Barack Obama’s Top Songs of 2022: SZA, Rosalía, Bad Bunny, Kendrick Lamar, and More

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Barack Obama’s Top Songs of 2022: SZA, Rosalía, Bad Bunny, Kendrick Lamar, and More

Ethel Cain, Burna Boy, and Sudan Archives were also included on the former President’s annual playlist

Former President Barack Obama photographed by Elijah Nouvelage

Former President Barack Obama, October 2022 (Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

Former President Barack Obama has released his annual playlist featuring his favorite songs of the past year. His 2022 playlist includes Kendrick Lamar’s “The Heart Part 5,” Bad Bunny’s “Tití Me Preguntó,” Rosalía’s “Saoko,” and SZA’s “Shirt,” as well as other songs from Beyoncé, Ethel Cain, Burna Boy, Maggie Rogers, Sudan Archives, and more. Find the full tracklist below.

“I always enjoy sharing my end of year music playlist with all of you—and this year we heard a lot of great songs. Here are some of my favorites,” he wrote on Twitter. “Are there any songs or artists I should check out?”

In July, Obama shared his annual summer playlist, which included songs by Beyoncé, Harry Styles, Miles Davis, Rosalía, Nina Simone, Drake, and more. His year-end playlist follows his “Favorite Music of 2021” playlist; it featured songs by Mitski, Mdou Moctar, Ms. Lauryn Hill, the War on Drugs, and others.

Revisit Pitchfork’s feature “The Presidential Suite: A Look Back at Obama’s Musical Milestones.”

Barack Obama’s Favorite Music of 2022:

01 Kendrick Lamar: “The Heart Part 5”
02 Bad Bunny: “Tití Me Preguntó”
03 Ari Lennox: “POF”
04 Zach Bryan: “Something in the Orange”
05 Burna Boy: “Last Last”
06 Ethel Cain: “American Teenager”
07 Tank and the Bangas: “Communion in My Cup” [ft. the Ton3s]
08 Koffee: “Pull Up”
09 Rosalía: “Saoko”
10 Ayra Starr: “Rush”
11 Beyoncé: “Break My Soul”
12 SiR: “Life Is Good” [ft. Scribz Riley]
13 Maggie Rogers: “That’s Where I Am”
14 Leyla McCalla: “Dodinin”
15 Steve Lacy: “Sunshine” [ft. Fousheé]
16 Rema: “Calm Down”
17 Plains: “Problem With It”
18 Xavier Omär: “Feelings 4 You”
19 Danger Mouse and Black Thought: “Belize” [ft. MF DOOM]
20 Omar Apollo: “Tamagotchi”
21 Sudan Archives: “Home Maker”
22 NxWorries: “Where I Go” [ft. H.E.R.]
23 SZA: “Shirt”
24 Lizzo: “About Damn Time”
25 Adam Blackstone and Jazmine Sullivan: “‘Round Midnight”

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