Former President Barack Obama Releases His Favorite Songs & Books of 2017

Former President of The United States of America, Barack Obama, Releases his favorite songs and books of 2017, this is a tradition he starting, sharing his playlists with the world to reflect on the works that resonated with him and…

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Posted on January 2, 2018

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Former President of The United States of America, Barack Obama, Releases his favorite songs and books of 2017, this is a tradition he starting, sharing his playlists with the world to reflect on the works that resonated with him and to lift up authors and artists from around the world as he mentioned in his lengthy Facebook post.

His favorite books of 2017 included: 

  • The Power by Naomi Alderman
  • Grant by Ron Chernow
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
  • Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein
  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  • Five-Carat Soul by James McBride
  • Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
  • Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

*Bonus book for hoops fans: Coach Wooden and Me by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Basketball (and Other Things) by Shea Serrano

His favorite songs of 2017 included: 

  • 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 song: Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen (not out yet, but the blues version in his Broadway show is the best!)

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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