What Songs Made It to Obama’s Coveted Year-End Playlist?

Continuing his annual tradition, former President Barack Obama shared his most recent favorite songs for the year. At the end of each year, the former president shares the tunes that helped get him through the last twelve months. For those who may not know, Obama’s music taste is like many of ours. In his list, we’ve seen popular songs from artists like Beyonce, SZA, Omar Apollo, Kendrick Lamar, and many more.

In a statement on Twitter, he wrote, “I always enjoy sharing my end-of-year music playlist with all of you — and this year we heard a lot of great songs. Here are some of my favorites.”

Barack Obama’s List on Instagram.

He makes sure to include a broad variety of styles in his playlist. We see genres like Hip-Hop, Afrobeats, Soul, Pop, and Latin music.

Keep reading to check out some of the music listed above, recommended by the former president!



“The Heart Part 5” is the inherent connection that the music and the visual have positive and negative effects. Without the constant face-swapping, Lamar’s allusions to larger social concerns and celebrity scandals lose some of their impacts, and the song falls toward the conclusion of the “Heart” series. That’s the danger of putting so much emphasis on one aspect at the expense of the other, but it also reflects Lamar’s ever-expanding goals. He’s still one of the greatest rappers of all time. Life’s circumstances are always shifting, and it seems like Lamar is getting us ready for his most significant turn yet. I can definitely understand why this is a favorite of Obama’s!


“Shirt” by SZA is a popular song that we’ve written about in the past. Without a doubt, SZA’s return has been a tremendous topic of the music scene in 2022.

The Grammy-winning artist, SZA, should be proud of herself for writing another chart-topping single. As listeners enjoy the seductive tune, many have pondered its deeper significance. Some listeners have interpreted the song as describing the emotional turmoil of being in love with someone whose actions have caused them pain. The two people involved end up more in love with one another despite the fact that they are plainly incompatible and do not feel the same way. When a major political figure includes “Shirt” as one of his favorites, you know it must be good!

Beyonce – “Break my soul”

One of the most popular songs this year has definitely been Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul.” This song has been the song that’s given many a break from the widespread depression and anxieties of the world. “Break My Soul” was made available back in June, signaling the coming arrival of Beyoncé’s highly anticipated Renaissance album. Following its debut, the house-influenced single was met with almost immediate critical praise, and in November, it was awarded Grammy nominations for record of the year, song of the year, and best dance/electronic recording. This amazing and uplifting song definitely didn’t break the former president’s soul!

“Tití Me Preguntó” – bad bunny

One of the most popular artists this year has been Bad Bunny, a Latin artist known for his upbeat tunes. This is the first time that Bad Bunny experimented with a full dembow beat. As a result, “Tití Me Preguntó” has become a fan favorite. The song’s upbeat rhythm and lyrics are about a person who loves to romance around and doesn’t want to settle down. When you are least expecting it, the rhythm turns to a trap tune with electric guitar chords, and Bad Bunny reveals why he can’t fall in love and muses on his trust difficulties in this section of the song. The former president is enjoying Bad Bunny like many of us!


Uprising star Burna Boy has been dropping hit after hit this year with “Last Last” landing a spot on Obama’s favorites. Early in the month of July, Burna Boy made his official comeback with his sixth studio album, titled Love, Damini. This album is a compilation of songs that are constructed on a broad foundation of different musical genres, including afro-fusion, R&B, dancehall, reggae, hip-hop, pop, and more. The smash record “He Wasn’t Man Enough For Me” by American R&B singer Toni Braxton was sampled in the song “Last Last,” which was released by the African musician Burna Boy and subsequently took over radio stations all over the globe.

What do you think about the former PRESIDENT’S playlist?

Everyone here at Mic Drop Music definitely approves of this list of favorites. However, what do you think? Have you heard any of these songs. If you haven’t, we recommend that you check out the songs from this list because we ensure you these songs are definitely amazing and will boost your mood.

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