Burna Boy, Rema, Angelique Kidjo make Obama’s favourite music of 2019 list

Both musicians are the only Nigerians on the list with both records nestling alongside 32 others
Burna Boy, Rema make Obama’s favourite music of 2019 list

Rema’s ‘Iron Man’, Burna Boy’s ‘Anybody’ and Angelique Kidjo’s ‘La Vida es Un Carnaval’, have made former U.S. president, Barrack Obama’s favourite music of 2019 list.

Obama disclosed this on Twitter on Monday, tagging the annual list a “favourite tradition.”

Both musicians are the only Nigerians on the list with both records nestling alongside 32 others.

Housed under his successful “African Giant” album, Burna Boy’s ‘Anybody’, was undoubtedly one of the most popular Nigerian records of 2019. It was featured on ‘Ballers’, a popular American TV series in September 2019.

Rema’s ‘Iron man’ polarized audiences as the first release from the 19-year-old Mavin singer who has enjoyed a successful debut year. 

This is the second time Obama has co-signed the record. Back in August, ‘Iron Man’ had earlier made it to The Obamas’ 2019 Summer Playlist as the only Nigerian on the list.

Announcing his list on Twitter, Obama wrote, “From hip-hop to country to The Boss, here are my songs of the year”.

“If you’re looking for something to keep you company on a long drive or help you turn up a workout, I hope there’s a track or two in here that does the trick.”

Besides a track from Bruce Springsteen’s “Western Stars,” songs by Mavis Staples, DaBaby, Frank Ocean, Joe Henry, Beyonce and Solange, also made theme cut.

Unlike his books and movies/TV lists, which he posted over the weekend, Obama’s music list comes with a bonus; a Spotify playlist.

Obama’s list of favourite songs from 2018 included songs by Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monae, H.E.R. and Ashley McBryde, as well as Cardi B, Lord Huron, Kurt Vile, Hozier, Chance the Rapper, Courtney Barnett, Khalid and Leon Bridges.

See the full list of Obama’s 2019 favourite tracks below:

  • Barack Obama’s favourite music of 2019:
  • ‘Playing Games’ – Summer Walker
  • ‘Not’ – Big Thief
  • ‘Go DJ’ – Kaytrana featuring SIR
  • ‘Juice’ – Lizzo
  • ‘Redesigning Women’ – The Highwomen
  • ‘Anybody’ – Burna Boy
  • ‘Burning’ – Maggie Rogers.
  • ‘Baila Baila Baila (Remix) – Ozuna featuring Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Farruko and Anuel AA.
  • ‘Different Kind of Love’ – Adia Victoria.
  • ‘Change’ – Mavis Staples.
  • ‘Toast’ – Koffee.
  • ‘Oblivions’ – The National.
  • ‘Binz’ – Solange.
  • ‘Seventeen’ – Sharon Van Etten.
  • ‘Middle Child’ – J. Cole.
  • ‘Jicama’ – Angelica Garcia.
  • ‘Go’ – The Black Keys.
  • ‘La Vida es Un Carnaval’ – Angelique Kidjo.
  • ‘Show Me Love’ – Alicia Keys featuring Miguel.
  • ‘Joke Ting’ – Goldlink featuring Ari Pensmith.
  • ‘Old Town Road (Remix)’ – Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.
  • ‘Cold/Mess’ – Prateek Kuhad.
  • ‘Suge’ – Dababy.
  • ‘Hello Sunshine’ – Bruce Springsteen.
  • ‘In My Room’ – Frank Ocean.
  • ‘Iron Man’ – Rema.
  • ‘The London’ – Young Thug featuring J. Cole and Travis Scott.
  • ‘Raleighwood Hills’ – Lesthegenius featuring Sonny Miles and Jaxson Free.
  • ‘Pure Water’ – Mustard featuring Migos.
  • ‘3 Nights’ – Dominic Fike.
  • ‘The Fact of Love’ – Joe Henry.
  • ‘Con Altura’ – Rosalia.
  • ‘I Want You Around’ – Snoh Aalegra.
  • ‘On Chill’ – Wale featuring Jeremih.
  • ‘Mood 4 Eva’ – Beyonce.


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