As this year comes to a close, former commander-in-chief Barack Obama has shared his top picks in music, TV, films, and books of 2020.
Enlisting the valuable insight of his daughter Sasha, Obama shared his top music selection, which features an impeccable curation of thirty songs of varying genres, big-name acts and breakout artists to stream and to discover. Some of the songs that made the 44th president’s music list includes “La Dificil” by Latin superstar Bad Bunny, “Savage Remix” by Grammy-nominated Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé, Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” remix with DaBaby, “Franchise” by Travis Scott featuring Young Thug & M.I.A among others. Spotify has curated his top picks into Barack Obama’s Songs of the Year 2020 playlist here.
Familiar to the quarantine routine during the pandemic, Obama discovered some great film titles and expanded his list for the first time to include a few noteworthy television features. His selected films of the year include Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom with late actor Chadwick Boseman, the acclaimed documentary Boys State, Chloé Zhao’s drama Nomadland, and the upcoming animated family film Pixar’s Soul. Among the top ten television series noted on his list include NBC’s The Good Place, the Michael Jordan docuseries The Last Dance, and the breakout Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit.
While consciously omitting his own memoir A Promised Land from his list of favorite books released this year, his list includes Deacon King Kong by James McBride, Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar, The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel, and The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio.
Obama’s stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs narrates the story of his improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to becoming the leader of the free world. A Promised Land is available now from Penguin Random House here.