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30 December 2023

Stormzy, Dave Make Barack Obama’s Songs Of 2023 List

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Stormzy and Dave & Central Cee are among the acts who have made it onto former US president Barack Obama’s highly anticipated list of his favourite songs of the year.

Also featured in Obama’s 28-song selection are Indigo De Souza, Big Thief, Megan Thee Stallion, Burna Boy and 21 Savage, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Zach Bryan and Kacey Musgraves, 6lack, Brent Faiyaz, Tems, Karol G and Shakira, among others. See the full list below.

“Here are some of my favorite songs from this year,” Obama wrote on social media. “Let me know if there are any artists or songs I should check out.”

Obama also listed his favourite movies of the year, including The Holdovers, Blackberry, Oppenheimer, American Fiction, Anatomy of a Fall, Monster, Past Lives, Air, Polite Society, A Thousand and One and The Color Purple, as well as three films made by his and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground – Rustin, Leave the World Behind and American Symphony.

Barack Obama’s favourite music of 2023

Karol G & Shakira: TQG
Zach Bryan: I Remember Everything [ft. Kacey Musgraves]
Dave & Central Cee: Sprinter
6lack: Since I Have A Lover
Megan Thee Stallion: Cobra
Blondshell – Joiner
Alé Araya: Midnight Gospel [ft. Joseph Chilliams]
Beyoncé: America Has a Problem [ft. Kendrick Lamar]
Tyla: Water
Allison Russell: The Returner
Davido: Unavailable [ft. Musa Keys]
Mitski – My Love Mine All Mine
Burna Boy: Sittin’ on Top of the World [ft. 21 Savage]
Big Thief – Vampire Empire
Indigo De Souza – Younger & Dumber
Stormzy: Toxic Trait [ft. Fredo]
John Summit & Hayla: Where You Are
Yng Lvcas & Peso Pluma – La Bebe (Remix)
Victoria Monét – On My Mama
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Cast Iron Skillet
Brent Faiyaz – WY@
Asake & Olamide – Amapiano
Teddy Swims – Lose Control
Rita Wilson & Keith Urban – Crazy Love
Gabe Lee – Drink The River
Lenny Kravitz: Road to Freedom (From the Netflix Film ‘Rustin’)
Jon Batiste – It Never Went Away
Tems – Me & U

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