On Thursday afternoon, Los Angeles’ Staples Center hosted the funeral service for late rapper Nipsey Hussle. Following an emotional slideshow and a performance from Marsha Ambrosius, Karen Civil took the stage to read a letter of tribute from former President Barack Obama. “While most folks look at the Crenshaw neighborhood where [Nipsey] grew up and … More »
Barack Obama has shared his favorite songs of 2018. The eclectic collection of R&B, country, indie, hip-hop, Latin, pop, and rock establish a melting pot of sounds and styles. From listening through, a theme of strong vocals seeps through the nearly hour-and-a-half showcase of taste.
Among the broad spectrum of selections, listeners are taken through a cultural journey from notable acts to lesser-known diamonds in the rough. More popular artist inclusions are The Carters, Hozier, Chance The Rapper, Brandi Carlile, Cardi B, Leon Bridges, Kurt Vile, Prince, Tom Mesch, Khalid, Kendrick Lamar, and many more. Others include Jupiter & Okwess, Ashley McBryde, Tonina, Anderson East, Fatoumata Diawara, and Courtney Barnette.
Below, find Obama’s favorite songs of 2018 on Spotify.
H/T: Consequence of Sound
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Barack Obama was pretty transparent about his music tastes during his presidency, sharing playlists of what he was listening to throughout it, and last year he engaged in every middle-aged dude’s favorite activity: year-end lists! For 2018, he’s done it again and the former President has just shared a … More »
Lin-Manuel Miranda goes right to the very top for his final Hamildrop. The musical master taps former President Barack Obama on “One Last Time (44 Remix),” the 13th and last Hamildrop in a year-long series of releases. Obama, who gave a standing ovation when he attended Miranda’s Hamilton on Broadway back in mid-2015, recites a … More »
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Back in May, Donald Glover premiered a striking Childish Gambino music video for his new song, “This Is America.” It was an exciting teaser for a pair of lukewarm tracks that he shared in July, “Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer.” My colleague Chris DeVille titled his The Week In Pop … More »
Continuing his year end tradition to share a plethora of his favorite tracks, President Obama compiled a diverse list of tracks from up-and-comers and music legends alike. The list includes such acclaimed artists as Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, SZA, and Portugal. The Man. Obama’s end-of-year compilation provides some much needed musical variety, contrasting Smash Mouth’s peculiar performance at Trump’s inauguration, which began the odd year known as 2017.
Read the full list below:
“Mi Gente” by J Balvin & Willy William
“Havana” by Camila Cabello (feat. Young Thug)
“Blessed” by Daniel Caesar
“The Joke” by Brandi Carlile
“First World Problems” by Chance The Rapper (feat. Daniel Caesar)
“Rise Up” by Andra Day
“Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khaled (feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller)
“Family Feud” by Jay-Z (feat. Beyoncé)
“Humble” by Kendrick Lamar
“La Dame et Ses Valises” by Les Amazones d’Afrique (feat. Nneka)
“Unforgettable” by French Montana (feat. Swae Lee)
“The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” by The National
“Chanel” by Frank Ocean
“Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man
“Butterfly Effect” by Travis Scott
“Matter of Time” by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
“Little Bit” by Mavis Staples
“Millionaire” by Chris Stapleton
“Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles
“Broken Clocks” by SZA
“Ordinary Love” (Extraordinary Mix) by U2
*Bonus: “Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen (not out yet, but the blues version in his Broadway show is the best!)
During his presidency, Barack Obama made a habit out of sharing playlists featuring some of his favorite songs and now, a year out of his term (help), he’s shared his favorite songs of 2017. (There’s some overlap with our own.) It includes J Balvin and Willy William’s world-conquering “Mi Gente,” Camila … More »