raphael Saadiq
“Tonight's The Kind of Night” -- Noah and the Whale
“We Take Care of Our Own” -- Bruce Springsteen
“The Weight” -- Aretha Franklin
“Home” -- Dierks Bentley

The full playlist has been published to popular music-sharing program Spotify.

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