January 29, 2023

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Barack Obama’s top songs of 2022: SZA, Rosalía, Bad Bunny, Kendrick Lamar and more

Former President Barack Obama has released his annual playlist of his favorite songs from the past year. His 2022 playlist includes Kendrick Lamar’s “The Heart Part 5”, Bad Bunny’s “Tití Me Preguntó”, Rosalía’s “Saoko” and SZA’s “Shirt” as well as other songs by Beyoncé, Ethel Cain, Burna Boy, Maggie Rogers, Sudan Archive and more . The full tracklist is below.

“I’m always happy to share my end of year music playlist with you all – and this year we’ve heard a lot of great songs. Here are some of my favorites,” he wrote Twitter. “Are there any songs or artists I should check out?”

In July, Obama shared his annual summer playlist featuring songs by Beyoncé, Harry Styles, Miles Davis, Rosalía, Nina Simone, Drake and more. His year-end playlist follows his Favorite Music of 2021 playlist; It featured songs by Mitski, Mdou Moctar, Ms. Lauryn Hill, The War on Drugs and others.

Rewatch Pitchfork’s feature, The Presidential Suite: A Look Back at Obama’s Musical Milestones.

Barack Obama’s Favorite Music of 2022:

01 Kendrick Lamar: “The Heart Part 5”
02 Bad Bunny: “Titi Me Pregunto”
03 Ari Lennox: “POF”
04 Zach Bryan: “Something in the Orange”
05 Burna Boy: “Last Last”
06 Ethel Cain: “American Teenager”
07 Tank and the Bangas: “Communion in my Chalice” [ft. the Ton3s]
08 Coffee: “Pull up”
09 Rosalia: “Saoko”
10 Ayra Starr: “Rush”
11 Beyoncé: “Break My Soul”
12 SiR: “Life is good” [ft. Scribz Riley]
13 Maggie Rogers: “This Is Where I Am”
14 Leyla McCalla: “Dodinin”
15 Steve Lacy: “Sunshine” [ft. Fousheé]
16 Rema: “Calm down”
17 Plains: “Problem with that”
18 Xavier Omar: “Feelings 4 You”
19 Danger Mouse and Black Thought: “Belize” [ft. MF DOOM]
20 Omar Apollo: “Tamagotchi”
21 Sudan Archives: “Home Maker”
22 NxWorries: “Where I’m Going” [ft. H.E.R.]
23 SZA: “Shirt”
24 Lizzo: “About Damn Time”
25 Adam Blackstone and Jazmine: Sullivan “Round Midnight”