*On New Year’s Eve, Barack Obama decided to share with folks some cultural works that moved him in the past year.
With what he called “extra time on my hands this year” since he ended his two terms as president, Obama selected 12 books and 22 songs to share on his Facebook page, a tradition he began during his presidency.
Among his favorite songs this year are several heaters from artists like SZA (“Broken Clocks”), Travis Scott (“Butterfly Effect”), Jay-Z (“Family Feud”), DJ Khaled (“Wild Thoughts”), Kendrick Lamar (“Humble”), a song from a group of all-female west African musicians and a single from the elusive Frank Ocean (Chanel).
The former president also cited the blues version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” from the singer’s 2017 Broadway show, Chance The Rapper’s “First World Problems” and “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” by The National as favorites from 2017.
See the full list of Obama’s 2017 favorites below.