Barack Obama Closes 2019 With List of Favorite Music


As 2019 comes to a close, Barack Obama is finishing out the year with his annual list of favorite things.

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Obama’s Annual List of Favorites Is His “Fun Little Tradition”

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.”

Featured Artists Respond to Making the List

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:

The Complete List of Obama’s Favorite Music of 2019

  • Summer Walker – “Playing Games”
  • Big Thief – “Not”
  • KAYTRANADA feat. SiR – “Go DJ”
  • Lizzo – “Juice”
  • The Highwomen – “Redesigning Women”
  • Burna Boy – “Anybody”
  • Ozuna feat. Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Farruko and Anuel AA – “Baila Baila Baila (Remix)”
  • Adia Victoria – “Different Kind of Love”
  • Mavis Staples – “Change”
  • Koffee – “Toast”
  • The National – “Oblivions”
  • Solange – “Binz”
  • Sharon Van Etten – “Seventeen”
  • J. Cole – “Middle Child”
  • Angelica Garcia – “Jícama”
  • The Black Keys – “Go”
  • Angélique Kidjo – “La Vida Es Un Carnaval (Rollo Tomasi Remix)”
  • Alicia Keys feat. Miguel – “Show Me Love”
  • Goldlink feat. Ari Pensmith – “Joke Ting”
  • Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)”
  • Prateek Kuhad – “cold/mess”
  • DaBaby – “Suge”
  • Bruce Springsteen – “Hello Sunshine”
  • Frank Ocean – “In My Room”
  • Rema – “Iron Man”
  • Young Thug feat. J. Cole and Travis Scott – “The London”
  • LesTheGenius feat. Sonny Miles and Jaxson Free – “Raleighwood Hills”
  • Mustard feat. Migos – “Pure Water”
  • Dominic Fike – “3 Nights”
  • Joe Henry – “The Fact of Love”
  • Rosalía – “Con Altura”
  • Snoh Aalegra – “I Want You Around”
  • Wale feat. Jeremih – “On Chill”
  • Beyoncé – “Mood 4 Eva”