Did you know that in Lightning, the default list view of an object will always default to the ‘Recently Viewed’ list?
Currently, there is no function in Lightning to change this behaviour – which means you are stuck with looking at this view first (at the moment).
Our tip to work around this is we recommend adding your favourite list view to your Favorites list. Which is a cool feature in Lightning – where you can go directly to a favourite location.
Here is some information to consider concerning Favourites.