#6. Frank Ocean "Novacane"
Producer: Tricky Stewart
Label: Def Jam
Complex says: When Frank Ocean released nostalgia, ULTRA for free through his Tumblr, he (along with The Weeknd) basically turned R&B on its head. Although Weeknd’s superb House of Balloons ultimately trumped nostalgia, ULTRA, Ocean was able to boast something Weeknd simply couldn’t: A clear cut single. That single was “Novacane,” an infectious song that’s been able to get some airplay and chart at #28 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Although the story of love and loss Frank tells may not be unique, it still features the quirks that make him special. For one, it’s quite possibly the only love song ever to emphasize numbness over sensation. Moreover, it features the classic quip, “She said she wanna be a dentist really bad/She's in school, paying for tuition doing porn in the Val...At least she working!”