Here Are All The Awesome Songs Alessia Cara Recommends

It’s only fitting that Canada’s biggest block party is hosted by one of Canada’s biggest stars—Alessia Cara. Cara will be co-hosting the iHeartRadio MMVAs with Joe Jonas on June 18, and not only will she be guiding us through the night, but the pop singer from Brampton, Ontario could also be walking away with a fistful of awards. She’s nominated for Most Buzzworthy Canadian, iHeartRadio Canadian Single of the Year for “Scars To Your Beautiful,” and Fan Fave Artist.

The Know-It-All singer has created some amazing tracks like “Scars To Your Beautiful,” “Here” and “Wild Things,” so it’s no surprise that she also has great taste in music outside of her own. From what we know, she has wide variety in her music preferences that when put together, can make a bomb, cohesive playlist.

Here’s an Alessia Cara approved playlist, filled with some hot new tracks to bump this summer.


“Drew Barrymore” — SZA

Everyone including Cara and Barrymore herself are fans of this funky, modern R&B banger. This track is one of two songs off SZA’s upcoming album Ctrl, where the singer also collaborates with Travis Scott on “Love Galore.”


“Coloring” — Kevin Garrett

Cara could be a bit biased when it comes to this song, since she has confirmed her and Garrett are an item, but the recommendation still stands. Garrett has released several singles and two EPs that are definitely worth a listen, including this super-smooth, falsetto track from his 2015 EP Mellow Drama. The power couple also perform occasional covers together on their YouTube channels.


“Advice” — Kehlani

Cara applauded Kehlani for this fire track, off the singer’s debut studio album SweetSexySavage, on her Twitter late last year.


“The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home” — Declan McKenna

Cara shouted out the young British artist earlier this year, signalling that he’s on the verge of making it big. This track was the second single off his debut album What Do You Think About The Car?, which has already gained popularity thanks to the hit single “Brazil.” If the rest of the album is anything like these two, it’s sure to be a hit.


“My Love” — Lydia Beyene

In February, Cara shared a collage of song recommendations on her Twitter with the caption “listen and ur welcome.” It turns out thank yous are in order—the following four bangers all came from her must have list, including this track from up and coming singer Lydia Beyene.


“Everyone’s Talking” — James Hersey

The budding Austrian singer showcases his unique pop-rock sound and visual depiction of love in the digital days in his music video for “Everyone’s Talking.” His five-track EP Pages was released this year and has a super unique sound, so it’s no wonder why Hersey made her Twitter list.



Cara hyped this track on the aforementioned list of recommended songs she shared via Twitter. Best known for his hit single “Problems” off his debut album Free 6lack, the Atlanta singer has a unique R&B infused hip hop sound.


“Bet She Looks Like You” — Nick Hakim

Hakim’s first album Green Twins that debuted this year, and we can see why Cara would recommend this groovy, transcendent sound.

Make sure to check out Cara hosting the iHeartRadio MMVAs on June 18, 9E / 6P