Barack and Michelle Obama Reveal Their Best of 2015 Picks

Songs, TV shows, books, and more.

As the year winds down, it seems like everyone’s got a Best of 2015 list ready to go. Even President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama got into the mix with their year-end picks for People magazine.

When it comes to music, Barack’s favorite song of 2015 was “How Much a Dollar Costs”—a complex track off of Kendrick Lamar‘s unstoppable To Pimp a Butterfly. Michelle didn’t really follow the rules and chose Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars‘ “Uptown Funk” (which came out in 2014) as her ultimate 2015 jam, but she gets a pass because that song has continued to saturate the airwaves since dropping last November.

The Obama’s favorite films—The Martian (Barack) and Inside Out (Michelle)—found them both in a fun-loving and ultimately uplifting mood, but their television choices—The Knick (Barack) and Black-ish (Michelle)—could not have been further apart from each other in genre and violence level.

Rounding out their savvy list of 2015 favorites were the power couple’s favorite books: Lauren Groff‘s novel Fates and Furies for the President, and Elizabeth Alexander‘s memoir The Light of the World for the First Lady.

Hear Barack’s favorite track of the year below.

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