The Internet Turned Frank Ocean’s Favorite Songs List Into A Spotify Playlist

08.23.16 2 years ago 2 Comments


As many of you know, in addition to finally releasing the visual album Endless, which was promptly followed up by the full-length album Blonde, Frank Ocean also published a zine, Boys Don’t Cry, which offers even more insight into the mysterious psyche of the elusively talented R&B star. The zine is available at a number of pop-up shops and features a poem about McDonald’s by Kanye West as well as a poem by Tyler, the Creator.

You can also read about some of Frank Ocean’s inspirations, as he offers a list of his favorite songs. Some of the tracks are from his contemporaries, but a majority of them span past decades and other genres — it’s eclectic and it’s long. Some of the songs are more on the esoteric side (Japanese synth pioneer Isao Tomita’s cover of “Claire De Lune,” for example) while others are mainstream and familiar favorites (Simon and Garfunkel’s sensitive ballad “Scarborough Fair” ). David Crosby, Willie Nelson, Mazzy Star, Kraftwerk, Aphex Twin and Nina Simone are among just a few other notable luminaries credited as being among his favorites. Even Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds make a cameo, but as we’ve learned with Frank Ocean, we can always expect him to surprise us. Appropriately, the playlist ends with the Cure’s immortal track, “Boys Don’t Cry.”

Here the full list:

“Crosstown Traffic”— Jimi Hendrix
“How Insensitive”— Frank Sinatra
“Scarborough Fair”—Simon & Garfunkel
“Fur Alina No. 1″— Arvo Part
“I Feel Love” — Donna Summer
“To The Last Whale” — Crosby & Nash
“Prints Tie” — Bobby Hutcherson
“Jardim Dos Deuses” — Joyce, Nana Vasconcelos and Mauricio MaestraJoyce Moreno
“Fade Into You” — Mazzy Star
“And No More Shall We Part” — Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
“I Never Learnt To Share” — James Blake
“One Mo’gin” — D’Angelo
“The Last One To Be Loved” — Gabor Szabo
“Shadows” — Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes
“Images: Live In 1964” — Nina Simone
“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” — Roberta Flack
“It’s Gonna Rain, Part 1 (1965)” — Steve Reich
“Stardust” — Willie Nelson
“Nós e o mar” — Tamba Trio
“$” — D.R.A.M.
“When I Die” — Goldlink
“The Man Machine” — Kraftwerk
“Asiko” — Tony Allen
“Earth Bound Hearts” — John Mclaughlin feat. John Surman
“Simply Beautiful” — Al Green
“Mr. Bojangles” — Nina Simone
“Flamingo” — Todd Rundgren
“The Medley Of Praise” — Daryl Coley
“Claire De Lune” — Isao Tomita
“Calls” — Robert Glasper feat. Jill Scott
“Your Smile” — Chaka Khan and Rufus
‘Bitch Please” — Death Grips
“Anthrax” — Gang Of Four
“I Am The Walrus” — The Beatles
“Jesus Children Of America” — Stevie Wonder
“Garden Of Linmiri” — Caustic Window
“Home (YouTube Rip)” – Kim Burrell
“Vibrate” — OutKast
“aisatsana [102]” — Aphex Twin
“Mis” — Alex G
“Right Down The Line” — Gerry Rafferty
“Anytime” — Ray J
“Jesus” — Curtis Mayfield
“Something About Us” — Daft Punk
“Your Daddy Loves You” — Gil Scott Heron
“Portrait Of Tracy” — Jaco Pastorius
“Rusholme Ruffians” — The Smiths
“When U Were Mine” — Prince
“Road To Nowhere”— Talking Heads
“Boys Don’t Cry” — The Cure
“Solo” — Frank Ocean
“Solo” (reprise) — Frank Ocean

(Via FACT Mag)

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