Barack Obama just revealed his favourite songs and books from 2017

And now we can’t stop picturing him dancing to Harry Styles…

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And now we can’t stop picturing him dancing to Harry Styles

He may have left the White House over a year ago, but Barack Obama is still guiding the way for us all.

To mark the New Year the 56-year-old took to his public Facebook page to share his top songs and books from 2017 - Rihanna, Camila Cabello and Harry Styles made the list - just FYI.

‘During my presidency, I started a tradition of sharing my reading lists and playlists,’ he announced in a Facebook post to his 55 million followers. ‘It was a nice way to reflect on the works that resonated with me and lift up authors and artists from around the world.’

He continued: ‘With some extra time on my hands this year to catch up, I wanted to share the books and music that I enjoyed most. From songs that got me moving to stories that inspired me, here’s my 2017 list - I hope you enjoy it and have a happy and healthy New Year.’

Obama then proceeded to list his top songs and books of 2017 and it’s everything. The thought of Obama dancing to Camila Cabello’s Havana is making us very happy.

The best books Obama read in 2017:

The Power by Naomi Alderman Grant by Ron Chernow Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein Exit West by Mohsin Hamid Five-Carat Soul by James McBride Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward *Bonus for hoops fans: Coach Wooden and Me by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Basketball (and Other Things) by Shea Serrano

Obama’s favourite songs of 2017:

Mi Gente by J Balvin & Willy William Havana by Camila Cabello (feat. Young Thug) Blessed by Daniel Caesar The Joke by Brandi Carlile First World Problems by Chance The Rapper (feat. Daniel Caesar) Rise Up by Andra Day Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled (feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller) Family Feud by Jay-Z (feat. Beyoncé) Humble by Kendrick Lamar La Dame et Ses Valises by Les Amazones d’Afrique (feat. Nneka) Unforgettable by French Montana (feat. Swae Lee) The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness by The National Chanel by Frank Ocean Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man Butterfly Effect by Travis Scott Matter of Time by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Little Bit by Mavis Staples Millionaire by Chris Stapleton Sign of the Times by Harry Styles Broken Clocks by SZA Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix) by U2 *Bonus: Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen (not out yet, but the blues version in his Broadway show is the best!)

We’re off to buy ALL of these.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

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