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Esperanza Spalding, Jon Batiste, Morray, And More Featured On Barack Obama’s Top Songs Of 2021

Other artists featured include Nas and Lauryn Hill, The War On Drugs, and more.

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Barack Obama - Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images
Barack Obama - Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

To give listeners a chance to check out the tracks he had on repeat this year, President Barack Obama unveiled an all-new playlist, curated for Spotify, sharing his favorite songs of 2021.

The tracklist includes songs that defined 2021 for many of us – including Brandi Carlile’s “Broken Horses,” Lil Nas X’s “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name),” Mitski’s “The Only Heartbreaker,” The War On Drugs’s “I Don’t Live Here Anymore,” Little Simz and Cleo Sol’s “Woman,” Parquet Courts’ “Walking at a Downtown Pace,” Cardi B and Lizzo’s “Rumors,” Nas and Ms. Lauryn Hill’s “Nobody,” Aventura and Bad Bunny’s “Volvi,” Courtney Barnett’s “Write A List of Things To Look Forward To,” and many more.

Highlights include Jon Batiste’s groundbreaking “Freedom,” Esperanza Spalding’s “Formwela 10,” and MO3 and Morray’s “In My Blood.”

The inclusion of Batiste’s “Freedom” caps off a groundbreaking year for him. The songwriter scored 11 nominations for the forthcoming 64th GRAMMY Awards, including Record of The Year and Album of The Year.

Listen to Barack Obama’s Favorite Music of 2021 playlist.

Barack Obama’s Favorite Music of 2021 Tracklist:
The Only Heartbreaker – Mitski
I Don’t Live Here Anymore (feat. Lucius) – The War On Drugs, Lucius
Tala Tannam – Mdou Moctar
Magnolia Blues – Adia Victoria
Witchoo – Durand jones & The Indications, Aaron Frazer
Formwela 10 – Esperanza Spalding
Broken Horses – Brandi Carlile
Gold Chains – Genesis Owusu
Woman – Little Simz, Cleo Sol
Pepas – Farruko
Go Down Deh (feat. Shaggy and Sean Paul) – Spice, Shaggy, Sean Paul
Freedom – Jon Batiste
Its Way With Me – Wye Oak
Nobody (feat. Ms. Lauryn Hill) – Nas, Ms. Lauryn Hill
Nightflyer – Allison Russell
MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X
Patria y Vida – Yotuel, Gente de Zona, Descemer Bueno, Maykel Osobo, El Funky
Notice – Tammy Lakkis
Armash – Teddy Afro
Write A List of Things To Look Forward To – Courtney Barnett
Volvi – Aventura, Bad Bunny
Headshots (4r Da Locals) – Isaiah Rashad
Boomerang – yebba
In My Blood – MO3, Morray
YA – YEИDRY
Rumors (feat. Cardi B) – Lizzo, Cardi B
Walking at a Downtown Pace – Parquet Courts

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