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Barack Obama’s 2023 Playlist

President Barack Obama is photographed during a presidential portrait sitting for an official photo in the Oval Office, Dec. 6, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

In a delightful musical revelation, former President Barack Obama has unveiled his eclectic playlist for the year, featuring a captivating blend of global hits. Highlighting the richness of Nigerian talent, Obama’s list boasts four standout tracks: ‘Unavailable’ by Davido featuring Musa Keys, ‘Amapiano’ by Asake featuring Olamide, ‘Me & U’ by Tems, and the dynamic collaboration of Burna Boy with 21 savage in ‘Sittin’ On Top Of The World.’ Adding an international flair, South African singer Tyla’s ‘Water’ also graces this distinguished lineup.

Obama’s musical palette spans a multitude of genres, embracing Latino, pop, Afrobeats, Hip-hop, Grime, Reggaeton, Reggae, Dancehall, R&B, and Soul. The carefully curated selection includes refined choices like Victoria Monet’s “On My Mama,” Mitski’s “My Love Mine All Mine,” and a touch of classic vibes with Lenny Kravitz’s “Road to Freedom” and Rita Wilson and Keith Urban’s “Crazy Love.”

The former President doesn’t shy away from acknowledging artists he has previously admired, giving a nod to Beyoncé, Allison Russell, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Megan Thee Stallion, and Big Thief. The global flavor continues with songs like Karol G and Shakira’s “TQG” and Zach Bryan and Kacey Musgraves’ “I Remember Everything.”

Beyond music, Obama also shared his favourite books and movies of the year, with a special mention of “The Color Purple” earning a spot on his list after a recent viewing. Eager to keep the conversation going, Obama, under his X handle, invited suggestions from his audience: “Here are some of my favourite songs from this year. Let me know if there are any artists or songs I should check out.” This musical revelation not only offers a glimpse into the former President’s diverse taste but also opens the door for a broader cultural dialogue.

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