Romney and Obama sound off with playlists

Posted at 9:58 PM, Mar 09, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-09 21:58:48-05

(CNN) — Supporters of presidential candidates can friend, follow, retweet, and, of course, vote, and now, fans of Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama can listen to their playlists.

Turns out former Massachusetts governor Romney jives to country and rock tunes when not singing the hymns of America.

And Obama, who crooned a few bars of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” has a campaign playlist. And “Let’s Stay Together” is entry No. 18 of 29.

Romney’s 19-track mix — released Thursday on the music-sharing site Spotify — is a collection of the candidate’s favored melodies.

“Spending a lot of time on the road means you have to carry good music,” tweeted Romney, who spent the day stumping in Mississippi and Alabama.

There are odes to his home states, including two by Michigan artists and another titled “The MTA (The Boston Subway Song).” Kid Rock, of Detroit, performed “Born Free” at a Romney rally last month, and the hit appears on Romney’s mix.

Released as Romney flirts with the voters in states that go to the polls on Tuesday, his mix is notably devoid of artists hailing from the November swing states. His country, rock and pop-heavy compilation features The Beach Boys, Johnny Cash, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, as well as Tim McGraw, Toby Keith and Carrie Underwood.

The Obama campaign mix also has a few favorites from the candidate’s hometown, including “Sweet Home Chicago” by The Blues Brothers.