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Barack Obama Shares 2022 Playlist featuring SZA, Lizzo, Steve Lacy

Maggie Rogers, Bad Bunny, Rosalia, and Sudan Archives also made the cut
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Every year around this time, former president Barack Obama gives a little gift to his social media followers by sharing a playlist of his favorite music of the past 12 months.

Released yesterday (Dec. 23), Obama’s 2022 edition is quite eclectic, featuring rap, singer-songwriter fare, R&B, pop, folk, and reggae as well as some of the year’s biggest standouts. Among those making the cut are SZA (with her comeback tune “Shirt”), Lizzo’s “About Damn Time,” and “Sunshine” by Steve Lacy featuring Fousheé.

“I always enjoy sharing my end of year music playlist with all of you — and this year we heard a lot of great songs. Here are some of my favorites,” Obama captioned his Twitter post, also asking his followers for any artists or songs he should check out.

His 2022 picks reflect many of the entrants on SPIN‘s 50 Best Songs of 2022 list, including Sudan Archives’ “Home Maker,” Rosalia’s “Saoko,” and “That’s Where I Am” from Maggie Rogers, among others.

Check out Obama’s full 2022 playlist below. For more great music from 2022, see SPIN’s 22 Best Albums of the Year list.