Obama Out With Favorites of 2020

He's a fan of Better Call Saul
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2020 6:35 AM CST
Obama Out With Favorites of 2020
Former President Obama at a rally for Joe Biden on Nov. 2 in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Barack Obama has developed a tradition of sorts by unveiling year-end favorites, and this year's lists include TV shows, movies, books, and songs of 2020. And, no, he doesn't include his own memoir, though he does give it a plug. From Obama over the last few days:

  • TV series: Better Call Saul, the Queen’s Gambit, I May Destroy You, The Boys, The Good Lord Bird, Devs, The Last Dance, Mrs. America, The Good Place, and City So Real.
  • Movies: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Beanpole, Bacurau, Nomadland, Soul, Lovers Rock, Collective, Mank, Martin Eden, Let Him Go, Time, Boys State, Selah and the Spades, and Crip Camp.

Obama's favorite books:

  • Homeland Elegies: A Novel, by Ayad Akhtar
  • Jack, by Marilynne Robinson
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson
    The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance during the Blitz, by Erik Larson;
  • Luster, by Raven Leilani
  • How Much of These Hills Is Gold, by C Pam Zhang
  • Long Bright River, by Liz Moore
  • Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir, by Natasha Trethewey
  • Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism, by Anne Applebaum
  • Deacon King Kong, by James McBride
  • The Undocumented Americans, by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
  • The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett
  • The Glass Hotel, by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family, by Robert Kolker
  • The Ministry for the Future, by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Sharks in the Time of Saviors, by Kawai Strong Washburn
  • Missionaries, by Phil Klay

Obama's favorite songs:

  • "Savage (Remix)" by Meghan The Stallion feat. Beyonce
  • "Love is the King" by Jeff Tweedy
  • "Franchise" by Travis Scott feat. Young Thug and M.I.A.
  • "Nada" by Lido Pimienta feat. Li Saumet
  • "Can't Do Much" by Waxahatchee
  • "The Bigger Picture" by Lil Baby
  • "Ghosts" by Bruce Springsteen
  • "Levitating" by Dua Lipa feat. DaBaby
  • "The Climb Back" by J. Cole
  • "Repeat" by J Hus feat. Koffee
  • "Damage" by H.E.R.
  • "Goodbye Jimmy Reed" by Bob Dylan
  • "Summer 2020" by Jhene Aiko
  • "Brave" by Ruston Kelly
  • "Uwrongo (Edit)" by Prince Kaybee, Shimza, Black Motion and Ami Faku
  • "Better Distractions" by Faye Webster
  • "Lemonade" by Internet Money feat. Don Toliver, Gunna and NAV
  • "Blue World" by Mac Miller
  • "Cut Em In" by Anderson Pak feat. Rick Ross
  • "Starting Over" by Chris Stapleton
  • "Mecca" by Spillage Village, JID and Earthgang
  • "La Dificil" by Bad Bunny
  • "Essence" by Wiz Kid feat. Tems
  • "All My Girls Like To Fight" by Hope Tala
  • "Kyoto" by Phoebe Bridges
  • "Sun Came Out" by Gunna
  • "Remember Where You Are" by Jesse Ware
  • "4 My PPL" by Goodie Mob
  • "Distance" by Yebba
  • "One Life, Might Live" by Little Simz
(Read more Barack Obama stories.)

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