Your playlists are boring you, you can’t find any artist you haven’t heard before, and all you seem to listen to is the same five songs on repeat. We’ve all been there.
If you can’t find new music to add to your library, maybe it’s because you’re looking in the wrong decade. There are many great musicians you might’ve missed because they were popular in the ’60s or the ’80s.
Here are some recommendations for who to listen to based on the artists you already like.
If you like Paramore, listen to Blondie
If you’re a fan of Paramore’s most recent album, After Laughter, you’ll especially enjoy Blondie. Hayley Williams is pulling some major Debbie Harry (Blondie’s lead singer) vibes in Paramore’s video for Hard Times.
Both bands are driven by the strong vocals of their lead singers. The bouncing beat and layers of synth found in Paramore’s last two albums are key elements of Blondie’s new wave sound.
Even if you prefer Paramore’s earlier work, you’ll probably still enjoy Blondie’s rougher numbers like One Way or Another or Hanging on the Telephone. If you’ve been super into the whimsical, colorful direction Paramore’s aesthetic has been heading in, you’ll love the fashion and music videos from Blondie’s ’70s and ’80s releases.
If you like Harry Styles, listen to The Rolling Stones
Musically, the similarities shine through on Styles’ self-titled solo album. His jump right into a combination of soulful instrumentals and retro rock ‘n’ roll elements mirrors many songs by The Rolling Stones. If you’re still not convinced, listen to Styles sing Sign of the Times and The Rolling Stones play Memory Motel, or Styles’ Two Ghosts and The Stones’ Wild Horses. The vintage rock flavor of Kiwi can be found in much of the earlier songs by The Rolling Stones, too.
If you like Janelle Monae, listen to Prince
Prince was a big influence on Janelle Monae and is even featured on her song Givin’ Em What They Love. They both combine soul and electronic elements in their songs to create dance-worthy jams. The theme of defying gender expectations appears in their music and appearance, too. Prince’s ruffled blouses, high-heeled boots and eye makeup go hand-in-hand with Monae’s pompadour and love for suits and suspenders.
The electricity of Monae’s vocals over the funky bassline and guitar riffs of her newest release, Make Me Feel, represent the elements of a classic Prince song. (Kiss, anyone? – Slightly NSFW too, but of course, it’s Prince.) Prince and Janelle Monae shared the characteristic of being unashamed of their uniqueness. Both performers bring something original and innovative to the stage and to your music library.
If you like Lorde, listen to Kate Bush
Lorde and Kate Bush have a lot more in common than their curly dark hair. Lorde’s intriguing vocal style and the dreaminess of her songs calls back to Kate Bush’s music.
They both experienced success at an early age, too. Lorde’s song Royals became a hit when she was just sixteen, and Kate Bush released her most popular song, Wuthering Heights, when she was nineteen. The dancing Bush does in the video is definitely reminiscent of some of Lorde’s on-stage dancing from the past.
Both performers are known for being quirky and ethereal. The artsy glam rock style of their music and looks fits the two ladies together perfectly. If you ned any further convincing, just listen to the soft emotion of Lorde’s Liability and Bush’s This Woman’s Work.
If you like Khalid, listen to Tracy Chapman
At first, the comparison between Khalid’s silky R&B tracks and Tracy Chapman‘s acoustic-driven folk music might not seem clear. The emotion at the heart of their music is what ties the two artists together. That’s what makes Khalid’s cover of Chapman’s song Fast Car seem so natural. That, along with their shared husky voices, makes them fitting of being on the same playlist (probably one you want to cry to).
Khalid has cited Chapman as an influence as well. Chapman’s She’s Got Her Ticket and Khalid’s Young Dumb & Broke are rhythmic examples of their artistic overlap. Each of Tracy Chapman’s albums, from the ’80s and beyond, are just as loaded with vulnerable emotion as Khalid’s album American Teen is.
Let me know what you think!
Is there an old school artist you like? Someone who reminds you of a present day artist? Let me know in the comments!