Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, Harry Styles among Barack Obama's favorite songs of 2017
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While Barack Obama is reportedly enjoying life as a civilian after eight years as President of the United States, he has carried a few of his White House traditions with him. One such tradition is his annual list of favorite songs. As 2017 came to a close, President Obama released his first post-White House edition of the list, which featured an interesting mix of genres.

Anyone who has followed Obama's lists previously won't be surprised at some of the inclusions. Long time friend Jay-Z got a nod for his collaboration with wife Beyonce on “Family Feud.” Another well-known Obama favorite Chance the Rapper made the list for his uplifting “First World Problems” with Daniel Caesar, while Caesar as a solo artist also warranted a mention for his “Blessed.” Joining virtually every year-end “Best Of” list, Obama singled out Kendrick Lamar for his anthemic “Humble.”

Obama also continued his tradition of including socially conscious songs on his year end favorites. Genre-defying vocalist Andra Day's empowering “Rise Up” was among Obama's favorites. “Little Bit”, from gospel-soul legend Mavis Staples' Jeff Tweedy-produced album If All I Was Was Black was also included.

The former President also showed a penchant for pop ditties, possibly influenced by daughters Sasha and Malia's own listening habits. Former One Direction superstar Harry Styles made the Obama playlist with his “Sign of the Times.” Breakout star SZA got a special shout out from Obama for her single “Broken Clocks.”

More surprising is just how into rock and Americana Obama was in 2017. Rock titans U2 got a nod for their Extraordinary Mix of “Ordinary Love” from Songs of Experience. Indie rockers The National also got a lot of spins from Obama, specifically their single “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” while Portugal. The Man was included for “Feel It Still.”

On the Americana side of things, Obama is apparently a fan of the genre's “big tent” approach, pulling from several different aspects of its broad definition. There was soul music represented, not only with Staples and Day but also with the late Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings' “Matter of Time.” Songwriter Brandi Carlile's “The Joke” was included, and on the more traditional country front, Obama has caught the Chris Stapleton crossover bug, including “Millionaire.” Even rocker Bruce Springsteen got a “bonus” mention for his unreleased blues retooling of “Born in the U.S.A.” from his Broadway show.

Here is the complete list of Obama favorites of 2017:
“Mi Gente” by J Balvin & Willy William
“Havana” by Camila Cabello (feat. Young Thug)
“Blessed” by Daniel Caesar
“The Joke” by Brandi Carlile
“First World Problems” by Chance The Rapper (feat. Daniel Caesar)
“Rise Up” by Andra Day
“Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khaled (feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller)
“Family Feud” by Jay-Z (feat. Beyoncé)
“Humble” by Kendrick Lamar
“La Dame et Ses Valises” by Les Amazones d’Afrique (feat. Nneka)
“Unforgettable” by French Montana (feat. 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 (not out yet, but the blues version in his Broadway show is the best!)