The former President’s playlist includes songs by Kendrick Lamar and Omar Apollo and films like Top Gun: Redemption. Maverick
Except for Barack Obama’s annual round-up, Santa Claus’ list is usually the only one you’d want to be on this time of year!
The 44th President, 61, has released the annual list of his favourite films, books, and songs, which includes everything from rising indie stars to blockbuster films to his wife Michelle’s latest memoir.
Obama promised in three separate posts that he would organise lists of “great movies,” “great songs,” and “books I enjoyed,” and he didn’t disappoint.
When it came to music, Obama included Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy-nominated “The Heart Part 5,” Beyoncé’s mega-hit “Break My Soul,” S.Z.A.’s fan-favourite “Shirt,” Lizzo’s “About Damn Time,” and Bad Bunny’s “Tit Me Preguntó.”
But, of course, he threw in a few curveballs. Now the world knows Obama listened to Steve Lacy’s Gemini Rights, the latest single from Nx Worries featuring H.E.R., and even newcomer Omar Apollo, who reacted on Twitter as anyone would, blasting the timeline with heart-smile emojis.
While Maggie Rogers, Ari Lennox, and others expressed gratitude in his Instagram post about the list, perhaps the most surprised was singer-songwriter Ethel Cain, whose song “American Teenager” was chosen by Obama.
“On my 2022 bingo, I did not have a former president include my anti-war, anti-patriotism fake pop song on his year end list,” she joked on Twitter.
Obama’s movie list included big names like The Fabelmans, Everything Everywhere All At Once, and Top Gun: Maverick, as well as a few more obscure selections.
Obama also chose Petite Man, Decision to Leave, Aftersun, Descendant, Happening, A Hero, and other films. The former President even toasted her 2022 film Emily the Criminal, directed by John Patton Ford, which Aubrey Plaza enthusiastically reacted to.