/  12.17.2021

As the year’s end approaches, Barack Obama is letting everyone know the songs he most enjoyed in 2021. On Friday morning (Dec. 17), the former president unveiled his end-of-the-year playlist, which made known his diverse taste in music, per usual.

“I’ve always enjoyed listening to a wide variety of music, so it’s no surprise that I listened to a little bit of everything this year,” he wrote alongside a list of the records. “I hope you find a new artist or song to add to your own playlist.”

Featured on Obama’s list were Spice’s “Go Down Deh” with fellow dancehall artists Sean Paul and Shaggy; Lizzo and Cardi B‘s “Rumors”; and “Headshots (4r Da Locals)” from TDE’s Isaiah Rashad. He also gave a nod to “Nobody,” Nas’ collaboration with Lauryn Hill; “In My Blood” by Morray and the late MO3; and Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me By Your Name) among other songs.

Excited by Obama’s mention of her song, Spice, who earned her first-ever Grammy nomination last month, took to social media celebrate.

“Just when I thought my year couldn’t end any better, Mr. President @barackobama announced that he has been listening to my song,” she wrote on Instagram. “Mmmnnn Go Down Deh ‼️ Woooiieeee. Mi Price gone up again.”

Lizzo used the moment to encourage artists to make the music they want.

“Whew! I needed this right now…,” wrote the “Truth Hurts” singer. “Listen ya’ll— there’s amazing music that isn’t viral, that isn’t charting, that don’t have a TikTok trend…My music touches people— don’t believe me, ask Obama. Artists don’t be discouraged— make the music YOU love and believe in and the rest will follow! Thank you @barackobama for putting me and @iamcardib on your “best of…” playlist.”

Look below to see “Barack Obama‘s Favorite Music of 2021″ playlist. The reactions from Spice and Lizzo can also be found below.

 

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