Takeover Tuesday: Harry Hudson Creates a Western-Inspired Cinematic Soundscape

The folk-pop singer's new album 'Yesterday's Tomorrow Night' is out now.

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

Harry Hudson finds inspiration in the Wild West, as evidenced by his short film Can Cowboys Cry. The dreamy 16-minute film served as a precursor to the 23-year-old singer's debut album Yesterday’s Tomorrow Night, which was released in March.

Ahead of his first headlining show in New York on May 9, Hudson takes Billboard through the musical inspirations for his album, as well many of his current favorite tracks. He begins with the Ennio Morricone-composed theme song from the 1965 Western film For a Few Dollars More.

"I open the playlist with 'For A Few Dollars More' because that's one of my favorite films of all time, and the score inspired my album," Hudson told Billboard. "I love the way music supports the emotion of a scene and can make you feel something. I wanted my album to feel cinematic and accomplish the same thing."

Hudson’s playlist for Takeover Tuesday is equal parts contemporary and classic, with songs that span decades and genres. He continues to reference the folk sound of the 1960s by featuring "California Dreamin" by The Mamas & The Papas, as well as The Beatles’ "Yesterday." The sweet sounds of a twangy guitar are also prominent within Hudson's playlist as heard on tracks by blues rock band Alabama Shakes and country crooner Chris Stapleton.

These songs are nicely juxtaposed with a couple of hip-hop singles from the last year, like "E" by Jaden Smith (a fellow member of the artist collective MSFTS) and Cardi B’s Billboard Hot 100 hit "Bartier Cardi" featuring 21 Savage. Many tracks from Hudson's own western-inspired concept album are also included, such as "The Legend of the Yellow Rose," "Love, Dad," and the lead single "Cry for Love." 

Check out Harry Hudson's Takeover Tuesday playlist below.


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