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Barack Obama names Cardi B, Janelle Monae, Prince to 2018 Favorite Songs List

President-turned-tastemaker also includes tracks by H.E.R., Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett & J. Cole on year-end list


Daniel Kreps
December 28, 2018 6:15PM (UTC)
This article originally appeared on Rolling Stone.
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Barack Obama continued his annual tradition of revealing his favorite books, movies and songs of the year, with the former president-turned-tastemaker including tracks by Cardi B, Janelle Monáe, Prince and the Carters on his 2018 list.

Obama said of his annual list, “It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved. It also gives me a chance to highlight talented authors, artists, and storytellers – some who are household names and others who you may not have heard of before.”

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Read more Rolling Stone: 50 Best Songs of 2018

In addition to Cardi B’s “I Like It,” Monáe’s “Make Me Feel,” Beyonce and Jay-Z’s “Apeshit” and Prince’s resurfaced Piano & A Microphone track “Mary Don’t You Weep,” Obama’s 2018 list also recognized tracks from the Grammy-nominated artist H.E.R., J. Cole, Leon Bridges and more. Obama also recognized “one of the great jazz singers of all time” with the late Nancy Wilson’s The Great American Songbook.

Like previous years, Obama’s diverse playlist spans many genres, from indie rock (Courtney Barnett’s “Need a Little Time,” Kurt Vile’s “One Trick Ponies”), country (Brandi Carlile’s “Every Time I Hear That Song,” Ashley McBryde’s “Girl Goin’ Nowhere”), hip-hop (Chance the Rapper’s “My Own Thing,” Jay Rock’s “Wow Freestyle” with Kendrick Lamar) and Africa-born artists like Fatoumata Diawara and Jupiter & Okwess.

Read more Rolling Stone: How Ariana Grande Dominated Pop Music in 2018

Check out Obama’s full 2018 songs list below and visit the former president’s Facebook post for his favorite movies and books of the year:

Read more Rolling Stone: 10 Best Avant Albums of 2018

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“Apeshit,” 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)


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