Biden and Harris’ Inauguration Day playlist feels extremely Gen Z and we’re not mad at it
After four long years, we made it guys. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are set to be sworn in to the offices of the President and Vice President tomorrow January 20, 2021 and to commemorate the momentous occasion, the Biden-Harris inaugural committee released a playlist of 46 songs (a nod to being the 46th president, natch), and based on the artists in this playlist and the fact that Gen Z has been stanning Joe Biden on TikTok all year, this too-cool-for-school playlist is truly, for the kids.
Featuring artists like Dua Lipa, SZA, Kygo, and Mac Miller, the inauguration day playlist is basically your teen’s Spotify playlist and uh, “slaps,” as the kids would say. But are we surprised? Because Gen Z has been loud and proud about sharing their love (and sometimes, thirst) for Biden the only way they know how: through TikTok.
NBC exit polls state that 65% of voters between the ages of 18 and 24 voted for Biden, so it only makes sense that the inauguration playlist would be made with the youths in mind. Created in partnership with producer and rapper DJ D-Nice and actress Issa Rae’s music label, Raedio, and available on all major streaming services, the 46-song list may be aggressively cool, but it actually does have something for every generation of Biden supporter. The playlist has Bruce Springsteen and Bill Withers for the boomers, Mary J. Blige and Beyonce for the elder millennials, and Major Lazer and Kygo for the overlapping venn diagram generation that includes Biden fans and Coachella enthusiasts.
Rolling Stone reports that the playlist also includes the songs that the President and VP will walk onstage to. For Biden, he’s walking out to “We Take Care of Our Own” by Bruce Springsteen, which is extremely on-brand for Biden. Harris is walking to “Work That” by Mary J. Blige, and we love it. Jill Biden is coming out to “You Make My Dreams (Come True)” by Hall & Oates, which is just perfect for her. And Harris’ husband and soon-to-be “Second Gentleman” Doug Emhoff will enter to “You Get What You Give” by New Radicals aka the ultimate ’90s throwback.
“These songs and artists reflect the relentless spirit and rich diversity of America. They are the score to a new chapter and will help bring people together as the Biden-Harris Administration begins its important work to unite our country,” the Presidential Inaugural Committee’s CEO, Tony Allen, said in a statement.
Not gonna lie, I put this playlist on and watched some memes about Inauguration Day on TikTok and I’m already feeling the calm of better days wash over me.