My President, Barack Obama, Dropped the Best Best Songs of 2017 List (Listen Here!)

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When the end of the year approaches, everyone tends to go a little nuts with their ‘Best Songs’ and ‘Best Albums’ of the year list. They often look a little too similar—sorry, not sorry—and post before the actual end of the year, or the beginning of the next, which means folks tend to miss out on things like this killer album from Australian post-punk band Total Control (the irony over its title, Laughing at the System, is not lost on us.)


Anyhow, my president Barack Hussein Obama II, shared his annual list of best books and tracks on the last day of 2017, because he is better than the rest of us. The latter is a pretty impressive and diverse list, both in artist and genre, peep it here, via Facebook:

My favorite songs 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!)


It would be wrong not to mention that his version of “Mi Gente,” is the original juggernaut and not the Beyonce remix—Obama knows Latin music doesn’t need an American co-sign, and for that tiny detail, I am forever grateful.

Listen to the tracks below:


Senior Writer, Jezebel. My debut book, LARGER THAN LIFE: A History of Boy Bands, is out now.

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