Barack Obama is keeping one of his presidential traditions alive. On Sunday, the former U.S. Commander-in-Chief revealed his favorite songs and books of 2017 via Facebook — and music from a few veteran artists, including U2 and Bruce Springsteen, made the list.
Obama writes, “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.”
Songs on Obama’s list include U2’s “Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix)” — a bonus track on the Irish rockers’ recently released Songs of Experience album — and the blues version of Springsteen’s classic tune “Born in the U.S.A.” that the Boss has been performing during his Broadway residency.
The former president chose the latter song as a bonus track on his list, pointing out that it’s “not out yet, but the blues version in his Broadway show is the best!”
Among the other songs on his list are “Matter of Time” by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
and “Little Bit” by Mavis Staples.
Here’s Obama’s complete Favorite Songs of 2017 list, which you can also view on his Facebook page:
“Mi Gente” by J Balvin & Willy William
“Havana” by Camila Cabello (featuring Young Thug)
“Blessed” by Daniel Caesar
“The Joke” by Brandi Carlile
“First World Problems” by Chance the Rapper (featuring Daniel Caesar)
“Rise Up” by Andra Day
“Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khaled (featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller)
“Family Feud” by Jay-Z (featuring Beyoncé)
“Humble” by Kendrick Lamar
“La Dame et Ses Valises” by Les Amazones d’Afrique (featuring Nneka)
“Unforgettable” by French Montana (featuring 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
“Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix)” by U2
*Bonus: “Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen
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