As 2019 comes to a close, Barack Obama is finishing out the year with his annual list of favorite things.
On Facebook, the former president explains that his annual list of favorites “has become a fun little tradition” for him.
Obama explains, “Because while each of us has plenty that keeps us busy—work and family life, social and volunteer commitments—outlets like literature and art can enhance our day-to-day experiences,” adding, “They’re the fabric that helps make up a life.”
This year’s list of favorite music includes plenty of songs that came out over the course of 2019, but some songs are older that were new to the former president.
You’ll likely notice that some of the songs that made the end-of-year list were also included in Obama’s summer playlist, like Lizzo’s “Juice” and “Old Town Road (Remix)” from Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus. However, there’s plenty of fresh tracks on here too, such as “Oblivions” from The National, Bruce Springsteen’s “Hello Sunshine,” and DaBaby’s “Suge.”
Some of the featured artists are having a hard time containing their excitement, and have expressed their gratitude on Twitter in response.
Lizzo wrote, “I love you so much Mr. Obama.. thanks for assisting me with my morning cry.” Amanda Shires from The Highwomen also chimed in, thanking the former president for including her band and added, “Also, love that @DaBabyDaBaby.”
It’s safe to say that Obama has a pretty eclectic taste in music, and there’s certainly something for everyone. The list features 35 tracks from a wide variety of musical genres. Check out the full list here: