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The Ultimate Frank Ocean Playlist

Deep cuts, Frank-heavy collabos, live renditions and the very best from 'Nostalgia, Ultra' and 'Channel Orange'—it's all here for your ears

1 / 18

"Sweet Life"

Life literally never feels sweeter than when listening to this Pharrell-aided silky smoothness.

For more, check out Fuse's Complete Guide to Frank Ocean's Upcoming Second Album, featuring the LP's history, potential collaborators and much more.

2 / 18

"Hero" with Diplo and The Clash's Mick Jones & Paul Simonon

This track from Converse's Three Artists, One Song series is arguably the best slice of Frank Ocean we've gotten since Channel Orange.

3 / 18

"American Wedding"

"You don't go into a museum and paint a moustache on somebody else's painting," The Eagles' Don Henley said (among many other things) in response to Frank's Nostalgia, Ultra interpretation of "Hotel California." He didn't get the memo that if Frank wants to paint a whole other face on top of your painting, you smile, thank him and hush.

4 / 18

"Wildfire (Reprise)" by John Mayer

Johnny May-May appeared on Channel Orange, and Frank got his own shine on Paradise Valley, where he's the only vocalist on this soothing interlude.

5 / 18

"Bad Religion (Live)" feat. The Roots

An unforgettable performance of the essential open-heart-surgery-as-song.

6 / 18


If Frank's next album consists entirely of 10-minute songs, we'll achieve nirvana and levitate.

7 / 18

"Day Away"

It's been said that Frank's not happy the 64-song demo collection headlined under his birth name is available for mass consumption. Maybe he just hasn't danced to this song.

8 / 18


One of many arguments for the Just Frank Ocean and a Piano tour that has to happen someday.

9 / 18


The full-song version of the heavenly snippet you hear in Channel Orange's final track is something no one should live without.

10 / 18

"Pink Matter"

Having Three Stacks on your debut album—and having him deliver barreling bars like "My memory's no sharp / Butter knife, what a life, anyway / I’m building y’all a clock, stop / What am I Hemingway?"—is the ultimate flex.

11 / 18

"White" with Tyler, the Creator

Frank blessed 2012's The OF Tape Vol. 2 with this companion piece to his Channel Orange track of the same name.

12 / 18

"Swim Good"

"Novacane" might be the be-all/end-all Nostalgia, Ultra single for some; for others, it's "Swim Good" for life.

13 / 18

"When I'm Done"

Lots of the Lonny Breaux collection's tracks are like pop song warm-ups, jam sessions that are sturdy but kinda unremarkable. The very last tune, though, could be a Sheryl Crow smash with guest guitar from a Doobie Brother.

14 / 18

"Sierra Leone"

Frank's narrative skills are preternatural. Like, creating an entire world in two-and-a-half minutes? What kind of superpowers do you have, man?

15 / 18

"Thinkin Bout You (Live)" feat. John Mayer

One of the best things to ever happen to the Saturday Night Live stage.

16 / 18

"Astro" by Mellowhype

Frank's isolated brand of excellence makes it easy to forget he ran with—or runs with, if there's still a present tense—Odd Future. "Wolf Gang's in this bitch," he chants on the only label release from Hodgy Beats and Left Brain's group.

17 / 18


The Lonny Breaux mix's production is clearly lacking compared to Nostalgia, Ultra and Channel Orange, but "Blasted" definitely has something special going on in that department.

18 / 18

"Nature Feels"

If you're gonna redo MGMT's '08/'09-defining single, you can't do worse than opening with, "I've been meaning to fuck you in the garden / Been breathing so hard, we both could use the oxygen." 

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