Obama Shared His List of 2017 Favorites & One Latino Artist Made the Cut

Even though Barack Obama is no longer making executive decisions for the country, he is, however, helping us decide what we should add on to our Spotify playlist.

The former president shared his ever-so-popular 2017 highlights, which includes a roundup of his favorite books and songs of the year. “During my presidency, I started a tradition of sharing my reading lists and playlists. It was a nice way to reflect on the works that resonated with me and lift up authors and artists from around the world,” Obama wrote on his verified Facebook account. “With some extra time on my hands this year to catch up, I wanted to share the books and music that I enjoyed most. From songs that got me moving to stories that inspired me, here’s my 2017 list — I hope you enjoy it and have a happy and healthy New Year.”

Among the singers that landed the list were Latin artists, J Balvin and Camila Cabello. The Colombian heartthrob earned a spot on Obama’s favorites thanks to his chart-topper, “Mi Gente.” The reggaetonero couldn’t contain his excitement after seeing his name make the list and took to Instagram to thank Mr.44.

“Gracias @barackobama thank u mr president !!!! MI GENTE,” Balvin captioned the screenshot.

Gracias @barackobama thank u mr president !!!! MI GENTE

Uma publicação partilhada por J Balvin (@jbalvin) a 31 de Dez, 2017 às 12:30 PST

Former Fifth Harmony member also appeared on Obama’s annual end of the year list with her hit, “Havana.”

Check out Obama’s favorite hits of 2017:

“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: “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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