It is clear to any serious fan of Frank Ocean that the man has an extensive musical palette. His ability to subvert and transcend a huge swath of genres and styles must come from somewhere. But it can now be said on the record that Ocean has both a seriously refined and seriously diverse taste in music. The singer put a list of all of his favorite songs in his new zine, Boys Don’t Cry, released in tandem with his long-awaited album Blonde.

Given his affinity and talent for the world of R&B, it comes as little surprise that Ocean would list tracks from classic artists like Al Green, Curtis Mayfield and Chaka Khan. But it turns out that he has some pretty superior taste in electronic music, with some of his favorites songs coming from the likes of Kraftwerk, Aphex Twin and Steve Reich. More recent picks like James Blake’s “I Never Learnt to Share” and Goldlink’s “When I Die” also make the cut, and Frankie really lets his sensitive side show with tracks like Simon & Garfunkel’s weepy ‘60s hit “Scarborough Fair.”

You can now stream the entire playlist via Apple Music (below) and Spotify.

See the full list of his favorite songs below via Genius:

“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 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
“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

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Senior Features Editor