Corinne Bailey Rae
Photo: Autumn De Wilde

Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (Reprise, 1969)
"There are certain artists—Neil Young is one, Bob Dylan is another—who have so many little corners of their careers to explore: great albums that don't sound like anything else. Some of these songs are so hypnotic. I love 'Down by the River'—it's epic, and it's got an amazing guitar solo."

Elvis Perkins in Dearland (XL, 2009)
"It's folksy-indie, somewhat acoustic, with horns and lots of interesting arrangements. I like the vibe, but Elvis Perkins's voice is what captures me—a sort of strangled blues howl that's compelling and unique."

Jazz Masters 51: Blossom Dearie (Verve, 1996)
"She was a bebop singer who did beautiful versions of American standards. She sings 'Tea for Two' but really slow and sexy; on Cole Porter's 'Give Him the Ooh-La-La,' she's cheeky and adorable. I love her playfulness, and her voice—it's childlike and womanly at the same time."

Solomon Burke, If You Need Me/Rock 'n' Soul (Collectables, 1998)
"The first track kills me. [Sings] If you need me / all you gotta do is call me / don't wait too long / just pick up your phone / I'll hurry home.... When he sings, you believe what he says."

Corinne Bailey Rae's favorite music