One of Frank Ocean's Favorite Songs Ever Is by Ray J

One of Frank Ocean's Favorite Songs Ever Is by Ray J

He listed out the songs that have inspired him over the years.

Published August 23, 2016

Frank Ocean really leveled up this time around. Now that his beyond highly-anticipated follow-up to 2012’s Channel Orange is finally available, fans are jokingly worried that the musician is really going to disappear now for five years at least.

After dropping two albums, several visuals and a magazine, Frank Ocean luckily continues to release new content and there’s no sign of him retreating back into his elusive and creative cave just yet.

In addition to the new music he’s released, Frank Ocean also is rolling out content from his Boys Don’t Cry zine, which most recently included a list of his favorite songs.

Much to no one's surprise, the list features a variety of genres throughout different eras, but curiously does not include any songs from his frequent collaborators such as Kanye West or Tyler, the Creator. However, the list does include the likes of D’AngeloRay J and Jimi Hendrix.

Take a peep at Frank Ocean's list of self-declared favorite songs, in no particular order, below:

“Crosstown Traffic” – Jimi Hendrix
“How Insensitive” – Frank Sinatra 

“Scarborough Fair” – Simon & Garfunkel

“Alina” – Arvo Part

“I Feel Love” – Donna Summer
“To the Last Whale” – Crosby & Nash
“Prints Tie” – Bobby Hutcherson
“Jardim Dos Deuses” – Joyce Moreno
“Fade Into You” – Mazzy Star
“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” – 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 featuring 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 featuring Jill Scott
“Your Smile” – Chaka Khan and Rufus
“B***h 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
“12 Aisatsana” – 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


Written by KC Orcutt

(Photos from left: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for BMI, David M. Benett/Getty Images for Mondrian Hotel)


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