Obama’s Favorite Songs of 2018

What’s This Playlist All About? The 44th President of the United States may no longer serve in the Oval Office, but he can still make a hell of a statement by making a simple playlist. These are the songs he grooved to most in 2018.

What You Get: A rather democratic representation of critic faves, big new stars, and indie darlings. Obama buddies The Carters top the list with their Louvre-occupying earth-shaking “Apesh*t,” while hip-hop’s greatest success story Cardi B makes an appearance with the irresistible zinger “I Like It.” There’s also some love for Prince with the posthumous release of cover “Mary Don’t You Weep,” as well as Janelle Monae’s own Prince-esque hit “Make Me Feel.” In between is some poignant indie-folk from Lord Huron and a little angsty rock from Courtney Barnett and her pal Kurt Vile.

Greatest Discovery: Tonina, Javier Limon, and Tali Rubinstein’s soothing, sultry rendering of Latin love song “Historia de un Amor.”

Next Job: Playlist Curator? Given the refreshing diversity and interesting picks of this mix, we’d totally be into a regular playlist series from Mr. Obama. We’re sure he has plenty of time for such an important job now, right?