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How ‘Essence’ made it to Obama’s list of favourite music in 2020

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Former US president, Barack Obama on Saturday released his favourite tracks for 2020 and Essence by Wizkid featuring Tems made the cut. 

Obama while explaining how he selected the 30 tracklist said that his music choices were influenced by the family’s music guru, Sasha Obama. 

“Here are some of my favorite songs of the year. As usual, I had some valuable consultation from our family music guru, Sasha, to put this together. I hope you find a new song or two to listen to.”

Essence, a single off Wizkid’s latest album, “Made in Lagos” is the only Nigerian song in the list. 

Meanwhile in 2019, Burna Boy’s Anybody and Rema’s Iron man were featured in the list. 

As evident in the list, Obama’s music taste cuts across many genres from  pop (Dua Lipa’s Levitating, Jessie Ware’s Remember Where You Are) to rock (Bruce Springsteen’s Ghosts, Bob Dylan’s Goodbye Jimmy Reed,  Jeff Tweedy’s Love Is the King) to rap (J. Cole’s The Climb Back, Travis Scott’s Franchise, Lil Baby’s The Bigger Picture) to country (Chris Stapleton’s Starting Over, Ruston Kelly’s Brave). 

Here is the full list of Obama’s 30 favourite tracks: 

SAVAGE REMIX – Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé

LOVE IS THE KING – Jeff Tweedy

FRANCHISE- Travis Scott ft. Young Thug g M.I.A.

NADA- Lido Pimienta f. Li Saumet

CAN’T DO MUCH- Waxahatchee

THE BIGGER PICTURE- Lil Baby

GHOSTS- Bruce Springsteen

LEVITATING- Dua Lipa ft. DaBaby

THE CLIMB BACK – J. cole

REPEAT- J Hus ft. Koffee

DAMAGE- H.E.R.

GOODBYE JIMMY REED- Bob Dylan

SUMMER 2020- Jhené Aiko

BRAVE- Ruston Kelly

UWRONGO (EDIT)- Prince Kaybee, Shimza, Black Motion, and Ami Faku

BETTER DISTRACTIONS – Faye Webster

LEMONADE- Internet Money ft. Don Toliver, Gunna, and NAV

BLUE WORLD- Mac Miller

CUT EM IN- Anderson . Paak ft. Rick Ross

STARTING OVER- Chris Stapleton

MECCA- Spillage Village, JID EARTHGANG

LA DIFICIL- Bad Bunny

ESSENCE- WizKid ft. Tems

ALL MY GIRLS LIKE TO FIGHT- Hope Tala

KYOTO- Phoebe Bridgers

SUN CAME OUT- Gunna

REMEMBER WHERE YOU ARE- Jessie Ware

4 My PPL – Goodie Mob

DISTANCE- Yebba

ONE LIFE, MIGHT LIVE- Little Simz

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