Guest DJ: Hear Rozzi Crane’s Exclusive ‘Songs I Listened to Driving to School’ Playlist

Remising about the music we listened to in high school is a favorite topic of discussion for those that now work in the industry, whether as a writer or singer. Arguments over who had more Blink-182 on their compilation discs have yet to go stale, and thanks to the occasional throwback plays at house parties and nightclubs, neither have the songs themselves.

Up-and-coming singer Rozzi Crane, who was one of Elvis Duran’s Artists of the Month, is bound to find herself on a few high schooler’s compilation discs as well. Her breakthrough voice, a blend between the sweetness of Leona Lewis and Pink’s feisty delivery, has landed her as the first artist signed to Adam Levine’s 222 Records, inevitably landing her a role on The Voice in April. Curious about what material Rozzi was drawn to before making it big herself, we asked the young performer to put together a playlist of the songs she listened to while driving to school. You can check out her “Songs I Listened to Driving to School” playlist below, as well as catch the video for her latest single PSYCHO.

“In Your Eyes” – Peter Gabriel

I became obsessed with this song when I was 8. I remember sitting in the back of my dad’s car choreographing entire dance productions to it in my head as if I had any business choreographing anything.

“Who Will Save Your Soul” – Jewel

Jewel was my first concert. I knew I wanted to be a singer after the 1st grade talent show when I performed a very serious Jewel song. This is one of her more fun songs and one I constantly played in my parents’ car.

“Upside Down” – Diana Ross

I remember listening to this driving around with my mom. In the 4th grade I recorded an entirely a cappella album on my friend’s dad’s computer; we called ourselves “Hot Sizzlin’ Sisters”. It was theoretically all original material but 90% of the melodies were stolen from my Diana Ross Greatest Hits album.

“Baba O’Riley” – The Who

A middle school staple. My dad would drive me and my brother most mornings and all three of us would try and guess the exact moment the piano came in during the intro. I still remember that the drop is at :32 seconds.

“Sugar Mountain” – Neil Young

Neil Young will always remind me of my brother and my dad – it was another middle school morning song. I don’t think any lyric makes me more sad than “You can’t be 20 on sugar mountain though you’re thinking that you’re leaving there too soon”.

“Never Meant” – American Football

Now I’m in high school (!!) and my older/cooler brother is driving me in a carpool with a bunch of his friends.

“Wouldn’t It Be Nice” – The Beach Boys

My Sophomore year my brother switched off driving with our neighbor and our neighbor was a serious Beach Boys fan. One day he played this song on repeat for the entire ride home from school.

“Mrs. Officer” – Lil Wayne

My Junior year I started driving a carpool with some of my friends which means I was in charge and there was a whole lot more hip hop.

“Let It Rain” – JoJo

If my carpoolers didn’t like JoJo before I entered their lives they definitely did after…

“Party In The U.S.A” – Miley Cyrus

Now I’m a Freshman at USC without a car in Los Angeles. But I heard this song all over campus, out of every dorm room, and at every frat party, everyday for months. (And I LOVE this song).

“The Root” – D’Angelo

My musical director/great friend Sam Wilkes introduced me to D’Angelo during our first “tour” when we were driving from Los Angeles to San Francisco to play a show at a laundromat (seriously). Sam got me into D and I got him into Bey and neither of us have ever looked back!

“Calgary” – Bon Iver

I loved Bon Iver in high school but I remember hearing this song for the first time stuck in an airport in Albuquerque. My band and I were trying to get home after playing a one off show opening for Earth, Wind & Fire. I had also just been offered a record deal and even spending the night on the airport floor couldn’t bum me out.

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