Sometimes when I really like an artist, I ruin my love for them by listening to their music way
too much. I take a song and I listen to it over and over again, on repeat until I grow extremely tired to the point where simply the sound of their voice is enough to make me feel nauseous... But I don't want you
to feel that way. I don't want anyone
to feel that way, ever. So here's how to avoid getting sick of your favorite artist: listen to other artists. Simple, right? And no, it's not cheating... You're doing it out of love. You're preserving your energy for the good stuff. It doesn't mean that Drake fans have to start listening to Kurt Vile, it just means they have to start listening to other just-as-great rap artists, like Kanye.
Right now, a lot of people are listening to Ed Sheeran
. He's only like, the biggest
male pop star ever right now, next to Justin Bieber or The Weeknd. And we can understand why you love him
; his music appeals to the masses. College bros all over the world are partying to "Shape Of You" while little tween gals daydream of future romance while listening to "Thinking Out Loud." Sheeran's personal throwback stories on "Castle on the Hill" suddenly make you feel nostalgic for that time you and your friends stayed out past curfew to sleep on the beach, and "A-Team" relates to, uh, drug-addicted prostitutes everywhere... But like I said, we need to preserve
all of that Ed Sheeran love, so let's take a look at some artists who are in the same sonic realm as him, that you will love just as much. We promise.
1. James Bay
Much like Ed Sheeran, James Bay has that thick English accent and those sweet, undeniable guitar licks.
Sure, you know "Pompeii," but do you know Bastille's other songs? We promise their latest album, Wild World,
will indeed make you go wild.
Passenger and Ed Sheeran are actually pretty tight friends who started out together, so you could see how they'd be musically similar. They even have a song together ("Heart's On Fire")! Is that cheating? Nah...
4. Charlie Puth
Charlie Puth is another great male pop singer. Perhaps a little underrated - he might just be the next Ed in a few years. Watch out, Ed!
Birdy's pure and fragile music is a singer-songwriter dream.
6. Tom Odell
Tom Odell is another English pop singer-songwriter who writes a ton of songs about unrequited love and living his finest, edgiest life as a young adult. We love his relatable lyrics and soulful voice, and he ain't too hard on the eyes either.
7. X Ambassadors
X Ambassadors are masters of the indie rock/pop anthem. Take out the "indie" and you kind of have Ed Sheeran.
8. Jack Savoretti
Another English man (see a pattern here?), Jack Savoretti is the deep and raspy voice that you need to listen to NOW.
9. Bear's Den
This folk-rock trio incorporate a ton of harmonies and beautiful acoustic guitars into their music. Any Sheeran fan would dig their latest album, Red Earth & Pouring Rain.
10. Jack Garratt
This British singer sounds like what Sheeran would sound like if he swapped out his guitar with grimy electronics.
11. Kelvin Jones
Thumping drums, tons of acoustic guitars, and feel-good pop sensibilities essentially makes Kelvin Jones Ed Sheeran's musical twin.
12. The Staves
Beautifully blending acoustic folk with gorgeous harmonies and intricate storytelling, The Staves will undoubtedly win over any Sheeran fan in a heart beat.