Barack Obama completed his annual roundup of favorite arts moments of the year Monday with a list of his favorite music from 2019. As always, it’s an assortment that mixes obvious crowd-pleasers with commendably smart and obscure choices that leave you wondering how the former president has so much time to troll Spotify and/or critics’ picks.
“From hip-hop to country to The Boss, here are my songs of the year,” he wrote. “If you’re looking for something to keep you company on a long drive or help you turn up a workout, I hope there’s a track or two in here that does the trick.”
Besides a track from Bruce Springsteen’s “Western Stars,” also making the cut were leading Grammy contenders Lizzo and Lil Nas X, along with Rosalia, the National, the Highwomen, Summer Walker, Big Thief, Maggie Rogers, Mavis Staples, DaBaby, Frank Ocean, Joe Henry and sisters Beyonce and Solange.
Unlike his books and movies/TV lists, which he posted over the weekend, Obama’s music list comes with a bonus: a Spotify playlist.
For Obama’s top movies and TV shows of 2019, click here.
For the former president’s favorite books of 2019, click here.
In August, Obama offered a “summer playlist 2019” in August that mostly included breezy oldies or contemporary fare that leaned toward the lighter side, starting with Drake and Rihanna’s “Too Good” and the Spinners’ “I’ll Be Around” and continuing through 44 tracks that included everything from Maggie Rogers, Shawn Mendes and Lizzo to the Black Keys, Charles Mingus and SZA.
Last year at this time, Obama’s list of favorite songs from 2018 included such soon-to-be-Grammy-nominated picks as Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monae, H.E.R. and Ashley McBryde, as well as Cardi B, Lord Huron, Kurt Vile, Hozier, Chance the Rapper, Courtney Barnett, Khalid and Leon Bridges.