Former President Barack Obama has shared his list of favorite songs and books from 2022 so far, along with a series of hard-hitting favorites and newcomers.
“Each year I’m excited to share my summer playlist because I learn about so many new artists from your responses – it’s an example of how music can truly bring us together,” Obama wrote on Twitter Tuesday.
The list includes Beyoncé’s new single, “Break My Soul” and Harry Styles’ “Music for a Sushi Restaurant” alongside classics from Miles Davis, Al Green and Bruce Springsteen. The 44-track playlist also includes songs from Australian Sampa the Great, Nigerian singer Burna Boy and Isle of Wight newcomers Wet Leg.
Obama’s summer playlists often span a range of genres, and his 2022 picks are no different. The list includes Emily St. John Mandel’s new sci-fi novel ‘Sea of Tranquility’, Lan Samantha Chang’s ‘The Family Chao’ and Jennifer Egan’s sequel to her acclaimed ‘A Visit From the Goon’. Squad”, “The Candy House”. .”
“The best surprise,” wrote Jessamine Chan, the author of “The School for Good Mothers”, on Instagram. “Thank you to my fellow Chicagoan and birthday twin @barackobama for this first gift. I want to write something cohesive here, but I haven’t had enough caffeine yet and I’m losing my mind.
Ezra Klein’s 2020 book “Why We’re Polarized” and Yascha Mounk’s “The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure” are also appropriate picks for the current political era.
Other books featured include “Blood in the Garden: The Flagrant History of the 1990s New York Knicks.”
“For Hoops fans,” Obama wrote.