Songs by Jay-Z, Harry Styles among Obama's favorites of 2017

One of Obama’s favorite songs this year was “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar

As 2017 comes to a close, we're insanely happy to hear someone has picked the brain of former president Barack Obama to find out his favorite tracks of the year!

Barack Obama seems to have put his post-White House downtime to good use.

"During my presidency, I started a tradition of sharing my reading lists and playlists", Obama wrote in a Facebook post Sunday. He joked that since he has some "extra time on his hands" this year he chose to bring the lists back.

Among his favorite songs this year are several heaters from artists like SZA ("Broken Clocks"), Travis Scott ("Butterfly Effect"), Jay-Z ("Family Feud"), DJ Khaled ("Wild Thoughts"), Kendrick Lamar ("Humble"), a song from a group of all-female west African musicians and a single from the elusive Frank Ocean (Chanel).

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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. The Man's "Feel It Still" this past year.

Former POTUS kicked off his favorite music releases of 2017 with J Balvin and Willy William's "Mi Gente" or "My People" followed by Camila Cabello's hit song, "Havana" featuring Young Thug.

Obama is soon to join the ranks of writers, as CNN reports that he and his wife, former first lady Michelle Obama, have both been writing.

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