Rachel Platten Shares Her Personal Playlist -- From Ultimate Make-Out Song to Favorite Hangover Tune

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Rachel Platten photographed at the T.J. Martell Foundation's 16th Annual New York Family Day at Brooklyn Bowl on Dec. 13, 2015 in New York City.  

Everyone already knows the song that Rachel Platten likes to kick ass to: Her breakout hit, “Fight Song,” peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. The 34-year-old singer, who released her major-label debut, Wildfire, Jan. 1 on Columbia, reveals the tunes that soundtrack her other moods and moments.

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My cry song: Ben Rector, “The Men That Drive Me Places”
“I was on a plane with Andy Grammer recently, and he shared this song with me. We put on headphones and bawled listening to it three times in a row. It’s a beautiful message, especially for artists: You can get so caught up in this world of people doing things for you that you forget to listen to everybody’s story.”

My make-out song: Marvin Gaye, “Let’s Get It On”
“When I was dating anyone and they would come see my show, I’d cover this. It was like a secret weapon. I don’t think anyone gets sexier than Marvin.”

My hangover song: Pixies, “Where Is My Mind?”
“It helps me come to terms with my behavior the night before. I used to cover this too: It’d make me feel [Pixies bassist] Kim Deal-cool, even playing to a mostly empty bar of drunk people.”

My tour-bus song: The 1975, "Love Me" 
"Their new single is this super cool throwback-'80s jam. They're one of the only bands that my whole band and crew can agree on that we all dig, so when we're on the road this is a good one to blast. And the video has a ton of hot girls, so the guys like it."

My rock-out song: Queen, "Bohemian Rhapsody" 
"The Wayne's World scene made me feel like I also need to learn every single word and know what to do in the car when this comes on. It just makes me want to head-bang. There's so many different moments in that song to have ridiculous moves to."

My high-school song: The Emotions, "Best of My Love"
"My group of friends would blast the Boogie Nights soundtrack at every party, and this song was on it. The bass line is unbelievable. I referenced it on my album on "Hey Hey Hallelujah," a collaboration with Andy Grammer."

My bedtime song: James Vincent McMorrow, "Higher Love" 
"I recently fell in love with him. All of his stuff is beautiful, but his cover of [Steve Winwood's] "Higher Love" is everything -- just piano and his voice. I usually listen to his Spotify Artist Radio and fall asleep."

My karaoke song: Salt-N-Pepa, “Do You Want Me”
“I like to do ’90s rap songs, and this is my favorite. I made up a dance to it with my friend when I was 11. I still know it -- unfortunately for anyone in the bar when I’m doing karaoke.” 

An edited version of this story originally appeared in the Jan. 16 issue of Billboard.

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