Dylan, Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Jay-Z and Yo-Yo Ma all have the candidate's ear

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated June 25, 2008 11:20 AM

When it comes to who’s got Barack Obama’s ear, the Democratic presidential candidate can turn to a troubadour, a classical cellist, a rocker and a rapper.

“I have pretty eclectic tastes,” Obama, revealing the contents of his iPod, tells Rolling Stone for its issue due Friday.

As a Baby Boomer whose musical tastes were formed during the ’70s, the 46-year-old – besides leaning toward Bob Dylan, Yo-Yo Ma, Sheryl Crow and Jay-Z – also favors the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder, as well as jazz legends Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Charlie Parker, reports the Associated Press, which obtained a preview of the interview.

Several of those featured on the candidate’s playlist also back his bid for the presidency, including Bruce Springsteen and Dylan, who on June 5 told the London Times, Obama is ‘changin’ America and “redefining the nature of politics from the ground up.”

“I’ve got to say, having both Dylan and Bruce Springsteen say kind words about you is pretty remarkable. Those guys are icons,” Obama tells Rolling Stone, which has a tradition of endorsing Democratic candidates going back to George McGovern’s 1972 run against Richard Nixon. Obama received the magazine’s nod in March.

Asked for his view of hip-hop, the Illinois senator said, “I am troubled sometimes by the misogyny and materialism of a lot of rap lyrics, but I think the genius of the art form has shifted the culture and helped to desegregate music.”

Obama also praised Russell Simmons, Jay-Z and Ludacris as “great talents and great businessmen,” but added, “It would be nice if I could have my daughters [Malia, 9, and Sasha, 7] listen to their music without me worrying that they were getting bad images of themselves.”