Listen to Fletcher's 'Hard in My Feels' #TBT Mixtape

Joe Perri
Fletcher

Welcome to #TBT Mixtape, Billboard's series that showcases artists' very own throwback-themed playlists exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. The curated set features the artists' favorite tracks from their youth and childhood.

This week's edition comes from Fletcher. The lightning-rod pop newcomer and Capitol Records signee has been riding high on the release of her debut EP, You Ruined New York City for Me, released in August and executive produced by Malay (Frank Ocean, Lorde, Sam Smith). The New Jersey-bred, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter’s debut cemented her status as one of 2019's biggest pop breakthrough stories, led by the torch song “Undrunk,” released in January and supported by performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Today.

After hitting the road for headlining tours of North America and Europe, the singer will next head out in support of labelmates Lewis Capaldi and Niall Horan’s forthcoming 2020 "Nice to Meet Ya" tour, which kicks off at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena (April 20), with stops at New York’s Barclay’s Center (April 29), MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas (May 16) and closing out at LA’s The Forum (May 18) and San Jose’s SAP Center (May 20).

To mark the occasion, Fletcher put together this week’s #TBT Mixtape to highlight the breadth of her sonic influences, from New Jersey hometown hero Bruce Springsteen to pop titans like Britney Spears and Katy Perry, and cuts by fun., Paramore, Ed Sheeran and more.

“Looking at this list of songs puts me so hard in my feels,” Fletcher says. “Every single one of these records and every single one of these artists have narrated a different emotion, moment, or feeling at some point in my life. Just by looking at the titles each of these songs brings me back to a really specific memory. “

Give the playlist a spin and check out FLETCHER’s track-by-track guide below, plus a few throwback snaps of the artist in her youth.  

Bruce Springsteen, “I’m on Fire”

"I grew up in the same part of Jersey where Bruce Springsteen is from and got his start. He’s had such an impact on the artist I have become. He has such a way with words and telling a story and that’s something that is so important to me to be able to do. Sometimes in the summer, we still see him at our local ice cream shop that he rides his motorcycle to. Pretty fucking cool."

Wyclef Jean feat. Akon, “Sweetest Girl”

"Honestly this is probably so random, but this is hands down my favorite song of all time. I would sit on the bus in middle school and stare at the window as the little sad pre-teen I was and listen to this song on my iPod shuffle on repeat all of the time. Every time I listened to it, I’d get something new from the story. Someone challenge me to a sing off of this song, I’ll smoke you."

Britney Spears, “Toxic”

"All I ever wanted to do was be Britney Spears in a sexy latex suit on an airplane. To me, this song was such a representation of female empowerment and sex. Britney as an artist has always embodied such a strong feminine presence and a confidence I always aspired to have."

Fergie, “Fergalicious”

"This is my go to karaoke song. This song honestly just takes you on a full-on JOURNEY. Every time this came on at our middle school dances my friends and I would lose our minds to it. Also, I know every single word. Side note, one time my dad met Fergie and called me to tell me he met “Ferbie.” We love dads."

Cassie, “Me & U”

"Alright, honestly this song is responsible for my first sexual awakening. I have a very specific memory of going on a ski trip with my parents in upstate New York and listening to this song in the very back row of our very over stuffed SUV. I remember feeling really guilty for liking it and also being confused by the lyrics but also still picturing like such a naughty music video in my head while simultaneously feeling so uncomfortable that my parents were in the car as I was experiencing some of my first sexual thoughts. Idk even typing this I’m sweating a little bit."

Paramore, “Misery Business”

"I had a very emo skater girl phase at one point in time when I was wearing colored skinny jeans, vests, strictly Etnies sneakers, way too much eye liner and an intense side part like Pete Wentz in the 90’s. I carried a skateboard with me everywhere even though I had no idea how to actually ride it. This was a time where I truly felt like only Avril Lavigne, Evanesence, and Hayley Williams understood me."

Lorde, “The Love Club”

"Lorde was the soundtrack of my college years at NYU. I remember I first discovered her when she had like 200 followers on twitter and I tweeted something about how she was going to be the next biggest thing and how obsessed I was. Whether I was getting ready for class or a concert, or riding the subway home alone at night, or at the afterparty, she was always narrating it. She kind of really knows how to capture that sort of fucked up fantasy of growing up and finding your way, but in the most poetic way. I’m a stan."

Nelly Furtado, “Promiscuous”

"The sonic landscape that Timbaland has created over the years has been something I’ve been a fan of my entire life. His production has been a major inspiration for the music I’ve been making lately actually. So stay tuned."

Justin Timberlake feat. Timbaland, “Sexyback”

"Who doesn’t love this song and who doesn’t love JT? Embarrassingly enough, this is the first song I ever grinded to with a boy at a school dance. I really wish I was a fly on the wall and could go back in time for this moment. Couldn’t have been pretty."

Celine Dion, “The Power of Love”

"Growing up my parents weirdly only ever had 2 CD’s in the house and that was Bob Marley and Celine Dion. My grandma used to sing this song to me, so from such an early age I developed such an appreciation for the art of the voice and how moving vocals can be. Celine Dion is hands down one of the greatest vocalists of all time."

Bob Marley, “Three Little Birds”

"I was a really anxious kid and spent a lot of my childhood in my head, and this was the one song that could always get me out of it. “Don’t worry about a thing cause every little thing is gonna be alright” is such a powerful lyric and it’s a song that still brings me such solace still to this day."

Madonna, “Like a Prayer”

"Madonna is one of the most iconic artists of our time. She represents sex, rebellion, and female empowerment. I respect what she has done over the course of her decades-spanning career so much."

Ryn Weaver, “OctaHate”

"This song makes me think of the summer I went through the shittiest heartbreak of my life. Ryn’s voice got me through that time."

Disclosure, “Latch”

"I would imagine that when you die, Sam Smith is just waiting at the gates of heaven singing to you. At least that’s what I’m hoping for."

fun., “Some Nights”

"The harmonies in the song kill me. The melodies are bananas. They get me every time."

Ed Sheeran, “The A Team”

"Ed Sheeran is one of my favorite lyricists ever. His attention to detail is so incredible and every line paints such a picture. I remember the first time I ever heard this song, I cried. He’s such a special artist."

Tori Kelly, “Confetti”

"I was interning for a management company in Los Angeles and I listened to Tori Kelly’s Handmade Songs EP on my hour drive in shitty Los Angeles traffic every single day. This girl’s vocals are so incredible. I swear i became a better singer from belting this at the top of my lungs in my white Prius that summer."

Bastille, “Pompeii”

"I was in Nashville writing and recording my first EP when I heard this song and it really influenced that music I was making at the time, especially the drums and percussion."

Katy Perry, “Teenage Dream”

"This entire album is one of the reasons why I fell in love with pop music. Katy Perry was the ultimate escapism and its hands down one of the greatest records of all time. Name a better bridge, I’ll wait."

Backstreet Boys, “I Want It That Way”

"We all love Backstreet Boys moment and especially this song. I will be honest though, the one and only time I ever blacked out was at a backstreet boys concert in my hometown when they went on their reunion tour and my mom had to pick me up from it. It’s definitely not one of my finer moments."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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