Former president Barack Obama has shared his annual list of favorite tracks for the year, which includes The Carters, Cardi B, J. Cole and many more.
“As 2018 draws to a close, I’m continuing a favorite tradition of mine and sharing my year-end lists,” he writes in a post. “It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved.”
As Obama explains, his list of talent runs deep. While some are household names, others you may not have heard before — but all deserve a good listen, watch, or read.
We’ve included the full list of Obama’s Favorite Songs of 2018 below. Check out his full post here, which details his favorite books and movies from the year.
Obama’s Favorite Songs of 2018
Apes••t by The Carters
Bad Bad News by Leon Bridges
Could’ve Been by H.E.R. (feat. Bryson Tiller)
Disco Yes by Tom Misch (feat. Poppy Ajudha)
Ekombe by Jupiter & Okwess
Every Time I Hear That Song by Brandi Carlile
Girl Goin’ Nowhere by Ashley McBryde
Historia De Un Amor by Tonina (feat. Javier Limón and Tali Rubinstein)
I Like It by Cardi B (feat. Bad Bunny and J Balvin)
Kevin’s Heart by J. Cole
King For A Day by Anderson East
Love Lies by Khalid & Normani
Make Me Feel by Janelle Monáe
Mary Don’t You Weep (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version) by Prince
My Own Thing by Chance the Rapper (feat. Joey Purp)
Need a Little Time by Courtney Barnett
Nina Cried Power by Hozier (feat. Mavis Staples)
Nterini by Fatoumata Diawara
One Trick Ponies by Kurt Vile
Turnin’ Me Up by BJ the Chicago Kid
Wait by the River by Lord Huron
Wow Freestyle by Jay Rock (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
And in honor of one of the great jazz singers of all time, who died this year, a classic album:
The Great American Songbook by Nancy Wilson
See how Obama’s 2018 list compares to his 2017 list here.