Barack Obama’s Favorite Music of 2019 Includes Songs to “Turn Up a Workout,” and They Deliver


Barack Obama has good taste in, well, everything, and apparently that includes workout music. It’s become somewhat of a tradition for the former president to release his top picks in books, movies, TV, and music each year, and in 2019, his list of songs included this note: “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.” What followed was a playlist of 36 songs that truly impress, some from artists you know well and others from ones that, with Obama’s stamp of approval, you’re sure to know soon. Here are the ones we’re adding to our workout playlist ASAP. Keep reading to listen!

  • “Playing Games” by Summer Walker
  • “Go DJ” by Kaytranada feat. Sir
  • “Juice” by Lizzo
  • “Anybody” by Burna Boy
  • “Burning” by Maggie Rogers
  • “Baila Baila Baila (Remix)” by Ozuna feat. Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Farruko, and Anuel AA
  • “Different Kind of Love” by Adia Victoria
  • “Toast” by Koffee
  • “Seventeen” by Sharon Van Etten
  • “Middle Child” by J. Cole
  • “Go” by The Black Keys
  • “Joke Ting” by GoldLink feat. Ari PenSmith
  • “Suge” by DaBaby
  • “Iron Man” by Rema
  • “The London” by Young Thug feat. J. Cole and Travis Scott
  • “Pure Water” by Mustard feat. Migos
  • “Con Altura” by Rosalía and J Balvin feat. El Guincho
  • “Mood 4 Eva” by Beyoncé

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