John Legend: Songs, die ihn inspirierten

Playlist: John Legend

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Five soul classics he can’t live without.

With 10 Grammys, one Academy Award, one Golden Globe and more than 7 million albums sold—in just over a decade—John Legend has risen from talented soul singer to one of entertainment’s big players. Last year, Fortune magazine ranked him sixth in its World’s Greatest Leaders list—right behind Pope Francis and Apple CEO Tim Cook—for his advocacy of education and human rights programs. Legend’s fifth album, Darkness and Light, released in December, is a nod to the music of his heroes, such as Marvin Gaye, with a modern pop spin. Here, the 38-year-old reveals five soul classics he can’t live without. johnlegend.com 

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Marvin Gaye - “Got to Give It Up”

“This is one of my favorite songs in the whole world. It always puts me in a good mood. It’s like my party-starter song: As soon as someone puts it on, the night is good. Me and my wife, we love to go out and have a blast. We’re both night people, and we go out to clubs and the movies a lot. I guess we try to create balance to the busy lives we live, and good music is an important part of that.”

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Stevie Wonder - “Visions”

“I used to cover this song, because I just love it so much. It’s kind of eerie, a little bit dark and almost sad. But it envisions a better world, too, which is very important— especially right now. Politics feels very dark at the moment. It makes me a little bit worried for the future of my country. Honestly, I still think Hillary [Clinton] would have been the right choice, particularly given the choices we had.” 

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Nina Simone - “Sinnerman”

“This is such an epic recording. Her piano playing is incredible— it’s just got this raw energy that I love. When my daughter was born last spring, we had quite a few names we were thinking about, and I was really into the idea of Simone being her middle name, because I’m a big Nina Simone fan. In the end, we settled on Luna [as her first name], because we love how it sounds in conjunction with Simone.” 

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Aretha Franklin - “Day Dreaming“

“Aretha is the queen. If you want to listen to proper soul, you’ve
got to play her music. This song creates the perfect start to your day. Just the way the music rolls in: ‘Doo doo doo, daydreaming and I’m thinking of you …’ Also, it’s perfect for cooking to. My wife [model Chrissy Teigen] is writing cookbooks, so I’m the sous chef and her guinea pig. I’ll be a few pounds heavier the next time you see me.” 

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Al Green - “Let’s Stay Together“

“This one was played at my wedding. It’s perfect for that occasion, because it just makes you feel great. I wish I’d written it, because once you write a wedding song or a strip-club anthem, you’re never short of royalties. It’ll last for ever; it’s perennial. But I don’t think I’ve got one in me, and I probably won’t get any more famous than I already am. It’ll probably only go downhill from here. [Laughs.]” 

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