inauguration 2021

Toronto artist Charlotte Day Wilson is featured on Biden's inauguration playlist

If you're one of the hundreds of millions of people who are tuning in to the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris this afternoon, you may want to have a listen to the official playlist to make the experience complete — and, surprisingly, to hear a more local sound.

The 46-song (for the 46th president), three hour-long soundtrack compiled by music consultancy company Raedio and DJ D-Nice includes a ton of feel-good jams suited perfectly for the occassion of welcoming the new administration.

Among hits that run the gamut from Bob Marley's Could You Be Loved to Tame Impala's Let It Happen is one amazing collaboration from two Canadian artists, one of whom is from Toronto.

What You Need, the 2019 single from Montreal-based Haitian-Canadian R&Ber Kayranada and Toronto singer-songwriter Charlotte Day Wilson, holds a coveted spot on the list, which was sanctioned by the Biden Inaugural Committee itself and is available for streaming on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal.

Twenty-eight-year-old Wilson shared the exciting via social media earlier this week with the cheeky caption "just putting this here, because Kay and I are on this hehe."

Fitting lyrics of "it's what you need, what you need" run over chilled-out tune and catchy beat that makes you want to get up and dance to commemmorate today (if you're not doing that already).

As Biden said in his speech, "This is democracy's day... We've learned again that democracy is precious, democracy is fragile, and at this hour my friends, democracy has prevailed."

Lead photo by


Latest Videos

Latest Videos

Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Music

Fans devastated after SZA cancels Toronto concert again after postponing last minute

Tennis stadium will be transformed into Toronto's newest live music venue

The world's first Taylor Swift trivia escape room is coming to Toronto

Fans line up for hours outside Toronto club after Drake makes surprise appearance

KISS abruptly cancels Toronto show and people are fuming

Drake shows off Toronto to the world in over-the-top new video

Toronto ranked the most visited music tour destination in the world

Green Day coming to Toronto in 2024 and they're bringing other 90s throwback bands