Lennon Stella Is Blasting Tame Impala, Frank Ocean & More On Her 'Night Drives': Takeover Tuesday Playlist

Pooneh Ghana
Lennon Stella

Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week, Billboard taps chart-topping artists and tastemakers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. We give the artists free rein to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible.


Lennon Stella just kicked off a massive North American tour with The Chainsmokers and 5 Seconds of Summer on Sept. 25. The 20-year-old singer-songwriter will spend the next two months out on the road, performing her Love, me tracks like "La Di Da" and her most recent release, "Bitch (Takes One to Know One)" -- and of course, her Chainsmokers collab "Takeaway" with the dance duo.

But even when she's not touring, Stella loves being on the road -- just for a different reason than playing shows. "When I’m home, driving and blaring music alone is my little safe haven," she tells Billboard in a statement. "I love taking a night drive and just thinking and decompressing to my favorite songs."

The tunes that soundtrack Stella's late-night cruises are a mix of familiar hits, deep cuts and songs by rising stars like Stella herself. The 15-track playlist starts off with Beach House's "Space Song," sprinkles in some Billy Joel ("Just the Way You Are"), and features Stella's favorite tracks from Tame Impala, Frank Ocean and Coldplay. 

Roll down your windows and check out Stella's full playlist, as well as some comments about why she chose the songs she did, below.

Beach House, "Space Song": This song has always transported me to some euphoric land. It has such a cool and peaceful vibe to it that makes you feel so free. 

The Mamas and the Papas, "Dedicated To The One I Love": This song has the coolest vibe, it takes you back in time. My sister showed me this song and I fell in love with it.

Rufus Du Sol, "Innerbloom": I heard “Innerbloom” for the first time ever live at a festival in Canada, and I sobbed the whole time it played. I absolutely love the feeling to this song -- it’s such a good driving song.

Still Woozy, "Foolsong": My sister and I are completely obsessed with this band. I listened to this song an embarrassing amount of times in a row when it first came out.

Aaron Embry, "Raven’s Song": This is one of my favorite songs of all time. I never get tired of it. It makes me feel so at ease and calm. Perfect song for a night time drive.

Billy Joel, "Just the Way You Are": This song will legit be my wedding song. It’s my favorite. Lyrically and sonically, I just love it so much and always have.

Broods, "Everytime You Go": This whole album is insanely amazing. In my top five records of all time I think. The vibe of this song is so unique and cool, and again just such a good song to have on when you’re cruisin’.

Coldplay, "Magic": Such a classic. I think anyone would agree it’s one of the best songs. The ultimate song to blare in your car.

The Japanese House, "Lilo": I saw this band live and fell so in love with their sound. This song makes me feel allll the feels.

The 1975, "If I Believe You": I will never forget hearing this song for the first time. I was actually on a night drive with my boyfriend at the time. He played it for me and I cried for an hour straight and made him play it on repeat until we got home. Such a magical song.

Kings of Leon, "Pyro": THIS SONG. The perfect song for when in the car, it makes you want to drive forever -- such a vibe.

Frank Ocean, "White Ferrari": I heard this song for the first time in the car on a long drive as well, my mom played it for me. It’s such a special song and will forever be one of my favorites.

Tame Impala, "'Cause I’m a Man": I love this song so much. This whole album is a masterpiece, but this is the song I always put on when I get in the car.

Angus and Julia Stone, "Big Jet Plane": “Big Jet Plane” is such a sweet song, always been one of my favorites.

Faye Webster, "Alone Again": This song is so sad, it breaks my heart in all the best ways...so beautiful.


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