Barack Obama shouts out The Beths, Eleanor Catton as summer favourites

The Beths have reacted to being called Barack Obama's "favourite".
The Beths have reacted to being called Barack Obama's "favourite". Photo credit: Getty Images / Facebook

New Zealand band The Beths and Kiwi author Eleanor Catton have made a list of former US President Barack Obama's summer highlights.

Obama, 61, has shared his annual list of summer favourites on social media, which draws attention each year. 

"Like I do every year, here are some songs I've been listening to this summer -a mix of old and new. Look forward to hearing what I've missed," he wrote.

On his summer playlist, he included The Beths' song 'Watching the Credits': an accolade the band shared on their Facebook page with the caption, "Whoa ok".

Reaction has been swift to the revelation, with commenters impressed Obama had heard them and also loved their music enough to tell the world.

"Stoked our former President listens to you guys. As a USAlian forever wanting Kiwis to cross over: yess [sic]!" one said on Facebook.

"Yet another reason to love him!" another said.

Also included on his list were the likes of Ice Spice, SZA, and Kelela, as well as classics from Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and Ike & Tina Turner.

And Kiwi author Eleanor Catton may also see a rise in book sales after her latest work Birnam Wood got a shoutout from Obama.

She released her third book in March this year.