Barack Obama’s Top Songs of 2023: Beyoncé, Big Thief, Mitski, and More


Barack Obama has shared his annual checklist of his favourite songs of the 12 months, with Big Thief (“Vampire Empire”), Mitski (“My Love Mine All Mine”), and Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar (“America Has a Problem”) among the many picks. Also featured within the former president’s 28-song choice are Indigo De Souza, Megan Thee Stallion, Burna Boy and 21 Savage, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Zach Bryan and Kacey Musgraves, Dave and Central Cee, 6lack, Brent Faiyaz, Tems, Karol G and Shakira, and Stormzy and Fredo, amongst others. See the complete checklist under.

“Here are some of my favorite songs from this year,” Obama wrote on social media. “Let me know if there are any artists or songs I should check out.” One notable absence is Boygenius, whose tune “Not Strong Enough” made Obama’s 2023 summer time playlist. Lucy Dacus quote-tweeted the choice with the caption “War criminal :(”

Karol G & Shakira: “TQG”
Zach Bryan: “I Remember Everything” [ft. Kacey Musgraves]
Dave & Central Cee: “Sprinter”
6lack: “Since I Have a Lover”
Megan Thee Stallion: “Cobra”
Blondshell – “Joiner”
Alé Araya: “Midnight Gospel” [ft. Joseph Chilliams]
Beyoncé: “America Has a Problem” [ft. Kendrick Lamar]
Tyla: “Water”
Allison Russell: “The Returner”
Davido: “Unavailable” [ft. Musa Keys]
Mitski – “My Love Mine All Mine”
Burna Boy: “Sittin’ on Top of the World” [ft. 21 Savage]
Big Thief – “Vampire Empire”
Indigo De Souza – Younger & Dumber”
Stormzy: “Toxic Trait” [ft. Fredo]
John Summit & Hayla: “Where You Are”
Yng Lvcas & Peso Pluma – “La Bebe (Remix)”
Victoria Monét – “On My Mama”
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – “Cast Iron Skillet”
Brent Faiyaz – “WY@”
Asake & Olamide – “Amapiano”
Teddy Swims – “Lose Control”
Rita Wilson & Keith Urban – “Crazy Love”
Gabe Lee – “Drink The River”
Lenny Kravitz: “Road to Freedom (From the Netflix Film ‘Rustin’)”
Jon Batiste – “It Never Went Away”
Tems – “Me & U”


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