Barack Obama Names His Favorite Songs of the Year

Former President Barack Obama has dropped his hot list of favorite songs from this year.

“It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved, Obama said of his list. " It also gives me a chance to highlight talented authors, artists, and storytellers – some who are household names and others who you may not have heard of before.”

Here are some of the songs that made the cut: 

  • “Apeshit,” by The Carters
  • “Bad Bad News,” by Leon Bridges
  • “Could’ve Been,” by H.E.R. (feat. Bryson Tiller)
  • “Disco Yes,” by Tom Misch (feat. Poppy Ajudha)
  • “Ekombe” by Jupiter & Okwess
  • “Every Time I Hear That Song,” by Brandi Carlile
  • “Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” by Ashley McBryde
  • “Historia De Un Amor,” by Tonina (feat. Javier Limón and Tali Rubinstein)
  • “I Like It,” by Cardi B (feat. Bad Bunny and J Balvin)
  • “Kevin’s Heart,” by J. Cole
  • “King For A Day,” by Anderson East
  • “Love Lies,” by Khalid & Normani
  • “Make Me Feel,” by Janelle Monáe
  • “Mary Don’t You Weep (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version),” by Prince
  • “My Own Thing” by Chance the Rapper (feat. Joey Purp)
  • “Need a Little Time” by Courtney Barnett
  • “Nina Cried Power,” by Hozier (feat. Mavis Staples)
  • “Nterini,” by Fatoumata Diawara
  • “One Trick Ponies,” by Kurt Vile
  • “Turnin’ Me Up,” by BJ the Chicago Kid
  • “Wait by the River,” by Lord Huron
  • “Wow Freestyle,” by Jay Rock (feat. Kendrick Lamar)


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