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What was on Michelle Obama’s Valentine’s Day playlist?

Former first lady shared her romantic Spotify ‘mixtape’ for Barack

Michelle Obama has wowed Twitter with her romantic Valentine’s Day gesture for Barack.

The former first couple’s open displays of affection after almost 25 years of marriage have long been a source of delight to their admirers - and on the traditional holiday of love, they did not disappoint.

Barack Obama marked the occasion with a cute Instagram picture of the pair on holiday. “You make every day and every place better,” he wrote alongside the snap.

So what songs made the cut?

The Obamas’ love for old-school soul and RnB is well-attested, so the inclusion of tracks by the likes of Ben E. King, Etta James, Stevie Wonder and Luther Vandross comes as no surprise.

More modern entries on the 44-track playlist include Halo by Beyonce, rapper Kendrick Lamar’s LOVE, The Shape of You by Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars smoochfest Marry You.

Rod Stewart, Elton John, Coldplay and Mary J. Blige also make also make the list, which spans a wide umbrella of genres from hip-hop to easy listening.

Predictably, Michelle’s romantic mixtape had Twitter in a tizz:

Many observed that the Obamas’ lovey-dovey social media missives were a far cry from the current First Couple, who are rarely seen interacting in public:

While the less romantically-minded simply applauded Michelle’s taste in music:

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