Traffic Jams with Aloe Blacc

Three essential genres for this rising pop star’s commute playlist

Aloe Blacc provides the soothing vocals to “Wake Me Up,” the collaboration with Avicci that has become an anthem for Angelenos stuck in traffic: “Wake me up when it’s all over” … and we’re off the 10. As a California native, Blacc understands how important music selection can be for surviving commutes. “When I’m driving,” he said, “I need something that keeps my attention.” Here is a sampling of music that does just that, along with our suggestions for how to add essence of Aloe Blacc to your personal playlist.

Psychedelic Jazz – “This is probably my favorite music, even though it’s very much unknown. There is really only one man who made music like this: Eugene McDaniels.”
Add These to Your Playlist:
“Tower of Strength”
“Feel Like Makin’ Love”
“Compared To What”

Brazilian – “The chord structures are complex and European with African beats.”
Add These to Your Playlist:
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Astrud Gilberto
Jorge Ben Jor

Classic Rock – “This is what I go for when I listen to the radio.”
Add These to Your Playlist:
Led Zeppelin
The Who
Rolling Stones

For more on Aloe Blacc, check out our behind the scenes look at his L.A. shoot of “Love is the Answer.”