Barack Obama Includes Burna Boy, Ayra Starr On His Summer Playlist

Obama vs Burna Boy

The summer 2023 playlist of former US President Barack Obama includes the music of Nigerian artists Burna Boy and Sabi girl Ayra Starr.

Ayra Starr’s “Stability” and Burna Boy’s “Sitting On Top Of The World” were two of the tracks Obama included in his yearly summer reading list and playlist, which he shared on Twitter this morning.

Here are some songs I’ve been listening to this summer that are a mix of old and new like I do every year. I’m eager to learn what I missed, Obama stated.

The playlist, which is available on Spotify, features a wide range of genres, from hip-hop and R&B to rock and pop. Some of the highlights include:

Here’s a look at the full list:

“Snooze” by SZA
“Not Strong Enough” by Boygenius
“Only Have Eyes 42” by Janelle Monáe
“Blue Train” by John Coltrane
“Dancing In the Dark” by Bruce Springsteen
“Sability” by Ayra Starr
“Princess Diana” by Ice Spice & Nicki Minaj

Obama’s reading list is also eclectic, featuring a mix of fiction and nonfiction, classics, and new releases. Some of the books on the list include:

“The Ministry for the Future” by Kim Stanley Robinson
“The Book of Joy” by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
“The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
“Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell
“The Lincoln Highway” by Amor Towles
“The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead
“Normal People” by Sally Rooney
“The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett
“The Secret History” by Donna Tartt

“Poverty, by America” by Matthew Desmond
“Small Mercies” by Dennis Lehane
“King: A Life” by Jonathan Eig
“Hello Beautiful” by Ann Napolitano
“All The Sinners Bleed” by S.A. Cosby
“Birnam Wood” by Eleanor Catton


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