Barack Obama reveals his favorite songs of 2021, including tracks from Cardi B, Lizzo and Lil Nas X


Barack Obama loved enjoying live musical performances at the White House during his two terms as president, and Friday, he revealed his list of his favorite songs of 2021, curated for Spotify.

Obama has broad musical tastes, as his list proves with tracks from several genres, including rock, pop, jazz, hip hop, and R&B.

“I’ve always enjoyed listening to a wide variety of music, so it’s no surprise that I listened to a little bit of everything this year,” he commented as he revealed his list on Instagram. “I hope you find a new artist or song to add to your own playlist.”

The 60-year-old former president begins at number one with a song that was not a major hit, “The Only Heartbreaker” from Japanese singer Mitski, followed by “I Don’t Live Here Anymore” by Philadelphia rock band The War on Drugs, featuring Lucius.

Barack’s list is light on hip hop and R&B. However, he did select “Nobody,” by Nas featuring Ms. Lauryn Hill, at #14; “MONTERO” (Call Me By Your Name),” by Lil Nas X, at #16; “Headshots (4r Da Locals),” by Isaiah Rashad, at #22; and “Rumors,” by Lizzo featuring Cardi B, at #26. Obama also shows his love of dancehall with “Go Down Deh,” by Spice featuring Shaggy and Sean Paul, at #11.

Here is the full list of Barack Obama Favorite Music of 2021:

1. “The Only Heartbreaker” — Mitski
2. “I Don’t Live Here Anymore” (feat. Lucius) — The War On Drugs, Lucius
3. “Tala Tannam” — Mdou Moctar
4. “Magnolia Blues” — Adia Victoria
5. “Witchoo” — Durand jones & The Indications, Aaron Frazer
6. “Formwela 10” — Esperanza Spalding
7. “Broken Horses” — Brandi Carlile
8. “Gold Chains” — Genesis Owusu
9. “Woman” — Little Simz, Cleo Sol
10. “Pepas” — Farruko
11. “Go Down Deh” (feat. Shaggy and Sean Paul) — Spice, Shaggy, Sean Paul
12. “Freedom” — Jon Batiste
13. “Its Way with Me” — Wye Oak
14. “Nobody” (feat. Ms. Lauryn Hill) — Nas, Ms. Lauryn Hill
15. “Nightflyer” — Allison Russell
16. “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” — Lil Nas X
17. “Patria y Vida” — Yotuel, Gente de Zona, Descemer Bueno, Maykel Osobo, El Funky
18. “Notice” — Tammy Lakkis
19. “Armash” — Teddy Afro
20. “Write a List of Things to Look Forward To” — Courtney Barnett
21. “Volvi” — Aventura, Bad Bunny
22. “Headshots (4r Da Locals)” — Isaiah Rashad
23. “Boomerang” — yebba
24. “In My Blood” — MO3, Morray
25. “YA” — YEИDRY
26. “Rumors” (feat. Cardi B) — Lizzo, Cardi B
27. “Walking at a Downtown Pace” — Parquet Courts


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