Barack Obama Delivers Year-End Lists For Favorite Music, Books, Movies & Shows (UPDATE)

The former President has an impressively varied taste.

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UPDATE (December 30, 2019): In line with the former President’s varied taste in movies and books, Barack Obama’s selection of favorite from 2019 has a little something for everyone. Party-starters like Lizzo’s “Juice,” Dababy’s “Suge” and Young Thug’s “The London” are interspersed with more introspective fare, like Frank Ocean’s “In My Room” and “Oblivians,” by The National. Obama’s longstanding appreciation for bluesy, soulful music also informs a few sophisticated selections, like Mavis Staples’ “Change” and Joe Henry’s “The Fact of Love.” Several hits are even carried over from the former Illinois senator’s Summer ‘19 list, including Beyoncé’s “Mood 4 Eva” and Lil Nas X’s immortal Billy Ray Cyrus feature, “Old Town Road (Remix).”


UPDATE (December 29, 2019): Shortly after we delivered the news of President Obama‘s favorite books, No. 44 hit Twitter to reveal his favorite movies and TV shows. Among the movies, we see titles like Parasite, The Irishman, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and for shows he includes just three, Fleabag, Unbelievable and Watchmen.


ORIGINAL STORY (December 29, 2019): With the end of 2019 quickly approaching, we’ve surely seen our fair share of year-end lists, including our own Best of 2019 roundups. It’s never complete however until former President Barack Obama shares his own, including favorite books, songs and movies.

Yesterday, President Obama took to Twitter to kick off his annual lists with a selection of his favorite books. Always known for his literary acumen, No. 44’s list includes three that were on the National Book Awards shortlist for nonfiction and a fourth that was long-listed.

Check out the list below, and be sure to check back for his music and film suggestions.

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