Dec. 31 (UPI) — Former President Barack Obama has released on social media a list of his favorite songs and books from 2017.
“During my presidency, I started a tradition of sharing my reading lists and playlists. It was a nice way to reflect on the works that resonated with me and lift up authors and artists from around the world. With some extra time on my hands this year to catch up, I wanted to share the books and music that I enjoyed most. From songs that got me moving to stories that inspired me, here’s my 2017 list — I hope you enjoy it and have a happy and healthy New Year,” Obama said in his New Year’s Eve post.
The best books Obama said he read this year were The Power by Naomi Alderman; Grant by Ron Chernow; Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond; Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein; Exit West by Mohsin Hamid; Five-Carat Soul by James McBride; Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout; Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor; A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles; Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward; Coach Wooden and Me by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Basketball (and Other Things) by Shea Serrano.
His favorite new songs were “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; and “Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix)” by U2.