Thanks to Spotify, you can jam to Capitol Hill’s favorite songs

WASHINGTON — Sen. Cory Booker seems like a hard-charging guy. He raised eyebrows with a fiery speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. A year later, the former Newark, New Jersey mayor won the general election to become the state’s first black U.S. senator.

Given his personality, we can see Booker getting amped to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks,” but Irene Cara’s “Flashdance”?!


On Sunday, Spotify released Booker’s playlist — a whopping seven-hour collection of soul, hip-hop and rock — in a news item called “Capital Tunes,” which also included the playlists of 19 other congressional members. Other highlights on Booker’s list includes Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

On the other hand, Sen. Orrin Hatch seems to prefer a much lighter listen: Ray Charles’ “Georgia on My Mind,” Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me,” and Tony Bennett’s “The Way You Look Tonight,” among other tracks.

Of all the lists, though, House Speaker Paul Ryan’s might be the most telling: “Under Pressure” is the lead track, and “Bitter Sweet Symphony” stands out, among other more interesting song titles.

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