The 'Fight Song' singer, 35, takes a break from her summer tour to share the artists and music that shaped her

By EW Staff
June 30, 2016 at 05:58 PM EDT
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Rachel Platten’s been busy touring behind her debut album Wildfire — and her summer shows no signs of slowing down. During downtime from the road, the “Fight Song” singer-songwriter, who’s also performing on the TODAY show Friday, shares with EW the music and artists that shaped her life.

The song that reminds me of my first crush: Van Morrison, “Sweet Thing”

My high school boyfriend introduced me to Van Morrison, and we used to drive around aimlessly when he first got his license. I remember listening to this and resting my head on his shoulder as he drove, and thinking how impossibly grown-up we were and how it was exactly how we felt about each other and how we were gonna last forever.

The first album I bought: Green Day, Dookie

I was super late to the party but felt extremely cool when I finally saved enough babysitting money to buy it myself at the mall. It’s an absolutely perfect preteen rebellion album.

My go-to workout jam: Rachel Platten, “Fight Song”

No shame in my game!

The concert that changed my life: Taylor Swift, the 1989 World Tour, 2015

I had the chance to perform “Fight Song” with Taylor in Philadelphia. Literally a week before, I was opening for her in the parking lot outside her stadium. Really! So you could say it was life-changing.

The best album for a road trip: Tom Petty, Full Moon Fever

This album is insanely good. Also, I recently had the chance to meet Tom at the Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony [in June]. I was performing right before him, so we were sharing a greenroom. He was very kind even though I might have fangirled out a little too hard.

The album that chills me out: The Head and the Heart, The Head and the Heart

The harmonies are beautiful, and I can listen to the whole thing start to finish. It’s relaxing but also uplifting.

The song I wish I wrote: Robyn, “Call Your Girlfriend”

Robyn is a goddess. She’s one of my biggest musical influences of all time: quirky, badass, emotional, fragile, powerful. I love everything she does, and this is by far my favorite song of hers.

The music I want played at my funeral: New Orleans jazz

I want a celebration, with a big brass band marching through the streets and my friends and family dancing and laughing and drinking and singing and celebrating.

The TODAY show is teaming up with EW for a backstage pass to the “Citi Concert Series on TODAY” with exclusive Q&A’s in the magazine and on Tune in to Rachel Platten’s performance July 1 on NBC.