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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

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