As a transplanted New Yorker, Rachel Platten has had her fair share of being trapped on the F train. When we talked with the singer recently, she reminisced about living in Greenwich Village with her roommates and working terrible jobs just to pay the rent. When she’s not touring, Platten still calls New York City home.

Considering Platten’s perpetually positive personality, we asked her what songs she listened to on the subway to make for an enjoyable commute. Her picks are below:

“Dancing On My Own” – Robin
“Waterfalls” – TLC
“Push It” – Salt N Pepa
“Let’s Get It On” – Marvin Gaye
“September” - Earth, Wind & Fire

Walking to work? Platten suggests listening to classical music. Her album of choice is Yo Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone. “If you’re walking through the city and you have this modern classical music in your ear, New York becomes a beautiful, romantic movie,” she says. “All the shoving and stress just becomes part of the landscape.”

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