President Obama’s 2018 Year-End List Names JAY-Z, Beyoncé & J. Cole As His Favorites

Posted on December 28th, 2018
Derêka K. Bennett

At the end of each year, President Barack Obama always shares his favorite songs, books and movies out of the whole year.

And at the top of this year’s list, the president includes The Carters’ “APESH*T,” which comes from the power couple’s joint album, EVERYTHING IS LOVE.

In a Facebook post, Obama stated, “It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved,” he wrote.”It also gives me a chance to highlight talented authors, artists, and storytellers – some who are household names and others who you may not have heard of before.”

Obama also listed J. Cole’s “Kevin’s Heart,” Jay Rock’s “Wow Freestyle” featuring Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper’s latest, “My Own Thing” featuring Joey Purp and Cardi B’s “I Like It” single.

In addition to this listed, he also name some of the movies and books he loved in 2018. Check out Obama’s 2018 year-end music list below and the full list below.

“APESH*T” – The Carters
“Bad Bad News” – Leon Bridges
“Could’ve Been” – H.E.R. f. Bryson Tiller
“Disco Yes” – Tom Misch f. Poppy Ajudha
“Ekombe” – Jupiter & Okwess
“Every Time I Hear That Song” – Brandi Carlile
“Girl Goin’ Nowhere” – Ashley McBryde
“Historia De Un Amor” – Tonina f. Javier Limón and Tali Rubinstein
“I Like It” – Cardi B. f. Bad Bunny and J Balvin
“Kevin’s Heart” – J. Cole
“King For A Day” – Anderson East
“Love Lies” – Khalid & Normani
“Make Me Feel” – Janelle Monáe
“Mary Don’t You Weep (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)” – Prince
“My Own Thing” – Chance the Rapper f. Joey Purp
“Need a Little Time” – Courtney Barnett
“Nina Cried Power” – Hozier f. Mavis Staples
“Nterini” – Fatoumata Diawara
“One Trick Ponies” – Kurt Vile
“Turnin’ Me Up” – BJ the Chicago Kid
“Wait by the River” – Lord Huron
“Wow Freestyle” – Jay Rock f. Kendrick Lamar

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