Lukas Graham has literally taken the world by storm (as the catchy second track on his self-titled album, out today, claims) with his infectious single “7 Years” and perfectly pitched, unforgettable voice. Sitting at the top of music charts worldwide, the laid-back Graham—who formed his band and gained popularity in his native Denmark before hitting America—is the epitome of calm, cool, and collected. When we saw him perform at the Spotify House last month at South By Southwest, we felt like we made a new friend by the time he left the stage because of how inclusive and conversational he was with his fan-filled audience.
Which is why we’re excited about the release of his self-titled debut album stateside this morning. With a bit of soul-pop flavor, a little hip-hop infusion, and beautiful piano accompaniment, it’s apparent that the singer’s got way more to offer than just one chart-topping single. To celebrate the album’s release and share some of his personal favorites, Graham curated our Listen With Us playlist for the weekend with all the songs he can’t get enough of right now (plus his new album, of course).
Sam Cook, “A Change Is Gonna Come”
“One of the best songs ever. So sad and full of hope at the same time. We actually use to cover this at our early shows.”
Dr. Dre, “F-ck You”
“Chronic 2001 is one of our favorite albums of all time. I have so many favorite songs on this album, but if we had to choose one this is it. I always feel like listening to it!”
Chris Stapleton, “Tennessee Whiskey”
“When you are in this mood, this one works overtime.”
Miguel, “Sure Thing”
“One of the most original new artists to make it big. Could vibe out to this one all day.”
“Listening to Dre’s Compton album, one new voice really stood out: Anderson Paak. No one really sounds like Anderson Paak, and he’s always original.”
Frank Ocean, “Thinkin’ Bout You”
“One of the best albums of this decade, and this song is just pure magic. So well written!!!” We agree and add the question: FRANK, WHERE IS THAT SECOND ALBUM?
J. Cole, “Nobody’s Perfect”
“J. Cole is one of our favorites among the newer rappers, and this song just got such a good bounce to it!”
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