As we are just days away from 2019, the year end lists continue to roll in. The 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama, is also getting in on the action, sharing his favorite songs, movies and books from 2018.
Obama was considerably transparent about his musical preferences while in office, so some of his favorite tracks of the year should come as no surprise. His 2018 faves include "Apes**t" by his pals The Carters; "Could’ve Been" by H.E.R. and Bryson Tiller; "I Like It" by Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin; "Kevin’s Heart" by J. Cole; "Love Lies" by Khalid and Normani; "Make Me Feel" by Janelle Monáe; "My Own Thing" by Chance The Rapper and Joey Purp; and "Wow Freestyle" by Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar, among other cuts from the likes of Leon Bridges, Prince, Courtney Barnett, Hozier, Kurt Vile and BJ the Chicago Kid.
In addition to his favorite songs of 2018, Obama also recognizes his favorite movies of the year, highlighting Annihilation, Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Blindspotting, If Beale Street Could Talk, Roma, Won’t You Be My Neighbor and more.
Lastly, after taking a look at Barack Obama's favorite songs and movies from 2018, you can also peep his favorites books of the year below.
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
Favorite Movies of 2018
Annihilation Black Panther BlacKkKlansman Blindspotting Burning The Death of Stalin Eighth Grade If Beale Street Could Talk Leave No Trace Minding the Gap The Rider Roma Shoplifters Support the Girls Won’t You Be My Neighbor
Favorite Books of 2018
Becoming by Michelle Obama (obviously my favorite!) An American Marriage by Tayari Jones Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die by Keith Payne Educated by Tara Westover Factfulness by Hans Rosling Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging by Alex Wagner A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o A House for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipaul How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History by Mitch Landrieu Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela The New Geography of Jobs by Enrico Moretti The Return by Hisham Matar Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe Warlight by Michael Ondaatje Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick Deneen The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes American Prison by Shane Bauer Arthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond Arsenault Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday Feel Free by Zadie Smith Florida by Lauren Groff Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight Immigrant, Montana by Amitava Kumar The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark There There by Tommy Orange Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Up next, these are the 45 celebrity Tweets and Instagram posts that defined 2018.