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Jockeying for 2016 Jobs at Pitchfork, the Obamas Release Year-End Music, TV and Movie Recs

Jockeying for 2016 Jobs at Pitchfork, the Obamas Release Year-End Music, TV and Movie Recs:

It’s safe to say that Barack and Michelle Obama are two of the coolest people to ever take up residence in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, so when they talk about what they’re watching, reading or listening to, people take notice.

In a new interview with People, the Obamas picked their favorite songs, movies, TV shows and books of the year, and as usual they have pretty good taste.

First up, the music. For the President, the top song of 2015 was Kendrick Lamar’s powerful “How Much a Dollar Cost.”

The First Lady went a little lighter, but no less trendy, selecting that song you heard at every single wedding, prom and office party you went to this year: “Uptown Funk,” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.

When it came to movies, President Obama selected The Martian, Ridley Scott’s epic tale of survival on the red planet, while the First Lady went with Pixar’s tearjerking trip into the mind of a young girl, Inside Out. On the TV front, the President is a fan of the Cinemax period medical drama The Knick, while The First Lady chose the celebrated ABC sitcom Blackish.

Finally, we come to books. For the President, the best read of the year was Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies. The First Lady chose a nonfiction book: Elizabeth Alexander’s memoir about losing her husband, The Light of the World.

And there you have it. Now go watch, read and listen to all of these things in case you happen to run into Mr. and Mrs. Leader of the Free World at a Christmas party.

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