Barack Obama’s favorites of 2022


Former president Barack Obama has revealed his list of this years’ favorite books, songs and movies. “I always look forward to sharing my lists of favorite books, movies, and music with all of you,” he tweeted on Friday.

Already a tradition, the former president shared his top lists organized in three categories: “great movies,” “great songs” and “books I enjoyed.” “This year we heard a lot of great songs. Here are some of my favorites,” he tweeted alongside with the list of 25 tunes that he likes. The genres are quite diverse, from hip-hop to country and from rock to pop, the 61-year-old seems open to new sounds as he asked his fallowers if there are “any songs or artists I should check out?”

The favorite movies list includes 17 titles, also covering a broad range of genres from the top box office movie of 2022, “Top Gun: Maverick”, to the documentary “Descendant,” which he noted he was “biased” about since the Netflix documentary was produced by his own production company Higher Ground Productions. He posted the list with the caption: “I saw some great movies this year – here are some of my favorites. What did I miss?”

The former president also enjoys some good reads, his personal favorite being his wife’s latest memoir, “The Light We Carry”. “First up, here are some of the books I read and enjoyed this year. Let me know which books I should check out in 2023,” he tweeted.

Here are the full lists of the president’s favorites for 2022! Enjoy!


“The Light We Carry” – Michelle Obama

“Sea of Tranquility” – Emily St. John Mandel

“Trust” – Hernan Diaz

“The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams” – Stacy Schiff

“The Furrows: A Novel” – Namwali Serpell

“South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation” – Imani Perry

“The School for Good Mothers” – Jessamine Chan

“Black Cake” – Charmaine Wilkerson

“Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands” – Kate Beaton

“An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us” – Ed Yong

“Liberation Day” – George Saunders

“The Candy House” – Jennifer Egan

“Afterlives” – Abdulrazak Gurnah

“The Fabelmans”

“Decision to Leave”

“The Woman King”


“Emily the Criminal”

“Petite Maman”




“Everything Everywhere All at Once”

“Top Gun: Maverick”

“The Good Boss”

“Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy”

“A Hero”

“Hit the Road”


“After Yang”


“The Heart Part 5” – Kendrick Lamar

“Tití Me Preguntó” – Bad Bunny

“POF” – Ari Lennox

“Something in the Orange” – Zach Bryan

“Last Last” – Burna Boy

“American Teenager” – Ethel Cain

“Communion in My Cup” – Tank and The Bangas ft. The Ton3s

“Pull Up” – Koffee

“Saoko” – Rosalía

“Rush” – Ayra Starr

“Break My Soul” – Beyoncé

“Life is Good” – SiR ft. Scribz Riley

“That’s Where I Am” – Maggie Rogers

“Dodinin” – Leyla McCalla

“Sunshine” – Steve Lacy ft. Fousheé

“Calm Down” – Rema

“Problem With It” – Plains

“Feelings 4 You” – Xavier Omär

“Belize” – Danger Mouse and Black Thought ft. MF DOOM

“Tamagotchi” – Omar Apollo

“Home Maker” – Sudan Archives

“Where I Go” – NxWorries (Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge) ft. H.E.R.

“Shirt” – SZA

“About Damn Time” – Lizzo

“‘Round Midnight” – Adam Blackstone and Jazmine Sullivan