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Barack Obama Reveals His Favourite Songs of 2017

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Music Editor
Updated: 3 January 2018

As if we didn’t miss the former US president enough, now Barack Obama has shared his best songs of 2017 revealing his impeccable taste in music.

Kendrick Lamar, one of Obama’s favourite rappers, is on there, of course, along with the likes of Jay-Z, Chance The Rapper, Young Thug, Rihanna, Bryson Tiller, Beyoncé, French Montana, Swae Lee, Frank Ocean, Travis Scott and SZA.

There’s also room for indie band The National, country star Chris Stapleton and Colombian reggaeton singer J Balvin. Also, it turns out he’s a Harry Styles fan.

During my presidency, I started a tradition of sharing my reading lists and playlists. It was a nice way to reflect on…

Posted by Barack Obama on Sunday, December 31, 2017

Obama shared his list on Facebook with the message: ‘During my presidency, I started a tradition of sharing my reading lists and playlists.

‘It was a nice way to reflect on the works that resonated with me and lift up authors and artists from around the world.

‘With some extra time on my hands this year to catch up, I wanted to share the books and music that I enjoyed most.

‘From songs that got me moving to stories that inspired me, here’s my 2017 list – I hope you enjoy it and have a happy and healthy New Year.’

Check out our playlist of some of his 2017 selections below: