The musical stylings of Janelle Monae are out of this world. A mixture of string arrangements, booming drums and wide range vocals, it’s easy to see her influences range from legends like Prince and Judy Garland to relative newcomers like Miguel and Esperanza Spalding. In honor of her just released Vixen cover story, we present a throwback playlist, inspired by Janelle’s influences and collaborators. Keep an eye out for 90′s R&B, classic Hollywood tunes and disco hits of the past.
Work just got a lot more bearable. (And don’t forget to read our interview with the “Electric Lady” here.)