Barack Obama's 'Best Of 2017' Playlist Is Worth Your Attention

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Former President Barack Obama has released on social media a list of his favorite songs and books from 2017.

With what he called "extra time on my hands this year" since he ended his two terms as president, Obama selected 12 books and 22 songs to recommend in 2017.

His music picks include classic Obama favorites like Chance the Rapper, Frank Ocean, and Kendrick Lamar, as well as some unexpected choices like Camila Cabello (who can resist "Havana"?), Harry Styles, and Portugal.

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Obama writes that he wanted to continue the tradition he stared during his presidency of sharing his reading and playlists.

In a December 31, 2017 post on Facebook, the former president revived a tradition he started while in the White House, and shared his reading list and playlist from 2017. "It was a nice way to reflect on the works that resonated with me and lift up authors and artists from around the world".

Read his full list of 2017 picks above. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller), and "Family Feud" by Jay-Z (feat.

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Is anyone else having trouble picturing the former President singing along to Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled?

His list included a healthy mix of both novels (like "Anything Is Possible" by Elizabeth Strout and "Exit West" by Mohsin Hamid, the latter of which centers of emigration and refugees) and nonfiction, including a biography of Ulysses S. Grant by Ron Chernow.

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