Songs From Stormzy, Lenny Kravitz Among Barack Obama’s 2023 Favorites

The former US president’s 28 picks from the past 12 months also include tracks from Allison Russell, Jon Batiste and Keith Urban.

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Barack Obama has dropped the long-awaited list of his favorite music in 2023. The former president, shared his 28 favorite songs from the past year in an Instagram post, which included tracks from artists like Stormzy, Beyoncé, Megan Thee Stallion, Lenny Kravitz and Jon Batiste, among others.

Also featured in Obama’s 28-song selection are Indigo De Souza, Big Thief, Megan Thee Stallion, Burna Boy and 21 Savage, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Zach Bryan and Kacey Musgraves, 6lack, Brent Faiyaz, Tems, Karol G and Shakira, among others. You can check out the full list below.

“Here are some of my favorite songs from this year,” Obama wrote on social media. “Let me know if there are any artists or songs I should check out.”

In addition, Obama also listed his favourite movies of the year, including The Holdovers, Blackberry, Oppenheimer, American Fiction, Anatomy of a Fall, Monster, Past Lives, Air, Polite Society, A Thousand and One and The Color Purple, as well as three films made by his and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground – Rustin, Leave the World Behind and American Symphony.

Barack Obama’s favourite music of 2023:

Karol G & Shakira: “TQG”
Zach Bryan: “I Remember Everything [ft. Kacey Musgraves]”
Dave & Central Cee: “Sprinter”
6lack: “Since I Have A Lover”
Megan Thee Stallion: “Cobra”
Blondshell: “Joiner”
Alé Araya: “Midnight Gospel [ft. Joseph Chilliams]”
Beyoncé: “America Has a Problem [ft. Kendrick Lamar]”
Tyla: “Water”
Allison Russell: “The Returner”
Davido: “Unavailable [ft. Musa Keys]”
Mitski: “My Love Mine All Mine”
Burna Boy: “Sittin’ on Top of the World [ft. 21 Savage]”
Big Thief: “Vampire Empire”
Indigo De Souza: “Younger & Dumber”
Stormzy: “Toxic Trait [ft. Fredo]”
John Summit & Hayla: “Where You Are”
Yng Lvcas & Peso Pluma: “La Bebe (Remix)”
Victoria Monét: “On My Mama”
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: “Cast Iron Skillet”
Brent Faiyaz: “WY@”
Asake & Olamide: “Amapiano”
Teddy Swims: “Lose Control”
Rita Wilson & Keith Urban: “Crazy Love”
Gabe Lee: “Drink The River”
Lenny Kravitz: “Road to Freedom (From the Netflix Film Rustin)”
Jon Batiste: “It Never Went Away”
Tems: “Me & U”

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