Besides releasing his new albums Endless and Blond over the weekend, Frank Ocean also put out his long-mooted magazine Boys Don’t Cry, releasing it in pop-up stores in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Though the magazine flew off shelves in an instant, those who weren’t quick enough to grab a copy (or who aren’t living in a major city) have been well-served online, with scans of its pages slowly creeping up on message boards and social media.
One of its pages, uploaded to Genius, features a list of Ocean’s favourite songs. It’s a varied pick, mostly showcasing deep cuts from artists that the R&B singer admires as well as a few big tracks, and it shows off the singer’s exquisite tastes. Aphex Twin, Donna Summer, Mazzy Star, and Arvo Pärt all appear, as do collaborators like James Blake, OutKast, and Alex G. In fact, it’s not hard to see the list as a reference point for the different moods, styles, and lyrical inspirations behind Blond.
If you want to hear the tracks that made Frank Ocean, a few people have helpfully compiled the tracks into Apple Music and Spotify playlists, which you can listen to below. Naturally, it all ends with The Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry”.